I am a historian and librarian with an interest in all aspects of New Zealand’s social history. My doctoral thesis looked at domestic music making in New Zealand from 1840 to 1940 and the music trade – those who supplied the instruments (usually the piano) and music to enable this musical activity to take place.
New Zealand’s horticultural history is another area I enjoy researching and this fits in well with my love of gardening.
Corryvrach is my garden in suburban Wellington. It has been substantially altered over the past five years and I’m always working on new ideas. As well as looking after my own garden I volunteer at a local heritage garden and regularly visit other gardens, both in New Zealand and elsewhere.