Our members

Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa members are skilled historians who research and present history to professional standards.

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What do our members do?

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.

Our members work with a wide range of organisations and other professionals, such as government agencies, archivists, archaeologists, anthropologists, architects, planners, lawyers and companies.

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  • Manawatu
    Cultural and Social History, Media History
    As a freelance Historian, Archivist and Editor, I have extensive experience and expertise in my chosen fields. With over 120 publications, including book length studies, commissioned reports, peer-reviewed journal articles and reference work entries, my understanding of the Historian’s craft feeds into and enhances my work as both Archivist and Editor. I spare no effort in meeting the needs of my clients in a timely and professional manner. A full publications list available on request. Read full profile
  • Horowhenua
    museums, women's and domestic history
  • Auckland
    Mental heath history, gender, social history of clothing, museums.
    My qualifications are:

    BA English and History (Waikato)BA Hons History (Waikato)

    Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies (Victoria University of Wellington)

    I am working at Auckland War Memorial Museum as Project Curator History, focusing on the upcoming gallery renewal there. I have previously worked at Canterbury Museum as Curator of Human History. I used to work as a researcher at Te Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand www.teara.govt.nz

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  • Manawatu
    Imperial Roman, WWI, WWII, the New Zealand Wars, Classical Greece
  • Wellington
    Educational particularly 19th century NZ educational history, district high schools in 19th century, demography of 19th century education.Also interested in nineteenth century building and land ownership in Wellington.

    I have had a career in knowledge and information management, training as an information professional after working in scientific and technical publishing. I have qualifications and research experience in the sciences, education and social sciences and have published numerous research papers and delivered a number of conference presentations. I have recently published a book on the demography of nineteenth century NZ education and a book about the Cambridge Distirct High School 1880-1888.

    I am currently working on a book about the design of air raid shelters in Wellington.

    I am also working on a book about the buildings and land in Sydney Street West in Wellington, particularly Town Acres 502, 503, 504 and 505.

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  • Wellington
    nature, conservation
  • Canterbury
  • Wellington
    Nineteenth Century History. Native Land Court & Crown Land Purchasing. Labour History. Political History
  • Wellington
    Architecture (in particular domestic); urban/suburban studies; cultural heritage documentation, listing, and designation.

    I relocated to Wellington early in 2016 after having lived in Washington, DC, USA, for 16 years.  While in Washington, I worked 4 years on contract and 11 years as a staff historian for the Historic American Buildings Survey - a national collection of architectural heritage held at the Library of Congress, and the National Historic Landmarks (NHL) Program - the highest level of cultural resource designation in the USA.  Both programmes are divisions of the US National Park Service.

    While in the US, I was an active member of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (metro Washington, DC).  Work for these organizations ranged from committees to officer positions and included the planning and running of major meetings and events.  I am a current member of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand.

    I hold a doctorate in American Studies from George Washington University, having concentrated on architecture, urbanism, and heritage conservation/preservation, a master's degree in architectural history from the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, and a dual bachelor’s degree in history and the history of art & architecture from the University of Pittsburgh.

    My academic work, projects for the National Park Service, and independent publications have included research and writing endeavours covering a full range of historical topics and epochs, and my approach to history aims to link the built environment -- architecture and landscape -- with the social and cultural history most affecting its creation and change over time.

    I look forward to engaging with the history and built environment of New Zealand and to maintain an active professional life.

     

     

     

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  • Wellington
    labour
  • Wellington
    Māori history, Biography, Nineteenth century New Zealand history, Treaty of Waitangi
  • Wellington
    Heritage, institutional history

    I am an historian who has worked mainly in historic heritage since I graduated from university in 1983. I worked for the Historic Places Trust and Department of Conservation in the 1980s and early 1990s, between which I completed a Diploma of Journalism. I have had my own consultancy since 1997, working for clients such as HPT and DOC, the Wellington and Hutt City Councils, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand Defence Force and many others.

    I have written histories, heritage studies, conservation plans, heritage trails, heritage inventories, and many other documents. I have written a biography, of World War II PoW and lawyerJohn Wilson, and two books on the Royal Wellington Golf Club.

    I prefer to work in collaboration with other heritage specialists, as I see that as the way to get the best outcome for clients and for heritage. I was the editor of Phanzine from 2000 to 2007. I also teach heritage conservation at the School of Museum and Heritage Studies at Victoria University.

    I am married and live in Mt Cook with my wife Helen McCracken and my children Caitlin and Conal. In my (regrettably small) leisure time I like to play golf, taste beer and wine, watch sport, listen to music and ignore the garden.

