I am the Researcher at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy based at HMNZS PHILOMEL in Devonport, Auckland. I am responsible for conducting all the historical research for the Museum, RNZN, wider NZDF and the public. I also maintain the largest collection of naval history in New Zealand held in our Research Library which is open to all.
I am presently working on a PhD titled The Royal New Zealand Navy in the Pacific War 1941-1946: A Small Nation’s Navy in a Big War to be supervised by Professor Glyn Harper and Dr Adam Claasen at Massey University
||Military History, NZ military&naval history, Colonial Warfare, Naval history 1815-present, Royal Navy in New Zealand 1769- First World War, Western Front, Battle History,Imperial history, NZ Wars 1845-1872
|Publications and Research
BA Honours Research Essay: Cameron’s Asymmetrical Victory: A Reinterpretation of the Waikato Campaign 1863: Completed 2003
MA Thesis: “So the End Has Come…I Shall See You All Again”: Demobilisation the NZEF November 1918-September 1918: Completed 2006
‘Sir Peter Phipps’, The White Ensign, (3: Summer)
‘French Nuclear Testing at Mururoa’ & ‘Operation VALERIAN’, The White Ensign, (5: Winter)
With Richard Jackson, ‘’Der Tag’: The Internment of the German Fleet 21.11.1918’, Navy Today, Issue 138 (November 2008).
‘Torpedo Bay Timeline’, The White Ensign (6: Summer)
‘HMNZS Irirangi’ co-authored, ‘Charters & Freedom of the City’, ‘Midshipmen’s Journals: Precious Papers from a Bygone Age’ co-authored, The White Ensign (7: Autumn)
Report prepared for the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs - Topic: Willing Participants: The Royal New Zealand Navy’s Involvement with Operation GRAPPLE – British Nuclear Atmospheric Testing 1957-58:
Report prepared for the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs - Topic: Duty Free Tobacco Supplied to NZ Forces in the Second World War
Report prepared for the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs - Topic: Use, Consumption, and Supply of Tobacco to the RNZN Post 1947 and the Policy Changes Towards its Use Within the Navy:
‘From Participation to Protest: The Royal New Zealand Navy, Naval Cooperation and Nuclear Testing 1957-1995’, Mitchell, Rhett, Young, Kathryn (eds.), The Commonwealth Navies: 100 Years of Cooperation 2009 King Hall Naval History Conference Proceedings, Canberra: Sea Power Centre, 2012, pp. 129-166.
North Shore Historical Society article - Topic: Our Battleship!:Sir Joseph Ward and the Purchase of HMS NEW ZEALAND
Background Document prepared for the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs - Topic: “Norm’s Mystery Tours”: French Nuclear Testing at Mururoa July 1973
‘Our Battleship at War: HMS NEW ZEALAND in the First World War’, Headmark [Journal of the Australian Naval Institute]
With Jane Keig ‘Troopships to Albany – Beginning of the Anzac Bond’, Navy Today 184 (November 2014), pp. 7-9.
Book Review – Voyage to Gallipoli by Peter Plowman – reviewed for Naval Historical Foundation October 2014
‘Small Steps from Empire to Independence: The Royal New Zealand Navy 1910-2010’, From Empire to In(ter)dependence: The Canadian Navy and the Commonwealth Experience, 1910-2010, Proceedings of the Canadian Navy Centennial/Ninth Maritime Command (MARCOM) History Conference, The Northern Mariner XXIV: 3 & 4 (July & October 2014) Canadian Military History 23:3 & 4 (Summer & Autumn 2014), pp. 104-123.
‘HMS New Zealand In World War I’ Forbes, Andrew (ed.), The War at Sea: 1914-1918 Proceedings of the King-Hall Naval History Conference 2013, Canberra: Sea Power Centre, 2015, pp. 117-128.
‘Loyal to Empire, the Navy and Home: New Zealand’s Naval Aspirations to 1914’, Frame, Tom (ed.), Maritime Strategy 1914: Perspectives from Australia and Beyond, Canberra: Barton Books, 2015, pp. 77-92.
Report for NZDF Heritage, Commemorations and Protocol Group - Topic: New Zealand Involvement with Ploegsteert Village & Wood 1917
‘Battle of Jutland’, Navy Today 197 [March 2016], p.29.
‘Becoming the RNZN: Te Tua Moana Aotearoa and the Loss of HMS Neptune 1860s to 1941’ NZ Today 67 (April-May 2016), pp. 14-22
‘History of the WRNZNS RNZN 75th Anniversary’, NZ Today 68 (June-July 2016), pp. 14-22.
Exhibition Booklet: 75 Years of Objects: An Exhibition About the Royal New Zealand Navy, Auckland: Navy Museum, 2016. Contributing writer and editor.
Barrett, Keith (ed.), Courage, Commitment, Comradeship: Celebrating 75 Years of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Sydney: Faircount Media Group, 2016. Three chapters -
‘Dawn of the RNZN’ pp. 31-35.
‘Becoming the RNZN Te Taaua Moana o Aotearoa, and the HMS Neptune’ pp. 36-48.
‘The Modern History of the RNZN’ pp. 52-65.
‘Anniversary of Naval Hero: Lieutenant Commander William Sanders’, Navy Today 209 [April 2017], pp 20-21.
‘Those Gallant Little Ships’ Britain at War 114 (October 2017), pp. 100-106.
HMNZS MANAWANUI Decommissioning Ceremony Booklet February 2018 – ‘Manawanui’s Career Highlights’ pp. 16-29.
‘Uncovering Kiwi Heroes: OPERTATION Z-O: The Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids 22-23 April 1918’, Navy Today 220 (April 2018), p. 31.
‘Remembering the Battle of Kolombangara’, New Zealand Memories 132 (June-July 2018), pp. 46-49.
New Zealand Defence Force, Maritime Doctrine, 2nd ed., Auckland: Directorate of Seapower and Warfare, 2018. Contributor and editor for Chapter 1 Our Store pp. 1-20.
Current, and Ongoing Major Research Projects
1. New Zealand Naval POWs of the Second World War
2. New Zealanders who have fought in the Royal Navy or Royal Australian Navy 1914-1918 plus those who died on naval service 1914-1919
3. Naval History of the First World War timeline – ongoing
4. Minesweeping and Minelaying Operations
5. Naval Ordnance History
6. Tri Service operations in Guadalcanal as part of the Solomons Theatre 1942-1943
7. Naval Guns held by the RNZN