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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.

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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Heritage is NOT history – or is it?

Heritage is NOT history – or is it?

by Ben Schrader* There is an instinctive relationship between heritage and history. If heritage professionals see heritage as a process of presenting the past in tangible (buildings, museums) and intangible ways (dance, festivals), then historians offer understandings...

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Auckland: City of cultural segregation

Auckland: City of cultural segregation

A leading Pacific studies academic says social policies have driven cultural segregation in New Zealand's largest city How often do we hear that Auckland is this wonderfully diverse city where immigration has produced an exciting multicultural mix and made it a truly...

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