UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Lyndon Andrew Fraser

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Sociology and Anthropology

Fields of Research

  • New Zealand History
  • Public History
  • Ethnicity and Migration
  • Death, Mounring and Remembrance
  • Museum & Heritage Studies
  • Museum & Heritage Studies

Researcher Summary

I am a professional historian specializing in (a) nineteenth century colonial history with a focus on aspects of ethnicity and migration and (b) public history, both as a practitioner and teacher, with expertise in televisual histories, museums and heritage. The field of public history explores the uses of the past by the state and civil society. Those of us working in the field are variously located, in tertiary institutions and heritage parks, on local council teams or galleries, and in businesses or consultancies. We have our own professional organization: the Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand (PHANZA). Much of my research takes place in this area, with recent work including the successful on-line Kiwi Sceptics series (for Air New Zealand) that featured the comedian Rhys Darby; the most recent series of Santer (BBC Northern Ireland), where I assisted with historical research and screen time; and the soon-to-be screened documentary The Nearest Place to Home (on the new Irish diaspora to several locations, including New Zealand).

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Future Research

  • Memento Mori: Objects of Remembrance from the Cantebrury Earthquakes
  • An Oral History Irish Postwar Migration to Australia and New Zealand
  • Death and Mourning in New Zealand to 1918

Key Methodologies

  • Historical Method
  • Record Linkage
  • Genealogy
  • Historical Fieldwork
  • Material Analysis

Affiliations

Prizes and Awards

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of History, Massey University, Palmerston North. ( 1997 - 1999)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Massey University, Palmerston North, 1997-1999. I competed for this general fellowship against candidates from all ( 1997 - 2002)
  • Research Fellow in Human History, Canterbury Museum ( 2014 - 2018)
  • Research Fellow, Department of History, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia, 2002. ( 1997 - 2002)
  • Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Melbourne. ( 2002 - 2003)
  • Research Fellow, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne ( 2006 - 2007)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. ( 2016 - 2017)

