Upcoming members’ events

Sunday 11 June – Eating Houses of Wellington in the early 1980s – an illustrated talk by Vivienne Morrell (with Lois Daish)

“The idea for this talk came from the book Eating Houses in Wellington, published in 1980. The text was by Pauline Clayton, Jeff Kennedy had the restaurant connections, and illustrations were by then Wellington mayor (and architect) Michael Fowler. 

Of the 30 places in the book, I have limited my selection to talk about and will focus on about 10, looking at what the book said about them, the illustrations, some history about the building and historic images where I could find them and what’s there today. Perhaps surprisingly, most of the buildings are still there.

Former restaurant owner and food writer Lois Daish is one of the restaurant owners in the book, and she will speak about hers and connections with others near the end of the talk.”

The presentation will be followed by refreshments.

Vivienne is a committee member of HPW and formerly worked at Historic Places Trust (now Heritage NZ) and used to teach an evening class on Wellington’s heritage buildings.

The event will be advertised in our May newsletter and RSVPs will be taken then.


Our AGM this year will be on Sunday 27 August at 2pm. Our speaker will be PhD candidate Eva Forster-Garbutt who is researching historic domestic interiors. Further details will be given closer to the time.


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