Oral history

Georgie Craw

Posted on October 26 2023

I am a researcher, writer and oral historian based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. I have a particular interest in gender, race, and environmental histories.   I have a Master of Arts in History with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland. My thesis, ‘A world beyond the waters: Māori travel in the Tasman World, 1793-1839’, was shortlisted for the

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Tony Rasmussen

Posted on July 26 2022

I am a graduate in history from Massey University, Palmerston North. My first graduate role was researching Maori Anglican clergy for the Religion and Church People Working Party of the DNZB. In 1992 I joined the Manawatu Museum Te Whare Pupuri Taonga o Manawatu as Research Assistant, developing content for permanent exhibitions of the institution’s new facility (now Te Manawa).

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Ruth Greenaway

Posted on September 21 2021

I am passionate about recording the stories of people, families, local communities, businesses and not for profit /community organisations. I am experienced in oral history interviewing, research, writing and publishing. I work with graphic designers, editors and publishers. I studied New Zealand, Australian and Pacific history at Victoria University as well as theatre, and women’s studies. I also have a

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Randolph Hollingsworth

Posted on September 21 2021

Independent Scholar, working on a place-based and cross-cultural history of the 1885 tour of New Zealand by Mary Clement Leavitt, world missionary for the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (see work in progress at hollingsworth.wordpress.com). Women’s history offers an interesting lens by which to view mainstream narratives, and critical inquiry provides new insights into our everyday stories of news and community-based

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Phil Lascelles

Posted on September 21 2021

Employed part-time at MTG Hawkes Bay as copyright specialist; also tutoring Museum Studies paper at Massey University. Current Research Projects include “Biography of New Zealand Seafarers 1914-18” and Digital History Research methodology to aid reconnnecting narrative to museum collection objects. Published work Lascelles, P.R. (2024). Necessities for our Existence. Biography of New Zealanders employed in Mercantile Marine during WWI. Napier,

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Paul Diamond

Posted on September 21 2021

Paul Diamond (Ngāti Hauā, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) is Curator, Māori at the Alexander Turnbull Library. He is the author of A Fire in Your Belly: Māori leaders speak (Huia, 2003), Makereti: Taking Māori to the world (Random House, 2007) and Savaged to Suit: Māori and cartooning in New Zealand (Fraser Books, 2018). He has previously worked as an oral historian

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Norman Crawshaw

Posted on September 21 2021

Qualifications: M.A. (Hons), Dip.Ed, Dip.Teaching, Dip. Recreation and Sport. Author of 36 books on the social and industrial history of the Buller and West Coast regions. Teacher for many years, now retired. Involved in many local institutions and Associations.

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Niki Francis

Posted on September 21 2021

Kia ora! I am a Pākehā New Zealander of English, German and Highland Scottish origin who has lived in 10 cities in 6 countries and worked in a wide range of occupations. I have a PhD in history from the Australian National University (2015) where I wrote a thesis in the National Centre of Biography about the Aotearoa New Zealand-born

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Michelle Smith

Posted on September 21 2021

Having completed a BA (History and Education) in 1999 and a BA Honours (History) in 2005, at the University of Auckland, and worked in the disability sector for a number of years, I went back to university on a doctoral scholarship. In 2009, I completed my PhD, ‘Assessing Gender in the Construction of Scottish Identity c.1286-c.1586’, which was conferred in

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Karin Speedy

Posted on September 21 2021

As a historian, researcher, writer, literary scholar, linguist and translator, my work focuses on the tensions at the intersections (both geographical and textual) of contact between Indigenous and settler populations in the colonial and postcolonial Francophone and Anglophone worlds. I am especially interested in creolisation and anti-colonial resistance and my writing reflects critically on trans-imperial networks, horizontal mobilities, slavery and forced

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Karen Stade

Posted on September 21 2021

Following a journalism career in Nelson I elected to focus on what I loved writing about – history. Several books written to mark school anniversaries followed, along with a commission to research and write history stories for The Prow http://www.theprow.org.nz/. Meet You At The Church Steps, an illustrated history of a city landmark, followed. A Nelson Provincial Museum commission led

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Karen Beker

Posted on September 21 2021

  Since returning home (South Canterbury) several years ago after completing an MA in History at Massey University I have worked on numerous community-based projects, putting to use skills as an historian specialising in local history.   Contracts have included working for local Runanga, District Council, Museums and Archives, and projects undertaken for individuals, schools, businesses, community groups, clubs and organisations.

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Julia Bradshaw

Posted on September 21 2021

Currently Senior Curator Human History at Canterbury Museum, Julia Bradshaw has worked in Museums for about 27 years. Julia has a background in South Island history and has a special interest in New Zealand’s gold-rushes, Chinese, women and remote places and she has had five books published on these topics. She is currently researching European use of pounamu, Chinese-European marriages

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Ian Dougherty

Posted on September 21 2021

Hello. I am a Dunedin-based historian but tend to travel to where the work takes me. I have an MA in history from Otago University and a Diploma in Journalism from Canterbury University. I am the author of more than 30 non-fiction books on New Zealand history, biography, culture and society. I am always looking for interesting new projects, large

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Hilary Stace

Posted on September 21 2021

Disability activism, policy and history Royal Commission on Abuse in Care Eugenics Published biography of JB Munro, MP and head of IHC Currently researching biography of Janet Fraser, wife of PM Peter Fraser.

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Helen Leggatt

Posted on September 21 2021

I am in my final year of a PhD in History (UC Doctoral Scholarship) at the University of Canterbury. My research interests include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century deathways with a focus on the British colonies, transnational histories, and social history. My PhD thesis explores the introduction of modern cremation to New Zealand (1874-1946) with a focus on the technology’s reception

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