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Professor Philippa Mein Smith

Philippa Mein Smith

Professor of History
Head of Discipline for History and Classics

Room 357, Humanities, Sandy Bay Campus

03 6226 7585 (phone)

Philippa.MeinSmith@utas.edu.au

Professor Philippa Mein Smith is Professor of History and Head of the History and Classics Program at the University of Tasmania. She joined UTAS in the School of Humanities in March 2013.

Previously she was Professor of History and Associate Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Canterbury.

Philippa is interested in Australian and New Zealand history, the Australian-New Zealand relationship, transnational history, and health history.  Her achievements include A Concise History of New Zealand (Cambridge University Press, 2005, 2012) and A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific (Blackwell, 2000) with Donald Denoon.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDReformers, Mothers and BabiesAustralian National UniversityAustralia1990
MAThe State and Maternity in New ZealandUniversity of CanterburyNew Zealand1983
BCom University of CanterburyNew Zealand1977

Biography

Before joining UTAS, Philippa was Professor of History and Associate Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Canterbury, where she worked for 21 years. Her first academic appointment (1989-1991) was as a lecturer in economic history at Flinders University.

At Canterbury she established the New Zealand Australia Research Centre with Peter Hempenstall (now at the University of Newcastle), which was an output of a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden grant from 2003 to 2006 on connections between Australia and New Zealand since the 1880s. A further output was the book, Philippa Mein Smith, Peter Hempenstall and Shaun Goldfinch, Remaking the Tasman World (Canterbury University Press, 2008).

In 1998, Philippa took a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Centre at Bellagio in Italy, where she worked with Professor Donald Denoon from ANU to write A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific for the Blackwell History of the World series. This book reoriented her interests from health history to the history of the region.

Earlier in her career Philippa worked briefly as an accountant, a public servant, and a public historian, experiences which informed her approach to research in diverse ways.

Research Themes

Philippa's research aligns to the University's research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society, and Better Health. Her research interests include understanding the Australia-New Zealand relationship, which is Australia's closest relationship, and women's and children's health and public health reform movements. Her research into historical connections between Australia and New Zealand has led to work on mapping Australasia, New Zealand and Australian Federation, compulsory arbitration as a case study of policy transfer, trans-Tasman trade, cultural links, Australia as New Zealand's western frontier, the influence of New Zealand on Australia, and the 'NZ' in Anzac. She is also researching the battle over universal health care in New Zealand and the transnational influences of Dr Truby King on infant welfare, including in Tasmania.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Historical Association
  • New Zealand Historical Association

Administrative expertise

  • Head (University of Tasmania) and Associate Head (University of Canterbury) of School of Humanities, Head of History and Classics Program (University of Tasmania)
  • Chair College of Arts Research Committee (equivalent to Associate Dean Research) and member University Research Committee
  • Arts representative on University Academic Promotions Committee
  • Co-PI on Marsden grant from the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand ($345,000, 2003-6)
  • Graduate Research Coordinator/Postgraduate Coordinator
  • History Honours Coordinator

Teaching

Australian history, New Zealand history, British Empire, transnational history, Australian-New Zealand relations, health history, gender history

Teaching expertise

  • History Honours Coordinator responsible for design and teaching of compulsory course work in the History Honours degree
  • Unit design, especially online

Teaching responsibility

She is unit coordinator for:

She also teaches:

Research Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Ngai Tahu Research Centre and Department of History, University of Canterbury (2014-)
  • Panel member, Review of History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington (2011)
  • Honorary Research Associate, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington (2010-)

Research Invitations

  • Referee for the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 2014
  • Judge of Ernest Scott Prize for the best book in the history of Australia or New Zealand or the history of colonisation, 2013
  • Invited participant and panellist at the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum, Auckland, April 2011

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Expertise

  • Australian-New Zealand relations
  • Anzac
  • New Zealand history
  • Australian history
  • Maternal and child health and welfare

Awards

  • Rockefeller Foundation Scholarly Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy, 1998 (with Prof Donald Denoon, ANU)
  • H.J. Dyos prize in Urban History (with Assoc Prof Lionel Frost), awarded by international journal Urban History (1994)

