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Come along to our Public History talk on Wed 06 Sep

Join us for our next Public History talk taking place at 12.15pm on Wednesday 06 September at the National Library of New Zealand.

The Broken Decade:  Prosperity, depression and recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39 by Malcolm McKinnon

The crowd of unemployed demonstrators at the gates of Parliament Buildings,

Lambton Quay, Wellington, 10 May 1932. 1/2-084210-G, ATL, Wellington.

Was 1932 a turning point?

Malcolm McKinnon considers the significance of the year 1932 in New Zealand’s history. Keith Sinclair famously described the disturbances of that year and the government’s harsh response as marking New Zealand’s nadir.  But the disturbances also prompted the government to abandon its austerity policy, although this was hard to pick at the time, and a political impasse about the way forward stymied recovery

Malcolm is a Wellington historian. His study The Broken Decade: Prosperity, depression and recovery in New Zealand, 1928-39, was published by Otago University Press in 2016.

These public history talks are a collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. We look forward to seeing you at the Library on Wednesday 6 September at 12.15pm. Please come to Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library Building, cnr Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington.  No need to RSVP but please be early as seating is limited.

Talks are recorded and will be available online at

Updated on 6th September 2017