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Wellington 125th Anniversary Weekend 2013

Celebrating Katherine Mansfield

Events for the weekend preceding Katherine Mansfield’s 125th Birthday on Oct 14.


Programme (Word .doc)

Music & Friendship: On Friday October 11 at: 6 p.m. (ONLY) $5.00

At St. John’s in the City (Corner of Willis and Dixon Street)

Music by Dvorak, Popper Goltermann, Trowell & Boellmann

Played by Martin Griffiths (cello) & Eleanor Carter (piano), with recitations by Fiona Oliver

Writers’ Walk: Saturday, October 12: 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10.00 (excluding lunch)

Meet at Katherine Mansfield Sculpture (Midlands Park) at 10. 30. Follow Guided tour of Writers’ Walk along the waterfront. Optional Lunch at Portofino’s Restaurant at 12 noon.

(Please indicate if you wish to book for the lunch)

Days Bay: Saturday, October 12: 2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. $20.00 (excluding dinner)

Meet at Harbour Ferry Terminal (Queen’s Wharf) at 2.30. Catch Ferry to days Bay to view the House at Days Bay where Katherine Mansfield holidayed and wrote. Coffee and tea at Pavilion. Return to city by bus.

(Optional) An A la Carte Dinner at the Cobar, Days Bay. 

Katherine Mansfield’s Thorndon: Sunday, October 13: 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10.30 a.m. Meet at Katherine Mansfield’s Birthplace. Split into two groups for a tour of the Birthplace and for readings from A Birthday and from Chapter II of Prelude.

11.30 a.m. Proceed down Tinakori road to the Zigzag for a reading from The Wind Blows.

11.45 a.m. Retrace steps past Birthplace and turn left into Hobson Street, cross motorway bridge and turn right into Fitzherbert Terrace to K.M. Park, the site of Fitzherbert Terrace School, which Katherine attended. At the end of Fitzherbert Terrace is the U.S. Embassy, built on the site of the last house in New Zealand in which Katherine lived. We proceed along Murphy Street and Mulgrave Street, passing Wellington Girls College and Old St Paul’s, to the Thistle Inn.

12.30 a.m. (Optional) A la Carte Lunch at the Thistle Inn where Katherine often dined.

Cost, including entry to the Birthplace, etc., but excluding lunch = $20.00

Please wear walking clothes and bring a hat, coat or umbrella. 

To book: Contact Kevin Boon (04) 4793264 or at

(Please indicate if you wish to book for the lunches or dinner)