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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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Natalie Marshall

Posted on August 31 2023

Natalie is currently working part-time as a Heritage Assessment Advisor at the Central Region office of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, based in Wellington. She is also a freelance researcher, curator, and writer. She was curator of photographs at the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, from 2011 to 2023, and has held previous roles in acquisition, appraisal,

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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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Sheridan Gundry

Posted on September 21 2021

I was born in Auckland but, after 33 years living around the wider Eastland district, call Gisborne my home. I drew on over 12 years in journalism and a degree in English to establish GEMS Communications in early 1997. I was a reporter for The Opotiki News for two years before becoming sub-editor and senior journalist at The Gisborne Herald

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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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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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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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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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Michael Brown

Posted on September 21 2021

Michael Brown has been researching New Zealand music and adjacent topics for twenty years. He currently works as Curator, Music at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. His areas of research have included folksong collecting, tramping songs, community singing, the piano in New Zealand, trade union and socialist singing, and the ‘Maori strum’ guitar style. Recently he has written about

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Margaret Lovell-Smith

Posted on September 21 2021

Margaret’s most recent book ‘I Don’t Believe in Murder’: Standing up for peace in World War I Canterbury was published by Canterbury University Press in 2023. Prior to writing the book she was the lead researcher and writer for the voicesagainstwar.nz website, launched in 2016. She has previously written about Canterbury women for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, edited

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Kathleen Isabel Stringer

Posted on September 21 2021

I have worked for over thirty years in the GLAM sector as both an archivist and museum curator. I have a passion for history and for sharing my knowledge with others. Having completed my MA, where I looked at social aid I am now working on my doctorate, fun times! Presently I am involved with assisting schools in formulating and

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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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