History for Lunch today with Redmer Yska: Katherine Mansfield in the time of cholera in Wellington

Wellington Harbour by Barraud tiny

On Wednesdays from 12.30-1.30pm during the month of August, the Central Library is hosting a series of history talks covering the social, urban and Māori history of Wellington.

The first talk today, Wednesday 7 August, will be with notable Wellington historian Redmer Yska, and the topic is: The Flight to South Karori: How Katherine Mansfield’s family coped with life and death in the time of cholera (1890-93)

Redmer will uncover the extraordinary story of Wellington’s cholera epidemic and the associated flight of the Beauchamp family out of the city, along with many other members of Wellington’s middle-class. The story also covers the political battles that waged between influential forces as the city struggled to gain the means to rectify the situation. Redmer also wrote about this topic in the Dominion Post recently.

Come along — all welcome!