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AHI is committed to providing a platform to present exciting new research into Auckland’s past. Contributions come from students and staff at the University of Auckland, academics from other New Zealand Universities and Institutions as well as professional historians.

The AHI also showcases recent research at an annual Symposium. To find out more and watch a selection of presentations from the 2019 AHI Symposium see AHI Events.

Local History: Making Places Matter

Local History: Making Places Matter

*Lucy Mackintosh Local, or place-based history, is often dismissed by academic historians as lacking an ‘analytical edge’, or as presenting places as fixed, stable entities that do not relate to national questions. But by relegating local narratives to a field outside...

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What’s in a name? Calling Auckland through time

What’s in a name? Calling Auckland through time

  by Linda Bryder* In July 2021 I was invited to speak at an urban history symposium in Palmerston North about the history of ‘Auckland: The Big Smoke’. Auckland has always been my home; my parents arrived in Auckland in 1950 as Danish immigrants, after a brief...

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Leaving home and coming home

Leaving home and coming home

by Slavenka Misa (nee Sumich)
Belonging, identity and citizenship were in a flux. Dalmatian New Zealanders began to apply to return to New Zealand before the end of 1948; disillusioned with Yugoslavia they were keen to return ‘home’. Some returnees, desperate and despairing of obtaining official permission and papers for their departure tried to flee over the Italian border.

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Experiencing Yugoslavia

Experiencing Yugoslavia

by Slavenka Misa (nee Sumich)
The returnees understood that they were going to a war damaged land but articles in the Napredak newspaper had filled them with optimism that reconstruction and social and economic progress was forging ahead. They expected to tighten their belts for a while then afterwards to thrive in the promised utopia.

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The Voyage

The Voyage

by Slavenka Misa*
The two Yugoslav ships that carried out the repatriation voyages were bought with the express purpose of repatriating young fit Yugoslavs living overseas.

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Help where help was needed – Single Mothers and the Salvation Army Bethany Home in 1960s-70s Auckland

Help where help was needed – Single Mothers and the Salvation Army Bethany Home in 1960s-70s Auckland

By Ione Cussen*
The Salvation Army Bethany Home in Auckland was a much-loved and well-utilised private maternity hospital and home for single mothers. Running from 1897 until 2011, Auckland Bethany was one of seven Bethany Homes that operated throughout the country. These homes witnessed over a century’s worth of developments in women’s rights, sexual health, birth, and parenthood.

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Lest we forget: ANZAC Day

Lest we forget: ANZAC Day

by Linda Bryder* While we rightly pause to commemorate the 16,500 plus New Zealanders who lost their lives in the First World War, let’s not forget those who survived the war only to succumb to a global viral infection during the last three months of 1918, just as the...

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Auckland City Mission and the Poor in Auckland

Auckland City Mission and the Poor in Auckland

by Peter Lineham* Auckland City Mission celebrates its centenary in June 2020. The Standing Committee of the Anglican Diocese approved a proposal for the establishment of the Mission earlier that year and it commenced with services in the Princess Theatre in Queen...

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