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City Gallery City Gallery Wellington

Past event

BWB Talks: The Dark Island

11 November 2019

The remarkable story of the Quail Island leprosy colony in Lyttleton Harbour sheds light on how New Zealand has treated some of its most marginal, unfortunate, and isolated people. Historian Benjamin Kingsbury explores these little-known stories through his new book The Dark Island, a revelatory narrative that extends to Wellington's own harbour and Mokopuna Island - once known as 'Leper Island'.

Benjamin Kingsbury will be joined in conversation with Dr Miranda Johnson.

Benjamin Kingsbury is a historian for Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori Crown Relations.

Dr. Miranda Johnson is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, focusing on colonial, Indigenous, and cross-cultural histories.

In partnership with Bridget Williams Books

These free events are very popular, we recommend early arrival to secure a seat.