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 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

Publications

  • Fraser, L. (2014) Death on the Goldfields. In L. Carpenter and L. Fraser (Ed.), Rushing for Gold: tba. Dunedin: Otago University Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • Carpenter, L. and Fraser, L. (Ed.) (2014) Rushing for Gold (working title). Dunedin: Otago University Press. 250+pp. (Edited Books)
  • Baird, R. and Fraser, L. (2013) Kiwis "On the Wing": The continuing migration experiences of New Zealanders in Australia from the 1960s-90s. In M. Kleinig and E. Richards (Ed.), On the Wing: Mobility Before and After Emigration to Australia. Visible Immigrants: Seven: tba. Sydney: Anchor Books. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser, L. and Murray, S. (2013) Objects of Remembrance: Memento Mori from the Canterbury Earthquakes. Melbourne, Australia: Interdiscipline: Art Association of Australia & New Zealand (AAANZ) Conference 2013, 7-9 Dec 2013. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (2013) Remembering the Dead: Some Reflections on Victorian Memorial Photography. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: New Zealand Historical Association Conference 2013 (NZHA), 20-22 Nov 2013. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (2012) "A pang that rends the heart": Irish ways of death on the margins of Empire. Dunedin, New Zealand: 19th Australasian Irish Studies Conference, 7-10 Nov 2012. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • 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. and McCarthy, A. (Ed.) (2012) Far from 'Home': The English in New Zealand. Dunedin: Otago University Press. 232pp. (Edited Books)
  • Fraser, L. (2012) Irish women's working lives on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, 1864-1922. In E. Malcolm, P. Bull and F. Devlin-Glass (Ed.), Ireland down under: Melbourne Irish studies seminars, 2001-2010: pp. 56-70. Melbourne: Custom Book Centre. (Chapters in Books)
  • Baird, R. and Fraser, L. (2012) Kiwis "On the Wing": The continuing migration experiences of New Zealanders in Australia from the 1960s-90s. Adelaide, Australia: Visible Immigrants Seminar, 14-15 Dec 2012. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (2012) Memory, mourning and melancholy: English ways of death on the margins of Empire. In L. Fraser and A. McCarthy (Ed.), Far from 'Home': The English in New Zealand: 99-122. Dunedin: University of Otago Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser, L. (2012) Memory, mourning and melancholy: English ways of death on the margins of Empire. Dunedin, New Zealand: Death Down Under Conference, 28-29 Jun 2012. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. and McCarthy, A. (2012) The English diaspora in New Zealand: New perspectives. In Fraser, L., McCarthy, A. (Ed.), Far from 'Home': The English in New Zealand: 7-14. Dunedin: Otago University Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • 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. (2011) Memory, mourning and melancholy: English ways of death on the margins of Empire. University of Waikato, Hamilton: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 16-18 Nov 2011. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • 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. 162pp. (Edited Books)
  • 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. TVNZ/Eyeworks. Produced by N. Malcon and B. Mackey. [Series Historian. Television Series]. (Films/Videos)
  • Fraser, L. (2010) Reel History? Doing the Past on Screen - Some Reflections. Canterbury Historical Association, Christchurch, New Zealand: 10 Aug 2010. (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): 95-6. Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2010) Ulster Protestants in Nineteenth-Century Canterbury. Christchurch, New Zealand: Family History Society of New Zealand's Harold Raines Memorial Lecture, 8 May 2010. (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. (2009) Editorial Introduction: Migration Histories and Writing the Nation. New Zealand Journal of History 43(2): 119-21. Editorial. (Other)
  • 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. 248pp. (Edited Books)
  • 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): 92-4. Book Review. (Other)
  • McAloon, J., Fairburn, M. and Fraser, L. (2009) The Future of New Zealand History. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: 2nd Biennial Festival of History, 10 Oct 2009. (Conference Contributions - 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): 46.1-46.2. Exhibition Review. (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. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Sociology and Anthropology Seminar Series, 25 Sep 2009. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2009) 'When rolling seas shall no more divide us': Transnationalism and the local geographies of Ulster Protestant Settlement in nineteenth-century Canterbury. Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand: 16th Australasian Irish Studies Conference, 9-12 Jul 2009. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2008) 'Irish Working Lives on the Antipodean Goldfields'. University of Canterbury: School of Sociology and Anthropology Seminar Series, 2008. (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): 220-21. Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser, L. (2008) The Working Lives of Irish Men on the Antipodean Goldfields. In K. Reeves and D. Nichols (Ed.), Deeper Leads: New Approaches to Victorian Goldfields History: 21-38. Ballarat: Ballarat Heritage Services. