Professor Charlotte Macdonald
Professor of History at Victoria University of Wellington.
Research interests in the 19th century British Empire and its 20th-century legacies, New Zealand history.
Recent publications include ‘The First World War and the Making of Colonial Memory’, Journal of New Zealand Literature, 33: 2 (2015); Antoinette Burton and Isabel Hofmeyr, Ten Books that Shaped the British Empire (2014); Annabel Cooper, Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla, ed, The Lives of Colonial Objects (2015); Victoria Haskins and Claire Lowrie, ed, Colonization and Domestic Service (2014); 'Body and Self', Womens History Review, 22: 2 (2013); Strong, Beautiful and Modern (2011); 'Between Religion and Empire', Journal of the Canadian Historical Association/Revue de la Societe Historique du Canada, 19: 2 (2008); Women Writing Home (2006). Earlier publications include 'My Hand Will Write What My Heart Dictates' (with Frances Porter, 1995); A Woman of Good Character (1990); The Book of New Zealand Women/Ko Kui Ma te Kaupapa (ed with Merimeri Penfold and Bridget Williams, 1991) and two volumes edited with Barbara Brookes and Margaret Tennant, Women in History and Women in History 2 (1986, 1992).
She is a Council Member of the New Zealand Historical Association and the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand; Associate editor of the New Zealand Journal of History.
Dr Rebecca Lenihan
Post-Doctoral Fellow in the History Programme at Victoria University of Wellington
Rebecca’s research background is in 19th and early 20th Century New Zealand and Scottish history, with a focus on migration. Her PhD dissertation profiled New Zealand’s Scottish immigrants arriving between 1840 and 1920, analyzing a database of 6,612 migrants of Scottish birth to examine place of origin and of settlement, age, gender, marital status, and occupation. Between 2011 and 2013 she was a post-doctoral fellow with the Historical Data Unit at the University of Guelph, collaborating with the Centre for Scottish Studies on a longitudinal database of Scottish migration, tracing individuals from the 1871 census of Scotland to the 1880/1 censuses of the US, Canada, England and Wales, and Scotland.
Recent publications include:
2016/17 Summer Scholars
Over the summer of 2016-17 the project team is joined by a further 3 summer scholars.
Josh King is at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, investigating 'life, death and disease in 1860s wartime Auckland', looking at the impact of the military presence in Auckland on the life and growth of the city, and the apparently unique morbidity and motality profile of British troops in New Zealand, focussing on Albert Barracks.
Scott Flutey is spending his summer digitsing the Ellott collection at Te Papa, examining this postal collection with an eye to such questions as who was writing, to whom, and what were they writing about? What does the material reveal about literacy by age, nationality or rank? What kinds of networks were maintained by post?
Max Nichol was going to be examining the T9 ledgers held at Archives New Zealand, analysing pensions, but the 14 November earthquake had other ideas. Max is now working his way through a sample of discharge records held in the UK National Archives WO97 series for the 50th, 65th and 68th regiments, transcribing these before examining what they can tell us, with an eye particularly on health and morbidity.
2015/16 Summer Scholars
Over the summer of 2015-16 the project team was joined by 4 summer scholars.
John McLellan transcribed and examined the diary of Ensign Spencer Nicholl, in collaboration with the Alexander Turnbull Library, creating a digital narrative.
Samantha Hunt worked at Puke Ariki researching and recording the details of the New Plymouth Garrison Order book of the 57th Regiment.
Angus Crowe investigate rations among other things, examining 'the stomach at war'.
Fiona Cliff picked up on research carried out for her honours research essay to trace men across the Empire, from the Crimea to India to New Zealand, examining what the men did and did not take with them.