Collaboration

Philippa has been involved in five collaborative projects involving partnerships in Australia and New Zealand. The first, with Assoc Prof Lionel Frost of Monash University, concerned infant mortality, suburbia and home ownership in Australian cities, and led to the award of the H. J. Dyos prize for the best article in urban history. The second collaboration with Prof Donald Denoon and Dr Marivic Wyndham at the Australian National University was to write A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific for the Blackwell History of the World series. The third related to the Marsden funded project 'Anzac Neighbours: 100 years of multiple ties between New Zealand and Australia' with Prof Peter Hempenstall (now at University of Newcastle) and Prof. Shaun Goldfinch (USP). This project led to the co-authored book

Remaking the Tasman World(Canterbury University Press, 2008) and the establishment of the New Zealand Australia Research Centre (NZARC) at the University of Canterbury. Fourth, Philippa led with Prof Peter Beilharz of La Trobe University a series of collaborative workshops in Christchurch and Melbourne involving postgraduates and researchers at the University of Canterbury and the Thesis Eleven Centre at La Trobe University, on the subject of the Antipodes. The fifth area of collaboration entailed collaborations as Director of NZARC.

Current projects

Current projects include papers on the following:

  • Australia as New Zealand's western frontier (book chapter, in press)
  • New Zealand's influence on Australia
  • The 'NZ' in Anzac
  • Cartography in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in the nineteenth century
  • The New Zealand first Labour government's health scheme 
  • Dr Truby King's women, including in Tasmania

Research Fields

  • New Zealand History (210311)
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Historical Studies (210399)
  • Studies in Human Society (169999)

Research Impact

  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Understanding New Zealand's Past (950505)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)

Publications

Philippa's publishing history is reflected in her books:

  1. Mein Smith, P. (2012) A Concise History of New Zealand, Second Edition. Cambridge Concise Histories Series. Cambridge & Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. xix, 348 pp.
  2. Mein Smith, P., P. Hempenstall and S. Goldfinch. (2008) Remaking the Tasman World. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. 296 pp.
  3. Mein Smith, P. (2005) A Concise History of New Zealand. Cambridge Concise Histories Series. Cambridge & Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. xvi, 302 pp.
  4. Denoon, D. and P. Mein Smith, with M. Wyndham. (2000) A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Blackwell History of the World Series. Oxford & Mass: Blackwell Publishers. 541 pp.
  5. Mein Smith,P. (1997) Mothers and King Baby: Infant Survival and Welfare in an Imperial World: Australia 1880-1950. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Macmillan. xix, 330 pp.
  6. Mein Smith, P. (1986) Maternity in Dispute: New Zealand 1920-1939. Wellington: Government Printer/Historical Branch. xvii, 180 pp.

The most important are Maternity in Dispute and Mothers and King Baby, about mothers and babies in New Zealand and Australia; the co-authored A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific; and the Cambridge Concise History of New Zealand. The latter two show the breadth of her work.

Total publications

39

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
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2013Mein Smith PL, Hicks S, Storey B, 'Against All Odds: The Birth of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1955-1958', Polar Record, 49, (1) pp. 50-61. ISSN 0032-2474 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247411000660 [eCite] [Details]

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2011Mein Smith PL, 'Updating 'A Concise History of New Zealand'', Journal of New Zealand Studies in Japan, 18, (12) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1881-5197 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2009Mein Smith PL, 'Mapping Australasia', History Compass, 7, (4) pp. 1099-1122. ISSN 1478-0542 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2008Mein Smith PL, 'Introduction: special issue on New Zealand', Thesis Eleven: Rethinking Social and Political Theory, 92 pp. 5-10. ISSN 0725-5136 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0725513607085039 [eCite] [Details]

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Book

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2012Mein Smith PL, 'A Concise History of New Zealand', Cambridge University Press, Australia, pp. 348. ISBN 9781107402171 (2012) [Authored Research Book]

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2008Mein Smith PL, Hempenstall P, Goldfinch S, 'Remaking the Tasman World', Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, pp. 296. ISBN 9781877257629 (2008) [Authored Research Book]

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2000Mein Smith PL, Denoon D, Wyndham M, 'A History of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Blackwell History of the World Series', Blackwell Publishers, Oxford and Mass., pp. 541. ISBN 0631179623 (2000) [Authored Research Book]

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1997Mein Smith PL, 'Mothers and King Baby: Infant Survival and Welfare in an Imperial World: Australia 1880-1950', Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 330. ISBN 0333678273 (1997) [Authored Research Book]

