To celebrate the life and ideas of Colenso – one of the fathers of New Zealand – on the bicentenary of his birth the Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Napier is hosting a programme of events from 9 – 13 November 2011.
Printer of some of the most significant documents in New Zealand history, missionary, explorer and botanist, a free-wheeling politician and controversialist – William Colenso was a maverick.
Not only one of the fathers of New Zealand, Colenso is a central character in 19th Century Hawke’s Bay life, so it is fitting his bicentenary be celebrated in, what became his home town.
The Bicentenary will be centered on a two-day academic conference with international author and science historian, Dr Jim Endersby of the University of Sussex joining Peter Wells, author of the new book The Hungry Heart – A Journey with William Colenso as keynote speakers for the conference. Twelve speakers will present new research into all aspects of William Colenso’s life.
An accompanying programme of events held across Hawke’s Bay, hosted by HBMAG and partners will include; a journey into William Colenso’s Napier, a tramp to the foot of Colenso Spur in the Ruahine Ranges, a Choral Evensong and Sunday Service at the Waiapu Anglican Cathedral and a exhibition, floortalk and workshop by award winning Havelock North botanical artist Terrie Reddish at the Hastings City Art Gallery.
Go to www.williamcolenso.co.nz to find out more about the full programme of the conference and events taking place, and to register for the bicentenary.
Hawke's Bay Museum & Art Gallery
P: 64 6 835 7781
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