Celebrating the Life of Sir Julius von Haast

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.

A weekend online symposium celebrating 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 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. He was also a founding member of the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury – later the Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi – and served as its first President.

This symposium, which will take place online 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 and recorded so people from overseas can participate.

Click here to view the programme for the symposium. Tickets are available below.

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.
30 April – 1 May 2022
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