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Come along to our Public History talk on Wed 03 July

News: 24 June 2019

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the National Library invite you to join us on Wednesday 3 July to hear Chris Maclean and Shaun Barnett discuss their book Leading the Way, 100 years of the Tararua Tramping Club.

The Tararua Tramping Club (TTC) was founded in 1919. Back then most people viewed tramping as an odd form of recreation but today tramping has become one of New Zealand’s most popular leisure pursuits. The club also fostered climbing, embraced skiing and encouraged women to participate in all these activities. And its leaders encouraged the formation of other clubs throughout the country.

Cover image for the 'Leading the Way: 100 Years of the Tararua Tramping Club' book. 

For many, the TTC became ‘family’, it was a place that generously welcomed everyone. By drawing people together in the social atmosphere of the clubrooms and in the mountains of New Zealand and overseas, the TTC fostered many life-long bonds, friendships and marriages.

Within the context of 100 years of organised tramping in New Zealand, Chris and Shaun will discuss how the club formed, why it was a success and how it set a model for other clubs to follow.

About the speakers

Shaun Barnett is a freelance writer and photographer. His Classic Tramping in New Zealand, co-authored with Rob Brown (1999) won a Montana Book Award. Between 2008 and 2018, Shaun also edited the Federated Mountain Club’s magazine, Backcountry.

Chris Maclean is the author of Tararua: the Story of a Mountain Range (1994). The success of this book encouraged him to become a full time writer and his book Kapiti (1999), won a Montana Book Award.

Please note the room change for this talk.

When and where: Wednesday 3 July 2019 at lunchtime 12.10pm to 1.00pm. Please come to Tiakiwai seminar room (lower ground floor), National Library Building, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington. 

These free public history talks are a collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Note: most talks are recorded and will be available online at

There is no need to RSVP but please arrive early to ensure a prompt start. We look forward to seeing you at the Library.

Updated on 3rd July 2019