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) Castles of Gold: A History of the West Coast Irish. Dunedin: Otago University Press. 203pp. (Authored Books)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) How I Traced the West Coast Irish. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: Ethnic Counting Conference, 2007. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2007) 'How Irish was Catholicism on the West Coast?'. University of Canterbury: History Seminar Series, 2007. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) Irish Working Lives on the Antipodean Goldfields. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand: Canterbury Historical Association, 2007. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) Irish Working Lives on the Antipodean Goldfields. Westport, New Zealand: Westport Arts Festival, 24 Aug 2007. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) The West Coast Irish. Christchurch, New Zealand: International U3A Conference, 2007. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) Tracing the Lives of Irish Migrants in New Zealand: Sources, Problems, Dilemmas. In L. Geary and A. McCarthy (Ed.), Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: History, Politics and Culture: 14-31. Dublin: Four Courts Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser, L. and Dwyer, S. (2007) Ulster Protestant Women in Colonial Canterbury. La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia: 15th Irish-Australasian Conference, 23-26 Sep 2007. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (2007) What Role do Migration Histories Play in Retelling the Nation? Waikato University, Hamilton, New Zealand: Migration Histories and Writing the Nation Conference, 21 Jun 2007. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • 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. In B. Patterson (Ed.), Ulster-New Zealand Migration and Cultural Transfers: 115-130. Dublin: Four Courts Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser, L. (2006) An Irish Empire? Religion, Identities and the West Coast Irish, 1864-1922. University of Melbourne, Australia: Us and Them Conference, Aug 2006. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (2006) Diaspora and Ethnicity: A Case Study of Irish Migrants on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. University of Melbourne, Australia: Brown Bag Seminar Series, School of Historical Studies, 2006. (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'. University of Melbourne, Australia: Public Lecture, Irish Studies Series, 19 Sept 2006. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2006) Ulster Migrants in Canterbury. Leeston, New Zealand: Ellesmere Historical Society, 2006. (Oral Presentations)
  • Fraser, L. (2005) New Zealand's Celtic Communities. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand: Scottish Migration and Cultural Transfer Conference, 2005. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2004) 'Diaspora and Ethnicity: A Case Study of Irish Migrants on the West Coast, 1864-1922'. University of Melbourne: Irish-Australasian Conference, 2004. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2004) 'How Ulster was the West Coast?'. Victoria University: 'The Hidden Irish: Ulster/New Zealand Migration and Cultural Transfer Conference, 2004. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2004) 'Irish Marriages on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, 1864-1922'. AHRB Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen: Invited Paper, 'Europeans on the Move', 2004. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2004) 'Tracking Irish Migrants in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand: Sources, Methods, Dilemmas'. AHRB Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen: Invited Paper, 'Europeans on the Move Conference', 2004. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2003) 'Diaspora and Ethnicity: A Case Study of Irish Migrants on the West Coast, 1864-1922'. University of Otago: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 2003. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2003) 'Irish Women's Networks on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, 1864-1922'. Queen's University, Belfast: International Federation for Research in Women's History Conference, 2003. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • 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'. In Lalor, B. (Ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Ireland: Irish Diaspora (2003 ed.): 981-2. Dublin: Macmillan. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser,L. (2002) Love yor husband as you love yor one flesh: Irish Women and Marriage on the West Coast during the Nineteenth Century. Victoria University of Wellington: Stout Research Centre, Irish-Scottish Studies Down Under Conference, 2002. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2002) No-one but black strangers to spake to god help me: Irish Women's Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1915. In Fraser, L. and Pickles K. (Ed.), Shifting Centres: Women and Migraaiton in New Zealand History: 45--62. Dunedin: The University of Otago Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser, L. (2002) No-one but black strangers to spake to: Irish Women's Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1915. Brisbane: Australian Historical Association Conference, 2002. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. and Pickles, K. (2002) Shifting Centres. In Fraser, L. and Pickles K. (Ed.), Shifting Centres: Women and Migration in New Zealand History: 9-14. Dunedin: University of Otago Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser, L. and Pickles, K. (Ed.) (2002) Shifting Centres: Women and Migration in New Zealand History. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press. 224pp. (Edited Books)
