Northern Territory History Grants Talk:
Researching the story: ‘Remember me kindly, a history of the Holtze family in the Northern Territory’
by Deborah Bisa
The recently published book ‘Remember me kindly, a history of the Holtze family in the Northern Territory’ tells the story of this family who came to Australia in 1873 seeking refuge. At a time when another pioneering attempt at permanent settlement in the Territory was being made, sustaining inhabitants in the new settlement and the creation of economic development opportunities were paramount, and in this regard Maurice and Nicholas Holtze played significant roles. Their work and experiments with hundreds of crops were conducted in successive government botanic gardens. ’Remember me kindly’ inevitably presents a snapshot of the history of the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens which was established at its current site in 1886. The Gardens as they exist today are testimony to the dedication and commitment of its first curators, Maurice and then Nicholas Holtze. The family’s story intersects with that of colonisation and the Stolen Generation, and this part of the story is one that is rarely told.
In 2012 and 2014 Deb was awarded Northern Territory History Grants, and in this talk she will share the story of her search to uncover this extraordinary family history.
Deb’s background is varied, holding certificates in Graphic Design, and Parks and Wildlife Management, as well as a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Industries (Communication). Since 2012 Deb has worked as the Collection and Facility Manager for the Northern Territory Herbarium, Palmerston.
What is the timing for the event?
Arrive at 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start. We anticipate the talk finishing approximately 6:30 with time for questions afterwards.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Car parking is available on Kelsey Crescent, or Skelton Street, building entrance is on Kelsey Crescent.