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Appointed in 1865, James Hector was the first scientist employed by the New Zealand government. Within four years he had established the Geological Survey (now GNS Science), the Colonial Museum (now Te Papa), the New Zealand Institute (now Royal Society of New Zealand) and the Colonial Botanic Garden (now Wellington Botanic Garden), as well as becoming a trusted government adviser.
Hector was particularly keen to establish a museum. He had plans drawn up a few days after he was appointed; and the Colonial Museum opened its doors on 8 December 1865.
Simon Nathan, geologist, science historian and author presents this lecture in association with the publication of his book James Hector: explorer + scientist + leader.
Registration required. To register, use the ‘Book now’ button or phone the office on (04) 381 7051.
Feature image: Detail from Colonial Museum, Wellington 1865 by George O’Brien. Watercolour. Te Papa (1992-0035-2275)
Members $10, non-members $15 (includes free parking)