The Friends of the Turnbull Library (FoTL) is a national organisation, supporting the work and activities of the Alexander Turnbull Library since 1939.

Titiro ki muri kia whakatika ā mua. Preserving the past to enlighten the future.


The Alexander Turnbull Library is a guardian of our heritage, a great research institution serving the general public and scholars in the fields of historical research, literary, cultural and genealogical studies. The Friends of the Turnbull Library promotes public interest in the Library’s collections and supports research and use of its collections.

Coming up…

Wednesday 25 October 5.30pm – 6.30pm

National Library Auditorium, Aitken Street, Thorndon

Taking flight: The role and impact of women in Forest and Bird’s early history

Tess Tuxford has a great story to tell, about Forest & Bird, the first of New Zealand’s modern-day conservation groups. She says that women were involved from its creation, becoming vice-presidents, honorary secretaries, and executive board members. Despite women being involved in all aspects of the first 50 years of the Society’s work, however, there has been limited scholarship looking into their lives and their contributions to conservation. Her talk will discuss the impact of six early women members; Amy Hodgson, Pérrine Moncrieff, Elizabeth Gilmer, Violet Rucroft (Briffault), Lily Daff, and Audrey Eagle, and she will describe the way that archival research has helped expose the significance of women in New Zealand’s conservation heritage.

Tess Tuxford is a Research Performance Advisor at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. She holds a Master of Science in Society and Bachelor of Arts in History.

Her research interests lie in the history of science, particularly around the role and relevance of women. She was awarded Forest & Bird’s inaugural Force of Nature scholarship in 2020.

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