Speaker Series - Helen Riddiford

Level 6
Jacket & Tie

Registration & arrival drink $10.00
Optional Supper $40.00 plus drinks

Wellington Club’s Founder George Samuel Evans L.L.D.

George S. Evans, after whom Evans Bay is named, chaired the inaugural meeting of the Wellington Club. Helen will outline his many achievements, and explain why his work was crucial for Wellington’s success. Maori called Evans Nui Nui Rangatira.

“Wellington owes Evans a substantial debt it is clear . . .[Without him] the future of

Wellington might have turned out very differently.”

John O’Leary, New Zealand Books, Autumn 2015.

When Parliament was adjourned for Evans’s funeral in September 1868, Premier Edward Stafford called Evans ‘one of the most active members of the Colony, and that not merely as an act of settlement, but as a series of acts which assured this beautiful country to the British Crown.’

Helen Riddiford was born in Christchurch and educated in Wellington. She attended Wellington Teachers Training College and graduated B.A. in English Literature from Victoria University. She taught at several primary schools before and after raising her four children from her first marriage. After retiring from teaching, she was a member and President of the Laura Fergusson Ladies Auxiliary Fund-Raising Committee for ten years.

The research and writing of her biography of Evans was a project of twelve years. It was published by Victoria University Press in 2014.

She is married to Hugh Riddiford and now lives in Auckland.


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