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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’.
Join us in celebration of this new book, with Benjamin Kingsbury joined in conversation by Dr. Miranda Johnson.
Monday November 11th
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
(Doors open 5.30 pm, Auditorium open 5:45 pm)
City Gallery Wellington
Speakers: Benjamin Kingsbury
Chair: Miranda Johnson
About the Speakers
Benjamin Kingsbury was born in Auckland in 1987, and brought up in New Zealand and Pakistan. He has taught history at Victoria University of Wellington, and now works as a historian for Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori Crown Relations.
Dr. Miranda Johnson is a senior lecturer in History at the University of Sydney, focusing on colonial, Indigenous, and cross-cultural histories. She is the author of the prize-winning book The Land Is Our History: Indigeneity, Law, and the Settler State (2016).