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1986Mein Smith PL, 'Maternity in Dispute: New Zealand 1920-1939', Government Printer/Historical Branch, Wellington, pp. 180. ISBN 0477013228 (1986) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2015Baird R, Mein Smith PL, 'Australia as New Zealand's western frontier, 1965-95', New Zealand's Empire, Manchester University Press, Pickles, K and Coleborne, C (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 213-228. ISBN 978-0-7190-9153-7 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Mein Smith PL, 'The Evolution of the Australia-New Zealand Relationship', Reconstituting the Constitution, Springer, C. Morris, J. Boston and P. Butler (ed), Heidelberg, pp. 375-386. ISBN 978-3-642-21572-8 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Mein Smith PL, 'The Tasman World', The New Oxford History of New Zealand, Oxford University Press, Giselle Byrnes (ed), Australia ISBN 9780195584714 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Mein Smith PL, 'Retracing Australasia: The History of a British Idea', Body and Mind: Historical Essays in Honour of F. B. Smith, Melbourne University Press, Graeme Davison, Patricia Jalland and Wilf Prest (ed), Melbourne, pp. 153-172. ISBN 9780522857177 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(13 outputs)
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2014Mein Smith PL, 'The Making of New Zealanders', Journal of New Zealand Studies, 13 pp. 160-161. (2014) [Review Single Work]

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2014Mein Smith PL, 'The Rise and Fall of National Women's Hospital: A History. By Linda Bryder', Australian Historical Studies, 45, (3) pp. 471-472. ISSN 1031-461X (2014) [Review Single Work]

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2014Mein Smith PL, 'Reform: A Memoir. By Geoffrey Palmer', New Zealand Journal of History, 48, (2) pp. 168-170. ISSN 0028-8322 (2014) [Review Single Work]

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2013Mein Smith PL, 'Gerald Chaudron, New Zealand in the League of Nations: The Beginnings of an Independent Foreign Policy, 1919-1939', Australian Historical Studies, 44, (1) pp. 155-156. (2013) [Review Single Work]

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2013Mein Smith PL, 'Erik Olssen, Clyde Griffen and Frank Jones, An Accidental Utopia? Social Mobility and the Foundations of an Egalitarian Society', Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies, 1, (1) pp. 79-81. (2013) [Review Single Work]

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2012Mein Smith PL, 'Raymond Richards, Palmer: The Parliamentary Years', NZ Journal of History, 46, (2) pp. 201-202. (2012) [Review Single Work]

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2012Mein Smith PL, 'John Connor, ANZAC and Empire: George Foster Pearce and the Foundations of Australian Defence', Australian Historical Studies, 43, (2) pp. 329-330. (2012) [Review Single Work]

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2011Mein Smith PL, 'James Watson, W. F. Massey: New Zealand (Makers of the Modern World Series), London: Haus Publishing', H-Diplo: Diplomatic and International History Discussion Network (2011) [Review Single Work]

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2011Mein Smith PL, 'Carl Bridge, William Hughes: Australia (Makers of the Modern World Series), London: Haus Publishing, 2011', H-Diplo: Diplomatic and International History Discussion Network (2011) [Review Single Work]

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2011Mein Smith PL, 'Nicholas Stuart, Rudd's Way: November 2007-June 2010', New Zealand International Review, 36, (1) pp. 31. (2011) [Review Single Work]

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2009Mein Smith PL, 'Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds, Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the Question of Racial Equality', Australian Historical Studies, 40, (3) pp. 378-379. (2009) [Review Single Work]

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2008Mein Smith PL, 'J. G. A. Pocock, The Discovery of Islands: Essays in British History', NZ Journal of History, 42, (2) pp. 216-217. (2008) [Review Single Work]

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2008Mein Smith PL, 'Ian Pool, Arunachalam Dharmalingam and Janet Sceats, The New Zealand Family from 1840: A Demographic History', Australian Historical Studies, 39, (2) pp. 270-271. (2008) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(11 outputs)
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2014Mein Smith PL, 'Friends, Family and Neighbours: New Zealand Influences on Australia', Friends, Foes And Other Intimacies' International Australian Studies Association Biennial Conference, 3-5 December, University of Tasmania (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Mein Smith PL, 'Reflections on Writing A Concise History of New Zealand', New Zealand Historical Association Conference, 16-18 November, Hamilton (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Mein Smith PL, 'Keynote Address: Updating A Concise History of New Zealand', New Zealand Studies Society-Japan. 5th Japan-New Zealand International Symposium, 27 August, Wellington (2011) [Keynote Presentation]

