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From 1906 to 2009, historian Gareth Watkins uncovers notable November dates from Aotearoa’s LGBT+ history. 29 November 1906 Senior public servant and diplomat Alister McIntosh was born in Picton. In 1925 McIntosh entered the public service and went on to serve New Zealand in various roles for the next five...
From 1874 to 1995, historian Gareth Watkins finds important October dates from Aotearoa’s rainbow history. 6 October 1874          Poet Ursula Bethell was born in England.  Her parents had earlier lived in New Zealand and within a few years, the family returned and eventually settled in Rangiora, Canterbury. From her teenage...
Historian Gareth Watkins highlights significant September dates from Aotearoa’s rainbow history. 12 September 1861  Artist and teacher Dolla (Dorothy) Richmond was born in Auckland. During her career, Richmond focused on botanical studies, still life and landscapes. Art historian Janet Paul described her work as having a “unique poetic quality.” Richmond never...
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 revisits significant dates in Aotearoa’s LGBT+ history. 28 March 1925 The New Zealand Truth newspaper reported that nearly 20 per cent of New Zealand’s prison population consisted of sexual offenders. The paper said that the convictions probably only represented a small proportion of the offences that were actually...

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