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Munro Collection

Pacific islands history: journeys and transformations, Brij V Lal ed., 1992 Wellington-based biographer and historian Doug Munro started his research career as a historian of the Pacific Islands with specialisms in trade and traders, indentured labour, and the role of Island pastors.

Currently Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Queensland School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, his experience includes fieldwork in Tuvalu in the late 1970s, being Project Historian at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania in the early 1980s, and teaching at Bond University and the University of the South Pacific, where he was Associate Professor and Head of Department.

He is currently on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Historical Biography and the Journal of Pacific History, and is working on a biography of J.W. Davidson, the founding father of Pacific Islands historiography. His recent books include Scholars at War: Australasian social scientists, 1939-1945 (co-edited with Geoffrey Gray and Christine Winter 2012), The Ivory Tower and Beyond: participant historians of the Pacific (2009) and J.C. Beaglehole: public intellectual, critical conscience (2012).

A long-time admirer of H.E. Maude, Doug offered his collection as a complement to the Pacific Collection. It includes his authored books and articles and supporting research material.


The Cook Islands: 1820-1950, Richard Gilson, 1980 The Gilbertese Maneaba, Henry Evans Maude, 1980 Slavers in paradise: the Peruvian labour trade in Polynesia, 1862-1864, Henry Evans Maude, 1981 Mr Tulsi's store: a Fijian journey, Brij V. Lal, 2001


Rare Books & Special Collections

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