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Elma Turner Library Celebrates Tuku 22 Whakatū Heritage Month

Explore some aspects of Nelson’s Chinese heritage and come along on April 9 to our author talk with Cristina Sanders to find out about the wild-child of the Wakefield family during Tuku 22 at the Libraries.

Author talk
Saturday 9 April, 2pm-3pm – Cristina Sanders on “Jerningham”

Join Cristina Sanders as she talks about researching and writing her historical fiction Jerningham. Based on the life of the wild child Jerningham Wakefield and the recklessness of colonial New Zealand.

Edward Jerningham Wakefield was the wild-child of the Wakefield family that set up the New Zealand Company to bring the first settlers to this country. His story is told through the eyes of bookkeeper Arthur Lugg, who is tasked by Colonel William Wakefield to keep tabs on his brilliant but unstable nephew.
Bookings required


Other Events:

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 April – A weekend of Chinese board games – Majong and more!
Board games for adults have had a revival. Discover some favourite Chinese board games this weekend – 10-2 on Saturday and 1-3 Sunday.  All welcome.

Tuesday 5 April, 11am-12pm – Karen Stade and Diana Clark on Appo Hocton
Appo was Nelson’s, and New Zealand’s, first Chinese settler. Karen is the author of a book about Appo and Diana is a direct descendant. Discover his many stories.
Bookings required

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 April – A weekend of Chinese board games and activities for children
Drop in, play and discover!


Further Research

Nelson Public Libraries celebrate heritage throughout the year and have a range of resources to support historical and genealogy research: – Stories from the Top of the South, our Research Room and heritage collections plus online and print family history resources. Book a Librarian for help and advice!


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