Shore Whaler's Wahine

Instructions to Contributors of Biographical Profiles

I have compiled an information pamphlet for prospective contributors of biographical essays. The objective of this short brochure, which can be accessed in PDF format, is to provide guidance on how contributors should present your material for inclusion in my proposed collection of biographical profiles contributors.

Reading these instructions and filling in the application form are both prerequisites to commencing any biographical essay if it is to be incorporated into my existing collection.

It is important that all profiles are compiled in a reasonably consistent manner. Contributors should also bear in mind that their biographical profiles must be able to withstand scrutiny from other informed persons (historians, other researchers, the subjectís descendants and the general public alike) and it should stand the test of time. In short the finalised version must be an interesting, thorough, objective, accurate and a professional work.

The information pamphlet can be downloaded here:
Information Pamphlet (5,743 KB)

Suggested Information Sources

The types of information sources that contributors might consult when researching and writing their biographical profiles (not ranked or in any specific order) are:

  • National Archives, Wellington.
  • National and Alexander Turnbull Libraries, Wellington.
  • Hocken Library, Dunedin.
  • University Libraries including theses on whaling both in New Zealand and Australia.
  • Iwi Archives.
  • Māori Land Court records.
  • Historic land records held by Land Information New Zealand.
  • Official (Government) publications e.g. The Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives.
  • Selected New Zealand regional libraries and museums.
  • The New Zealand and Australian National Maritime Museums.
  • Te Papa, Wellington (New Zealandís National Museum).
  • Dictionaries of biographies.
  • Local and regional history books.
  • Accounts written by early New Zealanders or visitors to New Zealand.
  • Historical books about various Iwi.
  • Whaling books and articles.
  • Australian ships musters and convict records.
  • Records of Australian and New Zealand shipping arrivals and departures.
  • Newspapers and periodicals.
  • Unpublished diaries and manuscripts.
  • New Zealand and Australian Census and Electoral Rolls.
  • Registrar General: Births Deaths and Marriages.
  • Early missionary and church records.
  • Wills.
  • The National Library of Australia, Canberra.
  • The State Library of New South Wales including the Mitchell Library.
  • The State Library of Tasmania.
  • Genealogical research undertaken by an individual shore whaler's descendant (or descendants).
  • Family records and family histories
  • Other individuals interested in shore whaling generally.
  • The Internet.
  • The International Genealogy Index.
  • Genealogical websites.

  • Please note that this list is not exhaustive.