SYMPOSIUM – Celebration of the life of Julius von Haast

Canterbury museum, 11 Rolleston Avenue Christchurch
Partner organisation event

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.

The conference 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.

Broad themes of the symposium include:

  • Biography – Haast's life, achievements, family and contemporaries, etc.
  • Museology – Haast and the founding and development of Canterbury Museum
  • Natural History – Haast and natural history research and collections, exchanges, nomenclature, etc.
  • Exploration – Haast’s explorations and travels, e.g. surveys and fieldwork
  • Academia – Haast and the establishment of learned societies and institutions, e.g. the founding of the Canterbury Philosophical Society and Canterbury College/University, etc.
  • Correspondence – manuscripts and archives, exploring the history of science and Haast’s scientific networking based on research utilising the UNESCO Memory of the World inscribed Sir Julius von Haast Collection held in the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington.


The deadline for submission of abstracts for presentations is 27 February 2022.

The decision about whether a presentation will be included in the conference will be advised by 10 March 2022.

More information is available on the Canterbury Museum website.