People's History Series 2014: 'Bringing colonialism home: The experiences and impact of Wellington’s immigrant workers.'

People’s History Series 2014: ‘Bringing colonialism home: The experiences and impact of Wellington’s immigrant workers.’

Next week’s talk in our series on migration themes will be given by Charlotte Macdonald. This talk will be at Tiuakiwai, on the lower ground floor of the National Library, Aitken St entrance, Wednesday 19 November at 530pm.

Charlotte will speak on:

‘Bringing colonialism home: The experiences and impact of Wellington’s immigrant workers.’

People from New Zealand’s Pacific empire were part of the war effort, as workers and as fighters. Not well known in the story of women’s wartime work, however, is the history of women from the Pacific employed as domestics in New Zealand homes. This talk tells part of their story.

Charlotte Macdonald is a historian with particular interests in the lives of women, including paid and unpaid domestic work in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is professor of history at Victoria University of Wellington/Te Whare Wananga o Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui. Her publications include A Woman of Good Character: single women as immigrant settlers in 19thC New Zealand, The Book of New Zealand Women/Ko Kui Ma te Kaupapa (edited with Merimeri Penfold and Bridget Williams), My Hand Will Write What My Heart Dictates (with Frances Porter), and Strong, Beautiful and Modern, a study of the 1930s-40s national fitness movements in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.