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A Place to Stay Awhile: Auckland’s Transit Camps 1944-49

A Place to Stay Awhile: Auckland’s Transit Camps 1944-49


  • Sun 27 Sep, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


Whare Wānanga, Central Library, Level 2, 44 Lorne Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages

Join Lisa Truttman for this Heritage Festival talk as she talks about the stories and the lives at Auckland’s five transit housing camps, at Mt Victoria in Devonport, Western Springs, Victoria Park, the Auckland Domain, and Camp Bunn near Panmure.

From out of the housing crisis towards the end of the Second World War, Auckland City’s mayor John Allum came up with the idea of turning former military camps into transit housing, filling the gap between inadequate slum areas and better homes provided by the government schemes, amongst others. The idea took hold nationwide for a time, until the crisis eventually eased. Today, hardly anything remains.

This event will be held in the Whare Wānanga on level 2 of Central City Library and also live-streamed webinar via Zoom.


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