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Baird, R. and Fraser, L. (2017) The Return of the Kiwi': New Zealand migrants to Australia and going home. New Zealand Journal of History (TBC) (Journal articles)
  • Cobley, JJL. (2017) The Intangible Natural Heritage of Ranunculus Paucifolius, the Castle Hill Buttercup. In Pickles, C, Fraser, L, Hill, M, Murray, S, Ryan, G (Ed.), History Making a Difference: New Approaches New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2017) Songs for the Dead: Deathways in Victorian New Zealand. Dunedin: Otago University Press. (Authored Books)
  • Pickles, K., Fraser, L., Hill, M., Murray, S. and Ryan, G. (Ed.) (2017) History Making a Difference: New Approaches. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Edited Volumes)
  • Carpenter, L. and Fraser, L. (2016) An Australasian Goldfield'. Rushing for Gold: Life and Commerce on the Goldfields of Australia and New Zealand: 7-19. Dunedin: Otago University Press. (Chapters)
  • Carpenter, L. and Fraser, L. (Ed.) (2016) Rushing for Gold: Life and Commerce on the Goldfields of Australia and New Zealand. Dunedin: Otago University Press. (Edited Volumes)
  • Fraser, L. (2016) ‘Prity Fare Trade at Present’: Irish Women, Mobility and Work on the West Coast Goldfields. Rushing for Gold: Life and Commerce on the Goldfields of Australia and New Zealand: 176-187. Dunedin: Otago University Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2016) Histories of death in Australasia. History Compass (in press) (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. (2016) Migration, Nation and Public Histories in New Zealand: New Perspectives and Possibilities. History, Historians and the Immigration Debate: Going Back to Where We Came FromPalgrave Macmillan. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2016) The watery grave: representations of death at sea in shipboard accounts. Records of the Canterbury Museum (in press) (Journal articles)
  • Jolley, A., Hampton, SJ., Kennedy, B., Brogt, E. and Fraser, L. (2016) Considering place as a means to link discrete exposures within roadside geology field trips. Denver, CO, USA: Geological Society of America annual meeting, 25 Sep 2016 - 28 Sep 2016. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2015) Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris, Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History. Wellington: Bridget Williams Books, 2014; 544pp. New Zealand Journal of History 49(2): 176-178. Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2015) Remembering the Dead: Death and Memory in Victorian New Zealand. Australasian Victorian Studies Assocation Conference, 'The Victorians and Memory', 3 Feb 2015 - 5 Feb 2015. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2015) Songs for the Dead: Towards a History of Death and Memory in Victorian New Zealand. (Oral Presentations)
  • Baird, R. and Fraser, L. (2014) ‘“The Return of the Kiwi”: New Zealand Migrants to Australia, Cross-Cultural Encounters and Going Home’. Migrant Cross-Cultural Encounters Conference, 24 Nov 2014 - 26 Nov 2014. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2014) Women's Working Lives on the West Coast Goldfields. Digging History - a seminar of West Coast Goldfields History, 30 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014. (Conference - Other)
  • Baird, R. and Fraser, L. (2013) Kiwis "On the Wing": The continuing migration experiences of New Zealanders in Australia from the 1960s-90s. On the Wing: Mobility Before and After Emigration to Australia. Visible Immigrants: Seven Sydney: Anchor Books. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2013) Remembering the Dead: Some Reflections on Victorian Memorial Photography. New Zealand Historical Association Conference 2013 (NZHA), 20 Nov 2013 - 22 Nov 2013. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. and Murray, S. (2013) Objects of Remembrance: Memento Mori from the Canterbury Earthquakes. Interdiscipline: Art Association of Australia & New Zealand (AAANZ) Conference 2013, 7 Dec 2013 - 9 Dec 2013. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2012) "A pang that rends the heart": Irish ways of death on the margins of Empire. 19th Australasian Irish Studies Conference, 7 Nov 2012 - 10 Nov 2012. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2012) Canterbury Quakes. Christchurch, New Zealand: Canterbury Museum, 22 Feb-1 Oct 2012. New Zealand Journal of History 46(2): 208-210. Exhibition Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2012) Memory, mourning and melancholy: English ways of death on the margins of Empire. Death Down Under Conference, 28 Jun 2012 - 29 Jun 2012. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2012) Irish women's working lives on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, 1864-1922. Ireland down under: Melbourne Irish studies seminars, 2001-2010: 56-70. Melbourne: Custom Book Centre. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2012) Memory, mourning and melancholy: English ways of death on the margins of Empire. Far from 'Home': The English in New Zealand: 99-122. Dunedin: University of Otago Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. and McCarthy, A. (2012) The English diaspora in New Zealand: New perspectives. Far from 'Home': The English in New Zealand: 7-14. Dunedin: Otago University Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. and McCarthy, A. (Ed.) (2012) Far from 'Home': The English in New Zealand. Dunedin: Otago University Press. (Edited Volumes)
  • Hibiscus/Candid. (2012) Kiwi Sceptics, (Europhile episode). [On-Line Media]. (Film/Video)
  • Fraser, L. (2011) Memory, mourning and melancholy: English ways of death on the margins of Empire. New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 16 Nov 2011 - 18 Nov 2011. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L., Quinn, H. and Kerr, R. (2011) Ghostbusters: Pilot Student Retention Project. For the College of Arts, University of Canterbury. Research Report (Revised). (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2010) Julia Bradshaw, Golden Prospects: Chinese on the West Coast of New Zealand. Greymouth: Shantytown, 2009. New Zealand Journal of History 44(2): 212-213. Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2010) One Land. [Series Historian. Television Series]. (Film/Video)
  • Fraser, L. (2010) Reel History? Doing the Past on Screen - Some Reflections. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2010) Senka Bozic-Vrbancic, Tarara: Croats and Maori in New Zealand: Memory, Belonging, Identity. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2008. New Zealand Journal of History 44(1): 95-96. Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2010) Ulster Protestants in Nineteenth-Century Canterbury. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2010) Wairau Bar Koiwi Tangata and Taonga - An Independent Historian's Review. Canterbury Museum. (Reports)
  • Fraser, L. and Campbell, M. (Ed.) (2010) Australasian Journal of Irish Studies, 10 (2010). Special Issue: The Irish in New Zealand. Melbourne: La Trobe University. (Edited Volumes)
