Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa members are skilled historians who research and present history to professional standards.
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Historians do specialised work, drawing on material from wide ranging sources such as government archives, libraries, newspapers and company records, or from collections of oral histories and image collections. They have expertise in collating and interpreting information, and presenting this in an engaging and informative format tailored for the intended audience. Presentation takes many forms, including: books, exhibitions, oral histories, heritage assessments, content for television programmes, and online histories.
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Currently working as a freelance researcher, as of July 2014, having spent three years working as a writer on Te Ara the encyclopedia of NZ. Also working on a biography of early 20th cent labour activist Pat Hickey.
Learning te reo Maori. Formerly worked for Waitangi Tribunal and for DOC.
Committee member of the Labour History Project, a group dedicated to studying the history of NZ's working people. The LHP is not affiliated to any political party.
Studied history at University of Otago- BA hons, PhD. Thesis was on the history of the 'Moriori Myth' - the idea of a pre-Maori population in NZ.
Previously studied Zoology and Ecology at Canterbury and Auckland Univeristies.
Originally from Nelson, from a family of mechanics in Stoke.
I am a Pakeha of English, Anglo-Irish and Welsh descent.
Sandra Cleary was born into a family of teachers and her grandmother was a well-known New Zealand historian. Sandraâ€™s grandmother made history come alive for her grandchildren.
By nature, Sandra is outgoing, positive, and she is very interested in people and the stories of their colonial past.
Sandra completed her B.A. in History at the University of Otago in 2012 and studied there for a B.A. with Honours in History in 2013.
Sandraâ€™s Dissertation topic was on â€œThe Paupers of the Northern Cemetery from 1873 to 1915,â€ and combined history, and genealogy, which she has studied since 1980.
In November 2012 Sandra discovered that Dunedinâ€™s Northern Cemetery was laid out according to class. The Class 3 plots are the Paupers Plots. Sandra knew she had found her Dissertation topic and she knew this research would continue long after her degree was completed.
This research is new, with the findings on pauperism, in colonial Dunedin, differing from British pauperism during this same period. Sandraâ€™s research is now focused on material to produce two books on the topic. One will contain small biographies of those who lie in these Paupers Plots. The second book will use a selection of people, as examples, set against Dunedinâ€™s colonial years. This will attempt to show the depth and texture of the causes of poverty among these paupers, those who assisted paupers or hindered them and what eventually bought them to a pauperâ€™s grave.
Sandra lives in Dunedin, New Zealand where she is an independent researcher. She has three adult children and three grandsons.
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