Dr Caroline Daley


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Dean of Graduate Studies

Research | Current

Research interests: New Zealand social and cultural history, with a special focus on the history of gender relations; Australasian history; history of leisure; history of the body.

Associate Professor Daley is currently working on a piece to be entitled Beauty Queens and Physique Kings. This will be a book-length study of twentieth-century New Zealand society, viewed through the lens of beauties and bodies.


Teaching | Current

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervision

Doctoral theses:

Lucy Mackintosh, 'Place-making in Auckland: the construction and negotiation of meaning in historic landscapes'

Recent supervision

  • Genevieve de Pont, 'Tourists Like Ourselves': New Zealanders' International Travel Diaries and their Journeys, 1919-1963, PhD thesis, 2014.
  • Jonathan Burgess, 'Illustrious Visitors in New Zealand 1880s-1930s', MA thesis, 2014.
  • Tiopira McDowell, 'Te ana o te raiona: Maori Political Movements and the Maori Seats in Parliament, 1867-2008', PhD thesis, 2013.
  • Peter Hoar, 'Hearing the World: Audio Technologies and Listening in New Zealand, 1879-1939', PhD thesis, 2012.
  • Helen Laurenson, Myths and the City: A Social and Cultural History of Auckland, 1890-1990', PhD thesis, 2010.
  • Clare Slako, 'To Educate and Entertain: Circuit Chautauqua in Early Interwar New Zealand, 1919-1924', MA thesis, 2011.
  • Kate Jordan, 'Golden Weather Gardening: New Zealand Home Sections, 1945-1970', MA thesis, 2010.
  • Marianne Schultz, "From the Haka to Dancing with the Stars: New Zealand Men Dancing, 1905-2005", MLitt thesis, 2009
  • Charlotte Burgess, "Youthful Romance and Sex in Interwar New Zealand", MA thesis, 2008.
  • Toby Powell, "Historical Destiny? Christian Fundamentalism in New Zealand", 1970-2000, MA thesis, 2008.
  • Perrin Rowland, "Entrée: A History of the Restaurant in New Zealand From the 1860s to the 1960s", MA thesis, 2008.
  • Courtney Evans, "'Not Aunt Daisy': Ambivalence in the Representation of Womanhood in Postwar New Zealand", MA thesis, 2005.
  • Timothy Frank, "'About Our Fathers' Business': Manhood and Masculinity in New Zealand", PhD thesis, 2004.
  • Toby Harper, "Keeping the Faith: Religious Belief in 1920s New Zealand", MA thesis, 2006.
  • Nina Herriman, "The Air Down Here: Global and Local Interpretations of New Zealand Popular Music, 1955 - 1977", MA thesis, 2004.
  • Emma Joyce, "The Pursuit of Sun, Sand and Surf: Beach-going in New Zealand, 1910-1970", MA thesis, 2006.
  • Jacob Pollock, "From Colony to Culture: Historiographical Discourse and Historical Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand, 1883-2003", MA thesis, 2005.
  • Helen Alexandra Robinson, "Meat Eating in New Zealand, 1945-2005: A Socio-Cultural History", MA thesis, 2005.
  • Perrin Rowland, "A History of the Restaurant in New Zealand", MA thesis, 2008.
  • Bronwyn Wright, "Exhibiting Pakeha Social History at the Auckland Museum", MA thesis, 2006.



Dean of Graduate Studies

Areas of expertise

New Zealand social history; New Zealand cultural history; the history of the body; gender history; the history of leisure; New Zealand history

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Chair, Board of Graduate Studies

Member, University Budget Committee

Member, Research Committee

Member, Academic Programmes Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Daley, C. (2012). Taking off the Black Singlet. New Zealand Journal of History, 46 (2), 113-128. Related URL.
  • Daley, C. (2009). Modernity, Consumption and Leisure. In Giselle Byrnes (Ed.) The New Oxford History of New Zealand (pp. 423-445). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/15906
  • Martin, S. K., Daley, C., & Dimock, E. (2009). Women and Empire, 1750-1939. London: Routledge.
  • Daley, C. (2005). From bush to beach: nudism in Australasia. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY, 31 (1), 149-167. 10.1016/j.jhg.2004.03.020
  • Daley, C. (2003). Leisure and Pleasure: Reshaping and Revealing the New Zealand Body 1900–1960. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University Press. Pages: 308. Related URL.
  • Daley, C. (2002). The strongman of eugenics, Eugen Sandow. Australian Historical Studies, 33 (120), 233-248. 10.1080/10314610208596217
  • Daley, C. (1999). Girls & Women, Men & Boys: Gender in Taradale 1886-1930. Auckland: Auckland University Press. Pages: 216.
  • Daley, C., & Montgomerie, D. (Eds.) (1999). The gendered Kiwi. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University Press.


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 221C
New Zealand

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