Lloyd Carpenter

Primary fields

Region Canterbury
About Me

I am Ngati Toa Rangatira, B.Sc., Dip.Tchg., Dip.Bib.Min, B.A.(hons), PhD. I began my teaching career as a Maths and Economics teacher at Christ’s College before going into a career in sales management, leaving that to become a Salvation Army officer 1998-2002.

>I then spent seven years teaching at Aranui High School, then studied at the University of Canterbury for five years, applying interests in Archaeology, History and Cultural Studies to a PhD focused on the Central Otago gold-rush.

From January, 2014, I was employed to teach Maori Studies at Lincoln University. I continue to research and write about goldfields history, New Zealand Land Wars history and cultural histories of colonial New Zealand.

In July - December 2016, I will be a Visiting Scholar, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. I will also be a Visiting College Research Associate at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

I am not available for private commissions, sorry.

Specialities New Zealand Gold Rush History Mining technology, especially water races Wine & Culinary History Maori & Colonial History
Publications and Research


Rich in Myth, Gold and Narrative: Aspects of the Central Otago Gold Rush, 1862-2012 - available for free download from:


Carpenter, Lloyd and Fraser, Lyndon (2016) (Eds.) Rushing for Gold – Life and Commerce on the New Zealand and Australian Goldfields, Otago University Press, March 2016.

Chapters contributed:

Chapter 1 Introduction: an Australasian Goldfield (co-written with Lyndon Fraser)

  • Chapter 6 ‘Finding Te Wherro: Māori and Gold Mining’.

  • Chapter 15 ‘Merchants of the Rush: the Proto-bankers of the Goldfields’.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Carpenter, Lloyd (2014) ‘A conspiracy to silence: reports of Otago gold before 1861’, Journal of Australasian Mining History, Vol. 12, pp. 23-44.

Carpenter, Lloyd (2013) ‘Finding te wherro in Otakou: Māori and the Otago gold rush’, MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, Vol. 2, Issue 2, pp. 105-120.

Carpenter, Lloyd (2013) ‘A petty and spiteful spirit on the part of the Company’ - the 1881 Cromwell Company strike at Bendigo, Otago’, Labour History, No. 105, pp. 187-210.

Carpenter, Lloyd (2013) ‘“Specimens liberally studded with gold”: the quartz mining history of a remote Otago valley’, Journal of Australasian Mining History, Vol. 11, pp. 1-23.

Carpenter, Lloyd (2013) ‘The Clutha’s first dam’, Journal of The Newcomen Society: The International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology, Vol. 83, No. 2, pp. 253 – 273.

Carpenter, Lloyd (2013) ‘Lighting a gen'rous, manly flame: the nostalgia for “dear old Bendigo”’, Journal of Australian Studies, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 76-95.

Carpenter, Lloyd (2012) ‘A 35 – Year Endeavour: Bendigo’s Rise and Shine Sluicing Syndicate’ in the Australasian Historical Archaeology journal, Vol. 30, pp. 5-13.

Carpenter, Lloyd (2012) ‘Defining a date and place in the Otago gold rush: the problematic journal of George Magnus Hassing and Bendigo’, Journal of Australasian Mining History, Vol. 10, pp. 26-41.

Carpenter, Lloyd (2011) ‘Reviled in the record: Thomas Logan, and the origins of the Cromwell Mining Company, Bendigo, Otago’, Journal of Australasian Mining History, Vol. 9, pp. 36-53.

Journal Articles

Carpenter, Lloyd (2011) ‘The Archaeology of the Come in Time Battery, Bendigo, Otago’, Archaeology in New Zealand, Vol. 54, No. 1, pp. 42-52.

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters

Carpenter, Lloyd (2016) ‘The Use of Gold Rush Nostalgia on Wine Labels: A Brief History of New Zealand’s Central Otago Wine Region’, in (Ed.) Dr Gjoko Muratovski, Consumer Culture: Selected Essays, Intellect, London.

Carpenter, Lloyd (2016) ‘Māori chivalry during a British defeat: 150 years of remembering Gate Pā’, in (Eds.) Keir Reeves, Geoff Bird, Birger Stichelbaut, Jean Bourgeois, Battlefield Events: Landscape, Commemoration and Heritage, Routledge Advances in Events Research Book Series, pp 28 - 47.

Peer-reviewed Conference Papers (Proceedings)

Carpenter, Lloyd (2011) ‘Beyond spectacular beauty: the heritage experience at the Central Otago mining town of Bendigo’, in Robinson, Michael (Ed.), Proceedings of On the Surface: The Heritage of Mines and Mining Innsbruck, Austria, April 14-16, 2011, Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds Metropolitan University with the University of Innsbruck.
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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PHANZA Joining Date 14-Feb-12