  • Fraser, L. (2009) Editorial introduction: Migration histories and writing the nation. New Zealand Journal of History 43(2): 119-122. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2009) Irish Men's Working Lives on the West Coast Goldfields. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2009) Personal Narratives of Irish and Scottish Migration, 1921-65: 'For spirit and adventure'. By Angela McCarthy. (Manchester and New York: Manchester Univerity Press, 2007). New Zealand Journal of History 43(1): 92-94. Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2009) The Golden Age of Couture: Paris & London 1947-57. By Victoria and Albert Museum, London. (Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia). History Australia 6(2) Exhibition Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2009) When rolling seas shall no more divide us': Transnationalism and the local geographies of Ulster Protestant Settlement in nineteenth-century Canterbury. 16th Australasian Irish Studies Conference, 9 Jul 2009 - 12 Jul 2009. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. and Dwyer, S. (2009) When Rolling Seas Shall No More Divide Us': Transnationalism and the Local Geographies of Ulster Protesant Settlement in Nineteenth-Century Canterbury. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. and Dwyer, S. (2009) 'When rolling seas shall no more divide us': Transnationalism and the local geographies of Ulster protestant settlement in nineteenth-century Canterbury. New Zealand Journal of History 43(2): 182-197. (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L., McLean, R. and Mahuika, N. (Ed.) (2009) New Zealand Journal of History, 43(2). Special Issue: Migration Histories and Writing the Nation. Auckland: The University of Auckland. (Edited Volumes)
  • McAloon, J., Fairburn, M. and Fraser, L. (2009) The Future of New Zealand History. 2nd Biennial Festival of History, 10-10-2009. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2008) Irish Working Lives on the Antipodean Goldfields'. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2008) Settlers: New Zealand Immigrants from England, Ireland Scotland, 1800-1945. By Jock Phillips and Terry Hearn. (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2008). New Zealand Journal of History 42(2): 220-221. Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2008) The West Coast Irish. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2008) The Working Lives of Irish Men on the Antipodean Goldfields. Deeper Leads: New Approaches to Victorian Goldfields History: 21-38. Ballarat: Ballarat Heritage Services. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) Castles of Gold: A History of the West Coast Irish. Dunedin: Otago University Press. (Authored Books)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) How I Traced the West Coast Irish. Ethnic Counting Conference, 29-6-2007. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) How Irish was Catholicism on the West Coast?'. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) Irish Working Lives on the Antipodean Goldfields. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) Irish Working Lives on the Antipodean Goldfields. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) The West Coast Irish. International U3A Conference, 29-6-2007. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) What Role do Migration Histories Play in Retelling the Nation? Migration Histories and Writing the Nation Conference, 21 Jun 2007 - 21 Jun 2007. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) Tracing the Lives of Irish Migrants in New Zealand: Sources, Problems, Dilemmas. Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: History, Politics and Culture: 14-31. Dublin: Four Courts Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. and Dwyer, S. (2007) Ulster Protestant Women in Colonial Canterbury. 15th Irish-Australasian Conference, 23 Sep 2007 - 26 Sep 2007. (Conference - Other)
  • Dwyer, S. and Fraser, L. (2006) "We are here together like so many on the cockle beds": Towards a history of Ulster migrants in nineteenth-century Canterbury. Ulster-New Zealand Migration and Cultural Transfers: 115-130. Dublin: Four Courts Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2006) An Irish Empire? Religion, Identities and the West Coast Irish, 1864-1922. Us and Them Conference, 1 Aug 2006 - 1 Aug 2006. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2006) Diaspora and Ethnicity: A Case Study of Irish Migrants on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2006) Irish Migrants in New Zealand, 1840-1937: 'The Desired Haven'. By Angela McCarthy. (Woodbridge, Suffolk, and Rochester, NY: Boydell, 2005). Journal of British Studies 45(2) Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2006) The Elusive Pile: Irish Working Lives on the Antipodean Goldfields'. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2006) Ulster Migrants in Canterbury. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2005) New Zealand's Celtic Communities. Scottish Migration and Cultural Transfer Conference, 27-6-2005. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2004) Diaspora and Ethnicity: A Case Study of Irish Migrants on the West Coast, 1864-1922'. Irish-Australasian Conference, 26-6-2004. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2004) How Ulster was the West Coast?'. The Hidden Irish: Ulster/New Zealand Migration and Cultural Transfer Conference, 26-6-2004. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2004) Irish Marriages on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, 1864-1922'. Invited Paper, 'Europeans on the Move', 26-6-2004. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2004) Tracking Irish Migrants in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand: Sources, Methods, Dilemmas'. Invited Paper, 'Europeans on the Move Conference', 26-6-2004. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2003) Diaspora and Ethnicity: A Case Study of Irish Migrants on the West Coast, 1864-1922'. New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 25-6-2003. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2003) Irish Women's Networks on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, 1864-1922'. International Federation for Research in Women's History Conference, 25-6-2003. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2003) Love your husband as you love your own flesh: Irish Women and Marriage on the West Coast, New Zealand, During the Nineteenth Century. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies 3: 3-22. (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. (2003) New Zealand: the Irish in. The Encyclopedia of Ireland: Irish Diaspora: 981-982. Dublin: Macmillan. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2002) Love yor husband as you love yor one flesh: Irish Women and Marriage on the West Coast during the Nineteenth Century. Stout Research Centre, Irish-Scottish Studies Down Under Conference, 24-6-2002. