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.
|Specialities||Heritage, institutional history|
|Publications and Research||
Although I have prepared many hundreds of reports, relatively few are 'published' in the literal sense of the word. Some of those that have been are as follows:
The New Zealand Government Buildings: Past and Present, Department of Conservation, 1996
Inconstant Conservation Plan, Wellington City Council, 1997
Old Coach Road Conservation Plan, Wellington City Council, 1999
"The History of Old Coach Road" in Onslow Historian, Vol. 27, No.2, 1999
"Building a Case: Assessing Significance" in Trapeznick, Alex ed., Common Ground: Heritage and Public Places in New Zealand, Otago University Press, 2000
Aro Valley Heritage Trail, Wellington City Council, 1996 (with Tony Wilson)
Thorndon Heritage Trail, Wellington City Council, 1996
Old Shoreline Heritage Trail, Wellington City Council, 1996
Maritime Heritage Trail, Wellington City Council, 1996 (with Tony Wilson)
Northern Suburbs Heritage Trail, Wellington City Council, 1998, 2004 (with Helen McCracken and Jane Black)
Te Aro Heritage Trail, Wellington City Council, 1999 (with Helen McCracken and Jane Black)
Petone Heritage Trail, Hutt City Council (with Helen McCracken and Jane Black)
Karori Heritage Trail, Wellington City Council (with Jane Black)
Art Deco Heritage Trail, Wellington City Council
â€˜The Lung of the Capital: The Basin Reserve', in Gentry K. and McLean G. 2006, Heartlands: New Zealand historians write about where history happened, Penguin Books, Auckland
Wild animal control huts: a national heritage identification study, Department of Conservation, Wellington 2007
Royal Wellington Golf Club: A Continuing History 1995-2009, RWGC, Wellington 2009
The Heretaunga Course: Royal Wellington Golf Club 2011-2014, Wellington 2014 (with Mark Stephens)