Holman, Dinah

Professional Career: During her career as a heritage planning consultant, Dinah Holman prepared inventories of historic places for local bodies throughout New Zealand.

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Books: Dinah is the author of Newmarket Lost and Found (Bush Press 2001, 2nd ed. 2010), which was Highly Commended in the 2004 J.M. Sherrin Awards, recognising excellence in NZ regional and local history. Other books include Fairburn and Friends (Cape Catley 2004), which is an entertaining account of 29 of the friends of her father, the poet A.R.D. Fairburn. Dinah also compiled and edited Bloody Marvellous (Cape Catley 2006), a memoir of the colourful George Haydn, a Hungarian refugee who became the co-founder of the N.Z. construction firm Haydn & Rollett.

Dinah’s historical thriller, A History of Crime, the Southern Double-Cross, (2014) interweaves real and fictional crimes in the late 19th century.

Organisations: Dinah has been Chair of the NZ Historic Places Trust (1986-90). She has also been Chair of the N.Z. Committee of the Paris-based UNESCO-linked International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)(1992-93) and a member of the Auckland Institute and Museum Council (1991-94). She was a founding trustee of the Michael King Writers Centre (2004-08), and has been a member of the Auckland Library Heritage Trust since 1997. She is Literary Executor for the A.R.D. Fairburn Estate. Dinah is also an environmentalist and was co-founder of the Chelsea Regional Park Association in 1997, which successfully campaigned for the public acquisition of the historic Chelsea Sugar Company estate in Birkenhead, Auckland, now the beautiful Chelsea Estate Heritage Park.

Awards: In 1988, Dinah was awarded the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for public service to heritage and in 1992 the N.Z. Planning Institute Distinguished Service Award.

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