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Queer History 101

This series of podcasts provide an entry point into New Zealand's queer history. It is generously funded by the Gay Line Wellington Trust with the support of the Rule Foundation.

The series is presented from the personal perspective of Dr Alison Laurie. For many years Alison was the Programme Director of Gender and Women’s Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where she taught courses on queer studies, among other topics.

Criminal cases
Alison highlights some queer-related criminal cases in New Zealand...

Early groups
Alison talks about early lesbian and gay groups in New Zealand...

Frances Hodgkins
Alison talks about the New Zealand painter Frances Hodgkins...

Gay Liberation
Alison talks about the Gay Liberation movement in New Zealand...

Hagley Park killing
Alison talks about the killing of Charles Aberhart in 1964. Aberhart had been cruising in Hagley Park when he was beaten to death...

Human rights and civil unions
Alison talks about human rights and civil unions in New Zealand...

Katherine Mansfield
Alison talks about writer Katherine Mansfield and her female lovers...

Labels
Alison talks about the various words and labels that have been used to describe queer communities in New Zealand...

Law reform
Alison talks about homosexual law reform in New Zealand...

Legal background
Alison talks about the legal background for queer communities in New Zealand...

Lesbian organising
Alison talks about early lesbian organising in New Zealand...

Meeting places
Alison talks about the different types of places queer communities met...

Parker and Hulme murder case
Alison talks about the Parker and Hulme murder case from 1954, where the two teenage friends murdered Parker's mother. Christchurch City Libraries have digitised...

Ursula Bethell
Alison talks about the New Zealand poet Ursula Bethell...