1869 Conference Saturday Morning Sessions

Sat 28 September

1869 Conference Day Pass, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, St David Lecture Theatre Complex, $45 (includes morning tea)

Register Here: www.otago.ac.nz/1869/registration

9.00 – 11.00am        Concurrent Sessions:


  • Jonathan West, ‘You see the blank on the map? I wish you to fill it up: James McKerrow’s exploration of the southern lakes in the 1860s'.
  • James Beattie and Warwick Brunton, ‘The Place and Power of Natural History in Colonization: William Lauder Lindsay and the scientific development of Otago’s human and natural resources, 1860-80'.
  • Matthew Schmidt, 'Dunedin – a City Built on Reclamation'.
  • Jane McCabe, 'A Pivotal Year: Land Alienation and Entitlement in Taieri and Hokianga'.                

Intellectual Networks:

  • Peter Clayworth, Sketchy Histories: What were the 1860s Pakeha views of Maori migration to New Zealand.
  • John O’Leary, Hand-axes, saurian and kobongs: Governor Grey’s London year.
  • Kate Hannah, Correspondence, Colenso, and cultural shifts: Visualising New Zealand in 1869.
  • Helene Connor, Reflections on the letters of Geraldine Ensor Jewsbury (1812–80) to Walter Durrant Mantell (1820–95) with a focus on 1869.

Dunedin People, Places and Institutions:

  • Lyall Hanton, Joseph Mellor: the man who described the Periodic Table in 16 million words Tom Barker and John Isdale, Thames School of Mines.
  • Susan Irvine and Sarah Gallagher, Blowing Up Boundaries.
  • Rosi Crane Beyond Albums and Paintbrushes: Women and the Otago Museum, 1869-1936.

Reformers and Campaigners:

  • Anna Clark, 'Josephine Butler’s Women’s Work and Women’s Culture (1869): The paradoxes of individualism in Britain and New Zealand'.
  • Chieko Ichikawa, 'Women’s Writing on Sex: Rhetoric and Gender in the Social Purity Movement'.
  • Jane Tolerton, 'Otago’s Three Women’s Suffrage Movements: 1869-1893'.
  • Joanne Wilkes, 'Middlemarch and Reform: Looking Back from 1869'.  

11:00am - 11: 30am               Morning Tea

Tea, coffee, water, crumpets with cream and baked custard pots with raspberry jelly.

11.30am - 12.30pm       Keynote Address: Tilly Boleyn, 'Breaking the Rules, Transforming the Future'

St David Theatre Lecture

Scientific and cultural institutions worldwide have traditionally focused on knowledge creation and production. But what then? How do you engage the 'general public' with all your excellent knowledge? And how do you share that knowledge to create a scientifically literate society ready to tackle the world's biggest challenges?

This paper explores the evolution of approaches to engaging people with science and culture. Case studies, including cabinets of curiosities, World Fairs, science centres, museums, and the Science Gallery approach, illustrate some of the complexities at play when we invite people into our hallowed halls to see ‘the thing’. Have we, as a sector, become better at engagement over the last 150 years? What do we all mean by engagement anyway?

Fear not, Science Gallery Melbourne (SGM) is opening in 2020 with the aim of blurring the boundaries between science, art, design, technology, maths, and engineering. We’ve flipped engagement on its head, and instead embed our target audience, young people aged 15-25, into every aspect of our approach: idea generation, exhibition planning, work selection, promotion, and in-gallery engagement. This presentation takes audience members through what happens when you connect and involve young people in the creation of a new gallery…the agony and ecstasy of curating with young people, for young people.

This paper challenges the traditional narrative about who’s opinion matters, how to engage young people in important issues and what makes a transformational experience. Prepare for feathers to be ruffled.