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Gareth Watkins highlights significant August dates from Aotearoa’s rainbow history. 28 August 1954 Teenagers Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme were found guilty of murdering Parker’s mother with a brick in Victoria Park, Christchurch. The trial highlighted the girls’ fantasies and absorption with each other. Defence lawyers contended that the pair had...
From the early stages of homosexual law reform, successful gay panic murder defences to a ground-breaking yachtsman – Gareth Watkins examines the July dates that have shaped our queer community. 16 July 1925 A report titled Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders was tabled in Parliament. According to Mr Hawkins, Inspector of...
Historian Gareth Watkins revisits significant dates in Aotearoa’s queer history. 11 April 1910 Artist Toss Woollaston was born in Stratford.  He would become one of New Zealand’s most widely known contemporary painters. In 1980 Woollaston published Sage Tea, a lyrical account of his early life. Writer Hugh Young says that...
Historian Gareth Watkins selects his most significant moments from Aotearoa’s queer history from February's past. 3 February 1944 Human rights campaigner Sister Paula Brettkelly was born in the United Kingdom. As a child she emigrated with her family to New Zealand, entering the Sisters of St Joseph in 1961. In the...
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Historian Gareth Watkins uncovers significant dates in NZ’s rainbow history. 2 December 1897 Social reformer and activist Rewi Alley was born in Canterbury. Much of his life was spent in China, living there from 1927 until his death in December 1987.  Academic Roderic Alley believes Alley’s most significant legacy to...
Gareth Watkins looks back at the events that shaped our Rainbow Community. November 1957 Activist and politician Georgina Beyer was born in Wellington.  Beyer’s rich life has been the subject of books and films documenting her journey from, as she puts it, “cracking it as a prostitute” to becoming the world’s...
express history page writer Gareth Watkins is well known for his passion for recording not only Wellington’s greatest community members but rainbow people around the country. Lilly Loudmouth is on a mission to find out what makes him tick! What is the most memorable/inspirational interview you've done? I’m inspired by audio...

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