News and Events

Victoria Cross Formal Dinner, WO’s and SNCO’s Mess, RNZAF Base Woodbourne

Bee is to be the guest speaker at the annual Victoria Cross Dining In at the WOs and SNCOs’ mess at RNZAF Woodbourne on 6 July.

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Karori Arts and Crafts ‘Antique Group’ .

Bee will be talking about her recently published book ‘The New Zealand Woman – 80 Glorious Years of Fashion, Food and Friendship from the pages of ‘The New Zealand Woman’s Weekly’ at 10.00 am on 7 June.

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Presentation of ‘Wigram’ to Prince Charles.

When Prince Charles visited RNZAF Base Ohakea on 15 November the Chief of Air Force, AVM Peter Stockwell presented him with a copy of the newly published ‘Wigram – Birthplace of Military Aviation in New Zealand’. This was a particularly appropriate birthday gift as, not only is the Prince the Air Commodore in Chief of the RNZAF, but on page 310 there’s a 1983 picture of a much younger prince inspecting a parade accompanied by the then Flight Lieutenant Stockwell!

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Whitcoulls TOP 5 – NZ Non Fiction (September 2012)

I’m only putting this on my website because I’m unlikely to have Mighty Moves and The New Zealand Woman (or indeed any two of my books) topping the Best Seller list at the same time ever again! You may think this is a shameless skite, and perhaps it is. But, I’m determined to enjoy the fleeting moment of fame.

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‘Oh How I Love the Flowers’

Public lecture for the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society by Bee Dawson, Bethney McLennan and Susie Fitzgerald on gardens in Wellington in Katherine Mansfield’s time. 29 August 2012

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Launch of ‘Mighty Moves’

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Mighty Moves: Heavy Haulage and House Moving in New Zealand was launched at the Heavy Haulage Conference held in Tauranga, on August 16.

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Chatham Islands trip – 6-13 August 2012

Chatham Islands' crayfish - feast on returning home!

I’ve just had a fascinating week in the Chatham Islands, interviewing lots of locals about the days when the RNZAF’s Sunderland flying boats provided one of the main links to mainland New Zealand (1940s to 1960s). I heard wonderful stories, but sadly it was too early to see the glorious blue of Chatham Island ‘lilies’ (as the locals call the ‘forget-me-nots) in flower. However, I did return with a HUGE crayfish, lots of blue cod and a small pot of lily seedlings.

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Eastbourne Garden Club

1 August 2012

Bee will be talking about the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace garden where she works as a volunteer gardener. She will also be talking about her book A History of Gardening in New Zealand.

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Waikanae Garden Circle

24 July 2012

Bee will be talking about the heritage garden at the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Tinakori Road as well as about her book A History of Gardening in New Zealand.

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Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand (NZ Branch) Design Seminar, Hamilton Gardens, 26 April 2012

Bee presented a paper on Researching a Garden’s History

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