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2011Mein Smith PL, 'Why was John McEwen a friend to New Zealand? Trans-Tasman and European integration in the 1960s', Regional Integration and Identity in the Pacific: A Colloquium, 19th Decemeber, Christchurch (2011) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2010Mein Smith PL, 'The Evolution of the Australia-New Zealand Relationship, Reconstituting the Constitution Conference', Reconstituting the Constitution Conference, 2-3 September, Parliament, Wellington (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2010Mein Smith PL, '75th Anniversary of NZIIA: The Importance of New Zealand's Relationship with Australia', Proceedings of the NZIIA 75th Anniversary Series of Addresses and Lectures, Wellington, pp. 153-172. (2010) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2009Mein Smith PL, 'Remaking the Trans- Tasman World', NZIIA seminar on Remaking the Trans-Tasman World, 13 October, Wellington (2009) [Keynote Presentation]

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2009Mein Smith PL, 'Where is the Genre of Comparative History Useful and Where Is It Problematic?', Workshop on Comparative History, 28 August, Dunedin (2009) [Keynote Presentation]

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2009Mein Smith PL, 'Trans-Tasman Migration and the Flow of People and Ideas', Immigration Research Group Roundtable: Migration and Settler Societies, 15 August, Wellington (2009) [Keynote Presentation]

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2009Mein Smith PL, 'Keynote address: Retracing Australasia', Canterbury Historical Association, 17 March, Christchurch (2009) [Keynote Presentation]

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2008Lynch B, Mein Smith PL, 'Where to from Here in the NZ Australia Relationship', New Zealand Australia Research Centre: seminar, 10 October, Christchurch (2008) [Keynote Presentation]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Mein Smith PL, 'Trans-Tasman Migration', Royal Society of New Zealand, 1, pp. 4-4. (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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2014Mein Smith PL, 'Cheering Prince George but planning to do away with the Queen?', CNN, Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc, online (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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Grants & Funding

  • University of Canterbury summer scholarship, NZ$5,000 (2012-13)
  • Australian Prime Ministers' Centre Fellowship, $7,000 (2009)
  • NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) Historical Research Grant, $4,000 (2006-07)
  • MFAT grant of NZ$25,000 for 'Anzac Neighbours' project (2005)
  • Co-PI on Marsden grant, Royal Society of New Zealand: 'Anzac Neighbours: 100 years of multiple ties between NZ and Australia', NZ$345,000 (with Peter Hempenstall and Shaun Goldfinch) (2003-06)
  • University of Canterbury research grant, NZ$15,000 (2002) 
  • Flinders University research grant, $8,000 (1990)

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$345,000

Projects

Anzac Neighbours: 100 years of multiple ties between NZ and Australia (2003 - 2005)$345,000
Funding
Royal Society of New Zealand ($345,000)
Scheme
Grant - Marsden Fund
Administered By
University of Canterbury
Research Team
Mein-Smith P; Hempenstall P; Goldfinch S
Period
2003 - 2005

Research Supervision

Philippa has supervised 27 postgraduate theses to completion. She has supervised a wide range of topics, from gardening in Christchurch to nuclear New Zealand, the cultural influence of America, Anzac peacekeeping, and the migration of Tasmanians to New Zealand. Several projects supervised were inter-disciplinary. Two recent examples of successful completions of this nature are:

  • Steve Hicks, The 1957 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (supervised with Prof Bryan Storey, Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury)
  • Germana Nicklin, The Trans-Tasman Border as a Bridge to the Single Economic Market? (supervised with Assoc Prof Chris Eichbaum, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington)

Recently completed at UTAS:

  • Jean (Jai ) Paterson, Among Friends: The Movement of Tasmanians to New Zealand 1855-1875

Philippa welcomes HDR inquiries in any area of Australian and/or New Zealand history.

Current

1

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDSuicide and Tasmanian Society 1868-19402015

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDLearning to be the Mistress: Convict transportation, domestic service and family structure in 19th century Australia and America
Candidate: Alice Meredith Hodgson
2015
PhDAmong Friends: Middle-class Tasmanians who moved to New Zealand, 1855-1875
Candidate: Jean Paterson
2015