Atholl Anderson

An eminent archaeologist and historian of Ngai Tahu descent, Atholl Anderson was one of three authors behind the multi award-winning Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History. 

His passion for archaeology was sparked as a boy reading about dinosaur hunts in the Gobi Desert. Atholl went on to study human colonisation of islands across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, from The Galapagos Islands to Madagascar.

He has won numerous accolades, and now lives with his wife Rosanne near Blenheim.

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Festival session

Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History

4-5pm, Sunday 8 July, Boathouse Theatre, $20 - Atholl Anderson in conversation with Ron Crosby 

Described by the New Zealand Listener as "a majestic charting of Māori history from beginnings to present day", Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History begins with a migration from South China around 5,000 years ago and weaves it's way to the 21st century.

Atholl, one of the three authors behind this highly lauded book, will be interviewed by Marlborough based historian, Ron Crosby, who was a guest at our first festival. The session will delve into what's known and what's yet to learn about our country's fascinating past.