Margaret Lovell-Smith


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 website, launched in 2016. She has previously written about Canterbury women for the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, edited The Woman Question: Writings by the Women who won the vote (1992), and written a family history Plain living High thinking (1995) which focused on the family’s involvement in the nineteenth-century women’s movement in Christchurch. She has written two biographies of women: The Enigma of Sister Mary Leo, (1998) and Easily the Best: the Life of Helen Connon, (2004). Other publications include Hurunui Heritage: the development of a district 1950 – 2000, and No Turning Back – a History of the Inter-Church Aid Work of the National Council of Churches in New Zealand 1945 – 1983, (1986).


  • Public speaking
  • Research
  • Writing


  • Local
  • Regional
  • Women