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2002) No-one but black strangers to spake to: Irish Women's Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1915. Australian Historical Association Conference, 24-6-2002. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2002) No-one but black strangers to spake to god help me: Irish Women's Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1915. Shifting Centres: Women and Migraaiton in New Zealand History: 45-62. Dunedin: The University of Otago Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2002) To Tara via Holyhead: The emergence of Irish Catholic ethinicity in nineteenth-century Christchurch, New Zealand. Journal of Social History 36(2) (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. and Pickles, K. (2002) Shifting Centres. Shifting Centres: Women and Migration in New Zealand History: 9-14. Dunedin: University of Otago Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. and Pickles, K. (Ed.) (2002) Shifting Centres: Women and Migration in New Zealand History. Dunedin: University of Otago Press. (Edited Volumes)
  • Fraser, L. (2001) No-one but black strangers to spake to: Irish Women's Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1915. New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 23-6-2001. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2000) Long Journey for Sevenpence: An Orla History of Assisted Immigration to New Zealand from the United Kingdom, 1947-1975. By Megan Hutching. (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1999). New Zealand Journal of History 34(1): 178-180. Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2000) The West Coast Irish Project, 1864-1922. Stout Research Centre, The Irish in New Zealand Conference, 22-6-2000. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2000) Towards an historical sociology of Irish settlement on the west coast of New Zealand. Sociological sites/sights: Multiple locations, multiple knowledges, multiple visions: Proceedings of the TASA 2000 Conference., 22-6-2000. 80-89. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2000) Towards an Historical Sociology of the West Coast Irish, 1864-1922. Australian Sociological Association Conference, 22-6-2000. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2000) Irish migration to the West Coast, 1864-1900. A distant shore: Irish migration and New Zealand settlement: 86-104. Dunedin: The University of Otago Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (2000) Irish Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1900. New Zealand Journal of History 34: 197-225. (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. (2000) Patterns of Irish migration to the West Coast of New Zealand. Ireland and Australia, 1798-1998: Studies in culture, identity and migration: 152-164. Sydney: Crossing Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (Ed.) (2000) A Distant Shore: Irish Migration and New Zealand Settlement. Dunedin: The University of Otago Press. (Edited Volumes)
  • Fraser, L. (1999) Irish Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1900', and 'Comment' as Panel Chair. New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 21-6-1999. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (1999) Structured Controversy as a Teaching Strategy in Historical Sociology. New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 21-6-1999. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (1998) Co-operative Learning Strategies in American Studies. Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference (ANZASA), 20-6-1998. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (1998) Towards a Regional History of The West Coast Irish, 1864-1922. Ireland and Australia: 1798-1998, ANU Humanities Research Centre Conference, 20-6-1998. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (1998) Co-operative Learning Strategies in History. New Zealand Historical Association Newsletter : 23-28. (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. (1997) Co-operative Learning Strategies in History. New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 19-6-1997. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (1997) To Tara via Holyhead: Irish Catholic Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch. Auckland: Auckland University Press. (Authored Books)
  • Fraser, L. (1997) Crossings: The Structure of Catholic Irish Migration to Nineteenth-Century Canterbury. Irish-Australian Studies 8: 325-341. Sydney: Crossing Press. (Chapters)
  • Fraser, L. (1996) The Making of an Ethnic Collectivity: Irish Catholic Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch'. Journal of Religious History 20(2): 210-227. (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. (1995) Constructing the Irish Experience in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand: A Comparative Approach. British Review of New Zealand Studies 8: 117-124. (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. (1995) Structure and Agency: Comparative Perspectives on the Irish Catholic Experience in New Zealand and the United States. Australasian Journal of Irish Studies 14(2): 87-103. (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. (1995) The Ties That Bind: Irish Catholic Testamentary Evidence From Christchurch, 1876-1915. New Zealand Journal of History 29(1): 67-82. (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. (1994) An Ethnic Collectivity? The Irish Catholic Experience in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch'. New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 1 Aug 1994 - 1 Aug 1994. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (1994) Comparative Patterns and Dilemmas: The Irish in New Zealand and the United States'. Australia New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, 1 Jul 1994 - 1 Jul 1994. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (1994) Comparative Lessons and Dilemmas: Constructing the Irish Experience in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand'. Historical News (69): 12-15. (Journal articles)
  • Fraser, L. (1993) The Ties that Bind: Irish Catholic Testamentary Evidence from Christchurch, 1876-1918'. New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 1 Dec 1993 - 1 Dec 1993. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (1993) To Tara via Holyhead? The Irish Catholic Experience in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch'. Seventh Irish Australian Conference, 1 Jul 1993 - 1 Jul 1993. (Conference - Other)
  • Fraser, L. (1992) Ethnicity and Space: A Comparative Approach to Locational Choice Among the irish Catholic Community in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch'. Australia New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, 1 Jul 1992 - 1 Jul 1992. (Conference - Other)
  • Phillips, J. and Fraser, L. (0) Passports. [Artefacts, video, and interactive displays]. (Exhibition/Curatorial ExercisesULL)
  • Phillips, J., Fraser, L. and Ip Manying Wong, K. (0) The Making of a Chinese-New Zealander. [Temporary Exhibition]. (Exhibition/Curatorial ExercisesULL)