Welcome to my website. It contains posts about art, history and heritage from a New Zealander’s perspective, as well as some family history and a selection of photos, mostly from my travels.
I live in Wellington, New Zealand. I have a Master of Arts in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington. For my MA I studied some popular illustrated travel books from the late 18th and early 19th centuries to see how they depicted people from the Pacific. An article based on my MA was published in the annual Turnbull Library Record and you can also read a copy on this site (see Exotic depictions). Two other posts also use MA material: Images of Pacific peoples… and Representations of the Continents.
For three years I undertook historical research for Heritage New Zealand (formerly New Zealand Historic Places Trust) on various buildings in central New Zealand and wrote reports on them (see the post on Heritage Research). I am a visitor tour guide at New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa; and also at one of Wellington’s premier historic buildings, Old St Paul’s Church. I’m also a committee member of the local heritage group, Historic Places Wellington.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017 I taught an evening class at Wellington High School Community Education – called ‘City Stories: Wellington’s Architectural Heritage‘. In 2017 I also led two ‘secret art walks’ for U3A groups to look at art inside foyers of Wellington buildings.
You can contact me by using the form below.