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.


Go to the “What’s On” tab to see details of what is coming up in our monthly programme of public talks, held in Taiwhanga Kauhau — the National Library Wellington Auditorium, (lower ground) -entrance from Aitken Street, Thorndon.

coming up…

Thursday 21 March: The Battle for Rangiriri, 20 November 1863 & the Aftermath

In retirement Barbara Francis embarked on a new career as a researcher and has now had her third book published. Titus Angus White & the Māori Captives on Waitematā  Harbour 1863/4 emerged from family history research in 2020, involving her great-great grandfather, Titus Angus White. Needing further information about his life, Barbara visited Rangiriri in north Waikato where she had a most fortuitous meeting with senior iwi member, Brad Totorewa. It was Brad who challenged Barbara to write about what she found for Pākehā to know. Her book was launched in Wellington 160 years after the battle in November 1863.

In this presentation, Barbara will discuss the aftermath of the battle for Rangiriri: repercussions that continued well into 1864 and still rankle with descendants today.  Barbara’s presentation is an in-depth explanation of the battle and the following nine days.

Her previous books, produced in 2010 and 2017, were both about Agnes Moncrieff, a Wellington YWCA Secretary who worked with the YWCA of China in 1930-1945.

This event will also be available via ZOOM – link available soon.

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