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Book launch at Central City Library

Book launch at Central City Library

Auckland City Libraries invites you to attend a book launch at the Central City Library on 26 September that is sure to fascinate all Auckland family historians.

Author David Hasting’s book Over the Mountains of the Sea: Life on the Migrant Ships 1870–1885 (Auckland University Press) draws on the records of 250 voyages and 80 shipboard diaries to give a vibrant, stark and gritty picture of migrant life onboard ships travelling to New Zealand in the late nineteenth century (average duration 96 days!).

Over the Mountains of the Sea will be launched by Murray Gray, a direct descendant of William Gray. William Gray’s shipboard diary is held, along with Murray’s transcription of it, in “Special Collections” at the Central City Library. The Auckland City Library’s rich heritage collection, including William Gray’s diary, was used extensively by David Hastings in researching Over the Mountains of the Sea.

William Gray’s original diary will be on display for the launch.

Dates: Tuesday, 26 September
Time: 6pm
Location: Central City Library, Level 2, 44 – 46 Lorne Street CBD
Bookings: Call 377 0209

For more details on events at Auckland City Libraries, please go to www.aucklandcitylibraries.com .


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