     

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  • Wellington
    Environmental history
  • Wellington
    material culture, museum, clothing, fashion, welfare, history of design
    I am a long-standing PHANZA member (since 1994!) and am on the Executive Committee. My interest in public history stems from when I was a history curator at Te Papa from 1996-2000. When I subsequently worked at the University of Waikato I had extensive involvement with the Waikato Museum, especially its social history programming and as a member of the Friends Committee. Currently I am the Co-ordinator of Research in The School of Design, College of Creative Arts Massey University, Wellington. I have strong links to Te Papa, where I am an honorary research associate and the Auckland Museum as part of a research advisory panel. I am a keen movie buff and love good wine, historical photography, all kinds of clothing and mid-twentieth century design. Read full profile
  • Nelson
    Maori, Pacific Is, health, religion, local/institutional
  • Auckland
    New Zealanders at War, Mercantile Marine in WWI, National Honours and Medallic Recognition, Business and Information Technology.
    After completing a BA in Computer Science at Massey University in 1974, I have built a career in the IT industry spanning more than 40 years and am currently a Senior Director at Oracle Corporation in New Zealand. A personal commitment to lifelong learning and development has included G Dip Bus Studies (Management), G Dip Arts (History) and MA (Hons) (History). I have had a long term interest in Orders, Decorations and Medals to New Zealanders and was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit in 2001 by the UK-based Orders and Medals Research Society. "Career 2" plans are focussed on history research in my areas of specialty and I am currently engaged by Auckland War Memorial Museum in historical research of historical narratives and medal identification of the Museum's medal collection for display in Pou Maumahara gallery opening in November 2016. Read full profile
  • Auckland
    NZ fashion and textile history; cultural history of NZ wool

    * Freelance fashion and textile historian, writer and curator * 25 years professional curatorial experience working in three leading museums (Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 1984-1988; Auckland Museum 1988-2001; Te Papa 2001-2009) * Currently pursuing postgraduate study (History Dept, Auckland University)

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  • Wellington
    New Zealand social history, migration, 19th and early 20th century Scottish history, quantitative methods, demographic patterns

    I am currently a post-doctoral fellow in the History Department at Victoria University working on Charlotte Macdonald's Marsden Funded 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Settler' project. I am still available for guest lectures, public presentations, book reviews, article peer-review, etc.

    For more information see: www.rebeccalenihan.com

    Education

    Victoria University of Wellington, 2002-2010

    PhD (History/New Zealand Studies), 2006-2010: ‘From Alba to Aotearoa: Profiling New Zealand’s Scots Migrants, 1840-1920’

    Bachelor of Arts, History Honours, 2005 (First Class Honours)

    Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in History and English Literature, 2002-2004

    Work History

    March 2015 - Present

    Post-Doctoral Fellow, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington

    March 2015

    Research Assistant to Professor Melanie Nolan, Australian National Centre for Biography, Canberra

    October 2014 - May 2015

    Contracted to write entries for Oxford References Online Quick References, Oxford University Press

    April 2014-October 2014

    Web Advisor, Ministery of Business Innovation and Employment

    March 2014 - February 2015

    Research Assistant to Dr Steve Behrendt, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington

    February 2014 - December 2014

    Research Assistant to Professor Charlotte Macdonald, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington

    March 2014 - August 2014

    Research Assistant to Dr Sydney Shep, Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington

    September 2011 – August 2013: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Historical Data Unit, History Programme, University of Guelph

    January 2012 – August 2013: Sessional Teaching Instructor, History Programme, University of Guelph

    August 2011 – October 2011: Research Assistant to Professor Kris Inwood, Economics Programme, University of Guelph

    March 2010 – August 2011: Research Assistant to Dr Steve Behrendt, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington

    February 2007 – June 2007: Teaching Fellow, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington

    March 2015 - Present
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington

    March 2015
    Research Assistant to Professor Melanie Nolan, Australian National Centre for Biography, Canberra

    October 2014 - Present
    Contracted to write entries for Oxford References Online Quick References, Oxford University Press

    April 2014 - October 2014
    Web Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
    Loading web content for several Ministry websites across four CMS, creating surveys in SurveyMonkey, creating and sending emails utilising MailChimp and Campaign Monitor, tracking website usage via Google Analytics, and providing advice to business units within the Ministry regarding their online channels.


    March 2014 - February 2015
    Research Assistant to Steve Behrendt, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington

    February 2014 - December 2014
    Research Assistant to Professor Charlotte Macdonald, History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington

    March 2014 - August 2014
    Research Assistant to Dr Sydney Shep, Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington
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  • Canterbury
    regional (Otago, Canterbury), women's, social, Scottish, African, Pacific & art history.
  • Wellington
    Heritage, image research, cartography
  • Canterbury
    Christchurch, women's
  • Auckland
    social, local, women's
  • Auckland
    New Zealand history, public history, museums, heritage, material culture, Auckland

    I have worked as a public historian for over fifteen years, conducting historic research for Heritage New Zealand/Pouhere Taonga, Auckland Regional Council, Auckland War Memorial Museum and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage amongst other organisations.  Alongside my work as a public historian, I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Auckland which focuses on historic landscapes in Auckland. I joined PHANZA in 2010 and have been a committee member since August 2015.

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  • Wellington
  • Canterbury
  • Wellington
    Political history, history of the state, social history, labour history, rural history, history of science
  • Wellington
    transport, defence
  • Wellington
    administration
  • Auckland
    tourism, RNZAF, Auckland, social security, cultural and religious history, oral history

    As a public historian I have been involved in a wide range of projects

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  • Northland
    Sport, prisoners of war, family history, New Zealand poets, writers and leaders