  • 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): 431-458. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3790117. (Journal Articles)
  • Fraser,L. (2001) No-one but black strangers to spake to: Irish Women's Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1915. University of Canterbury: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 2001. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (Ed.) (2000) A Distant Shore: Irish Migration and New Zealand Settlement. Dunedin: The University of Otago Press. 196pp. (Edited Books)
  • Fraser,L. (2000) Introduction. In Fraser, L. (Ed.), A Distant Shore: Irish Migration and New Zealand Settlement: 9--11. Dunedin: The University of Otago Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser,L. (2000) Irish Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1900. New Zealand Journal of History 34: 197--225. (Journal Articles)
  • Fraser,L. (2000) Irish migration to the West Coast, 1864-1900. In Fraser, L. (Ed.), A distant shore: Irish migration and New Zealand settlement: 86--104. Dunedin: The University of Otago Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • 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): 178-80. Book Review. (Other)
  • Fraser,L. (2000) Patterns of Irish migration to the West Coast of New Zealand. In Bull, P., Devlin-Glass, F. & Doyle, H. (Ed.), Ireland and Australia, 1798-1998: Studies in culture, identity and migration: 152--64. Sydney: Crossing Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser,L. (2000) The West Coast Irish Project, 1864-1922. Victoria University of Wellington: Stout Research Centre, The Irish in New Zealand Conference, 2000. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2000) Towards an historical sociology of Irish settlement on the west coast of New Zealand. Flinders University, Adelaide: Sociological sites/sights: Multiple locations, multiple knowledges, multiple visions: Proceedings of the TASA 2000 Conference., ''2000''. 80--9.. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (2000) Towards an Historical Sociology of the West Coast Irish, 1864-1922. Flinders University: Australian Sociological Association Conference, 2000. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (1999) 'Irish Migration to the West Coast, 1864-1900', and 'Comment' as Panel Chair. University of Waikato: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 1999. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (1999) Structured Controversy as a Teaching Strategy in Historical Sociology. University of Waikato: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 1999. (Conference Contributions - Oral presentations)
  • Fraser,L. (1998) Co-operative Learning Strategies in American Studies. Australian National University: Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference (ANZASA), 1998. (Conference Contributions - Other)
  • Fraser,L. (1998) Co-operative Learning Strategies in History. New Zealand Historical Association Newsletter : 23--28. (Journal Articles)
  • Phillips, J. and Fraser, L. et al. (1998) Passports. Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, Permanent. [Artefacts, video, and interactive displays]. (Exhibitions)
  • Phillips, J., Fraser, L., Ip, Manying. and Wong, K. et al. (1998) The Making of a Chinese-New Zealander. Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, 1998-2000. [Temporary Exhibition]. (Exhibitions)
  • Fraser,L. (1998) Towards a Regional History of The West Coast Irish, 1864-1922. La Trobe University: Ireland and Australia: 1798-1998, ANU Humanities Research Centre Conference, 1998. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (1997) Co-operative Learning Strategies in History. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 1997. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser,L. (1997) Crossings: The Structure of Catholic Irish Migration to Nineteenth-Century Canterbury. In Richard Davis (Ed.), Irish-Australian Studies 8: 325-41. Sydney: Crossing Press. (Chapters in Books)
  • Fraser, L. (1997) To Tara via Holyhead: Irish Catholic Immigrants in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch. Auckland: Auckland University Press. 208pp. (Authored Books)
  • 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: 117-24. (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'. University of Auckland: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, August 1994. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • 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. (1994) 'Comparative Patterns and Dilemmas: The Irish in New Zealand and the United States'. University of Melbourne: Australia New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, July 1994. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (1993) 'The Ties that Bind: Irish Catholic Testamentary Evidence from Christchurch, 1876-1918'. University of Otago: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, December 1993. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (1993) 'To Tara via Holyhead? The Irish Catholic Experience in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch'. University of Queensland and Griffith University: Seventh Irish Australian Conference, July 1993. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)
  • Fraser, L. (1992) 'Ethnicity and Space: A Comparative Approach to Locational Choice Among the irish Catholic Community in Nineteenth-Century Christchurch'. Flinders University: Australia New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, July 1992. (Conference Contributions - Full conference papers)