J.W. Davidson and W.K. Hancock: Patronage, Preferment, Privilege


  • Doug Munro




The article discusses the viewpoints regarding academic lifestyle as seen by J.W. Davidson, and the unpleasantries involved. The relationship between J.W. Davidson and W.K. Hancock and the connections between academic patronage, institution building and personal interaction that are a part and parcel of professional opportunity are highlighted.


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Author Biography

Doug Munro

Doug Munro is adjunct professor of History at Victoria University of Wellington, and while he started off as a Pacific historian he now thinks of himself as a biographer. He conducted fieldwork in Tuvalu in the late 1970s, and has worked extensively in Australia and the Pacific. His publications include Texts and Contexts: Foundations of Pacific Islands Historiography (2006, with Brij V. Lal) and The Accidental Missionary: Tales of Elekana (2002, with Michael Goldsmith). His research areas include the biography of J.W. Davidson (1915-1973), the history of the New Zealand Opera Company (1954-1971) and suicide in New Zealand (1900-1950).