Celebration of the Life of Julius von Haast

A weekend conference in Christchurch will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Canterbury Museum's founder, Sir Julius von Haast.

ABC2 Haast

Sir Julius von Haast. Canterbury Museum ABC2

Born Julius Haast in Bonn, Germany on 1 May 1822, Haast had a distinguished career in New Zealand as a geologist, explorer, moa expert, botanist, writer and university professor. In 1863 he married Mary Dobson, sister of surveyor Arthur Dobson after whom Arthur's Pass is named.

Haast founded Canterbury Museum in 1867 and was its Director from 1868 until his death in 1887.

This conference, which will take place on the weekend of 30 April–1 May 2022, will include talks on different aspects of Haast's life and career as well as his longer-term impact on the museum and elsewhere. The conference will be live-streamed so people from overseas can participate.

This is a preliminary notice to advise those who may be interested in attending and participating in the gathering. We would like to hear from you so that we can start preparing a preliminary programme and keep you in the loop as plans advance.

We are keen to hear from Haast’s descendants and members of the extended Haast and Dobson families.

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30 April – 1 May 2022
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