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The Spike [: or, Victoria University College Review 1957]

Historical Society

Historical Society

In 1956 a revival of activity of this new (constitutionally so, at least) society took place, heralded by an A.G.M. at which the president Alan Ward advocated a policy of discussion of live history of more vital interest instead of the "dull" academic history which had characterised past activity of the Society. A series of good and well-attended evenings was held: Mr. Turnbull spoke on the "Writing of History for Schools" and Mr. Morris on the "Teaching of History in Schools"; the late Dr. Walsh and Mr. Brookes discussed "Hobbes and Natural Law"; Dr. Hans Dietrich spoke on the "Role of Germany in the Modern World"; Dr. Guy Scholefield spoke on his study of the Richmond-Atkinson Papers, an important New Zealand collection of hitherto unpublished material; and Mrs. Ruth Allan discussed the importance of the work and

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organisation of the New Zealand National Historic Places Trust, and treated particularly the problem of the preservation of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.

The first annual luncheon was an innovation. This function was well catered for by Miss Rosie of the cafeteria, and held in the Common Room. Present were most membesr of the History Department, including Dr. Beaglehole who had just arrived back from England on completing his work on Captain Cook's Journals.