William Colenso Bicentenary Celebration Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Dr Jim Endersby

Jim Endersby has a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University, where he was a post-doctoral research fellow at Darwin College. He is an award-winning author, editor and has been a historical consultant for BBC television. He is a senior lecturer in the History Department at the University of Sussex, UK.

"William Colenso and Joseph Hooker, Director of Britain's national botanic gardens at Kew. Colenso took a fierce pride in the plants of his adopted country and was eager to prove that New Zealand's flora was as rich and diverse as that of any comparable country. This 'botanical nationalism' led him to name many new species, many of which were immediately abolished by Joseph Hooker once Colenso’s specimens arrived in England. Understanding the arguments between these two friends reveals a lot about the two men involved, but more importantly they allow us to understand how modern science shaped - and was shaped by - Britain's global empire."

Dr Jim Endersby's keynote was sponsored by Hawke's Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand and The Webb Foundation

Peter Wells

Peter Wells, MNZM is a writer and film-maker, and co founder of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. He has won the NZ Book Award for Fiction for his first book of short stories, Dangerous Desires which was published by Viking Penguin in New York and Secker and Warburg in London. His memoir Long Loop Home won the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Award for Biography. In 2009 Peter Wells won the Copyright Licensing Award to write a book on William Colenso. In 2011 Peter Wells was awarded the Creative New Zealand Michael King Fellowship.

To coincide with the bicentenary Peter launched his book The Hungry Heart - A Journey with William Colenso, a fresh contemporary look at William Colenso published by Random House.

"A printer of some of the most significant documents in New Zealand history, missionary, explorer and botanist, a free-wheeling politician and controversialist - William Colenso was a maverick."

Conference Speakers

John Adam
Garden and landscape historian, joint award winner of the New Zealand Fulbright Fellowship in 2002 and Director of the company Endangered Gardens

Dr Dianne Bardsley
Director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, lecturer in New Zealand English in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies and author.

Dr James Braund
Research Assistant and Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Auckland's School of European Languages and Literatures

Professor Sarah Carter
Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics, and the Faculty of Native Studies of the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr Carter's research focuses on the history of Western Canada and on the critical era of the late nineteenth century when Aboriginal people and newcomers began sustained contact.

Ann Collins
Direct descendent of William's brother Edwin Colenso and coordinator of the Colenso One Name Study

Professor Kay Morris Matthews
Research Professor in Education and Social Sciences at EIT- Hawke's Bay

Keith Newman
Award-winning journalist, producer and author

Tanya Zoe Robinson
Higher Degree by Research student at Deakin University, Melbourne

Ian St George
Editor of the New Zealand Native Orchid Journal, convenor of the Colenso Society and editor of its monthly newsletter eColenso

Dr Sydney Shep
Senior Lecturer in Print and Book Culture at Victoria University of Wellington and The Printer at VUW's Wai-te-ata Press : Te Whare Ta o Wai-te-ata. In 2009, Dr Shep was awarded a three-year Marsden Fund grant to study Robert Coupland Harding and the nineteenth-century typographical press.

Stuart Webster
Partner of Sainsbury, Logan & Williams, Hawke's Bay

Professor Lydia Wevers
Director of the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington and author

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