Showing posts from May, 2017

'The Great War for New Zealand' Te Awamutu Event

The Te Awamutu Museum is proud to be bringing New Zealand Historian and Author Vincent O’Malley to the Waipa District in May 2017. His most recent publication is The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800-2000.   The publisher Bridget Williams notes: “Spanning nearly two centuries from first contact through to settlement and apology, ​Vincent ​O’Malley focuses on the human impact of the war, its origins and aftermath. Based on many years of research and illustrated throughout,  The Great War for New Zealand  is a groundbreaking book written in the conviction that a nation needs to own its history.” The Museum team is hosting An Evening with Vincent O’Malley on Tuesday 30 th May. Vincent will provide an overview of his book, followed by a panel discussion with local participants including Tom Roa, Councillor Susan O’Regan, Alan Hall and Kaawhia Te Muraahi. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event ($80, cash only) and Vincent will be availa

'The Great War for New Zealand' Mangere Event

On Friday 9 June I will be discussing the Waikato War at Mangere Bridge School, starting at 7.30pm. This is a public event. All welcome and admission is free. See

Book Review: Arthur J. Ray, 'Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History'

Author: Arthur J. Ray Reviewer: Vincent O'Malley Arthur J. Ray. Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016. 360 pp. $29.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7735-4743-8. Reviewed by Vincent O'Malley (HistoryWorks) Published on H-Empire (March, 2017) Commissioned by Charles V. Reed At the Interface of Law and History   It has been said that if history is endless argument, then law is the end of argument. One seeks finality and closure, the other is constantly searching for new opportunities for debate. So what happens when law and history intersect? Although historians have long been employed as expert witnesses in a range of legal cases, over the past half century or so a major focus across several countries has been the use of historical evidence in various courts, commissions, and tribunals concerned with indigenous claims or cases a