Historian and archaeologist Dave Veart

Meet Devonport Peninsula's military men

AccessibleNorth Auckland

Tuesday 9 October, 7.30pm-8.30pm


The Rose Centre

4 School Rd, Belmont

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There are 126 seats available, arrive early.




Event details

Historian and personality Dave Veart gives a lively talk on the life and times of four military men of Devonport:

  • Sir William Drummond Jervois, governor, authority on coast defences, adviser to government and the reason we have large pieces of artillery in our public parks
  • Lt-Col E. M. Tudor-Boddam, who designed North Head and Fort Takapuna, and was voted 'Liar of the Century' in 1899 by a Tasmanian newspaper
  • Walter Frankham, hard-nosed Brethren street preacher and site foreman for the Auckland forts in the late 1800s
  • Major Henry Peacock, commander of the Māori training camp at Narrow Neck. Well loved by his men, he defended them from the many racist accusations made at the time.

Delivered in Dave's exuberant style, this encounter sheds light on the men's legacy in Devonport and beyond.

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