Story: History and historians

Centennial histories

Centennial histories

This image shows the 20-part centennial magazine, Making New Zealand, and the 11 centennial history books that were published by the Centennial Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs between 1939 and 1941. The Making New Zealand series was described as 'pictorial surveys of a century', and the illustrations, organised by John Pascoe, added significantly to their appeal. Thirteen books had been planned, but Apirana Ngata's contribution on Māori was never completed, while Bill Sutch's volume on social services was considered unsuitable for the series but was published by Modern Books in 1941 as Poverty and progress in New Zealand.

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Jock Phillips, 'History and historians - Rise of academic history – 1940 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014