Story: Atheism and secularism

Rationalist House, Auckland

Rationalist House, Auckland

In the late 1950s the Rationalist Association began looking for a property to buy as a base. Following years of careful saving and some generous bequests, in 1960 the association had around £6,000 (almost $240,000 in 2009 terms). They called for more donations, raised a mortgage and bought 64 Symonds Street, Auckland, for around twice this price, renaming it Rationalist House. The purchase was a milestone in the association's history.

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Carl Walrond, 'Atheism and secularism - Organised secular groups', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2018)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, updated 10 Feb 2017