Dr Brad Patterson

Supervisor, Doctoral Thesis
Stout Research Centre

Dr Brad Patterson was the 2010 William Ferguson Massey Fellow, based at Massey

University Wellington. He has had a long association with the Stout Research Centre as a resident, a staff member, and as founding Director of the Irish-Scottish Studies Programme. Brad has taught widely in New Zealand tertiary education, punctuated by spells in the public service.

Brad’s current research is largely focused on the Irish and Scottish diasporas in New Zealand and Australia. During the term of his Fellowship he worked on planned Ulster migration to New Zealand, with particular reference to three North Island settlements. Alongside, he is developing a study of migration to New Zealand from Ireland’s south-west counties. As part of a team, he is bringing to completion a major Marsden financed study of New Zealand’s Scottish migrants. Recent major edited publications include The Irish in New Zealand: Historical Contexts & Perspectives (2002), Ulster-New Zealand Migration and Cultural Transfers (2006) and Ireland and the Irish Antipodes: One World or Worlds Apart? (2010). A collection on New Zealand’s Scots migrants Scots Abroad: The New Zealand Scots in International Perspective is in press. A member of the advisory boards of a number of international journals (including Irish Studies Review, Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies and Australasian Journal of Irish Studies), Brad is vice-president of the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Administrative responsibilities

Postgraduate supervisions

Editorial team, Journal of New Zealand Studies

Current research projects

  • The Founding of Wellington, 1840-1855: A Study in the Dynamics of Settler Capitalism
  • (with Kathryn Patterson) Forgotten Migrants? : Irish Soldiers Discharged from the Imperial Military Forces in Colonial New Zealand

Selected publications

(with Richard S Hill and Kathryn Patterson, eds) After the Treaty: The Settler State, Race Relations and the Exercise of Power in Colonial New Zealand, Wellington: Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2016, 356pp.

‘”Unquestionably one of the most efficient branches of the Civil Service”: Theophilus Heale and the Inspectorate of Surveys, 1867-1876’, in Brad Patterson, Richard S Hill and Kathryn Patterson (eds) After the Treaty: The Settler State, Race Relations and the Exercise of Power in Colonial New Zealand, Wellington: Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2016, pp 228-62

‘We stand for the Protestant religion, the (Protestant) King and the Empire’: The Rise of the Protestant Political Association in World War One’, in Steven Loveridge (ed.) New Zealand Society at War 1914-1918, Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016, pp 235-51.

'"We love one country, one Queen, and one flag": Loyalism in Early Colonial New Zealand, 1840- 1880', in Allan Blackstock and Frank O'Gorman (eds) Loyalism and the Formation of the British World 1775-1914, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2014, pp 241-62 .

(with Tom Brooking and Jim McAloon) Unpacking the Kists: The Scots in New Zealand, Montreal/Dunedin: McGill-Queen's University Press/Otago University Press, 2013, 412pp.

'"It is curious how keenly allied in character are the Scotch Highlander and theMaori":  Encounters in a New Zealand Colonial Settlement', in David A Wilson and Graeme Morton (eds) Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013, 144-69.

(with Rosalind McClean and David Swain, eds) Counting Stories, Moving Ethnicities: Studies from Aotearoa New Zealand, Hamilton: University of Waikato, 2012, 254pp.

‘Cousin  Jacks, New Chums and Ten Pound Poms: Locating New Zealand's English Diaspora' , in Tanja Bueltmann, David T Gleeson and Donald M MacRaild (eds) Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010,  Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012, pp 150-68.

(with Richard S Hill, eds) S Percy Smith: The Reminiscences of a Pioneer Surveyor, Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit Historical Document Series 5, Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington, 2011, 233pp.

''Every man his own landlord": Mr Massey and the Fight for the Freehold, 1894-1912', in James Watson and Lachy Paterson (eds) A Great New Zealand Prime Minister? Reappraising William Ferguson Massey, Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2011, p49-60.

‘Maintaining a Gaelic tradition? Turakina’s Highland Games’, Immigrants & Minorities, 30/1, March 2012, pp 98-117.

(with John MacKenzie, eds) Scots Abroad: The New Zealand Scots in International Perspective published as 3 special issues of Immigrants and Minorities, 29/30, 2011-12, 314pp.

(with John M MacKenzie) ‘The New Zealand Scots in International Perspective’,  Immigrants & Minorities, 29/2, July 2011, pp 147-153.

(ed) Nations, Diasporas, Identities (special issue of Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, 4/1, Summer 2010, 224pp.

(ed) Ireland and the Irish Antipodes: One World or Worlds Apart?, Sydney: Anchor Press, 2010, 306pp.

'"A class equal to any for making prosperous colonists...": Ulster Protestant migrants in  the Antipodes', in Pamela O'Neill (ed) Celts in Legend and Reality, Series in Celtic Studies 9, Sydney: University of Sydney, 2010, pp 415-43.

‘“Be you an Orangeman, you shall meet Orangemen”: New Zealand’s Ulster plantation revisited’, in Lawrence Geary and Andrew McCarthy (eds) Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2008, pp46-58.

'" It is curious how keenly allied in character are the Scotch Highlander and the Maori": Encounters in a New Zealand Colonial Settlement', Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, 4(1), Autumn  2010, pp163-184.

(ed) Ulster-New Zealand Migration and Cultural Transfers, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005, 286pp.

'‘New Zealand’s “Ulster Plantation”: Katikati revisited’, in Brad Patterson (ed) Ulster-New Zealand Migration and Cultural Transfers, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006, pp 85-102.

‘“The small farmer class must be encouraged”: Ulster Influences and the New Zealand Land Reform Movement to 1914’, in Brad Patterson (ed),  From Ulster to New Ulster, Coleraine: Institute of Ulster Scots Studies, University of Ulster, 2004, pp 51-74.

(ed) From Ulster to New Ulster: The 2003 Ulster-New Zealand Lectures, Coleraine: Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies, University of Ulster, 2004, x + 90pp.

‘Celtic roots amidst the fern: Irish-Scottish Studies in New Zealand’, Journal of New Zealand Studies, ns 2 & 3, October 2003-October 2004,  pp 197-218.

(ed) The Irish in New Zealand: Historical Contexts & Perspectives, Wellington: Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, 2002, xiv + 212pp.

‘“That glorious stinking stuff…”: Whale fishing and the economic development of early Wellington’, Journal of New Zealand Studies, ns 1, October 2002, pp 19-40.

(ed) ARANZ: The First Quarter Century, 1976-2001, Wellington: Archives and Records Association of New Zealand, 2001, v + 108pp.

‘“The white man’s right”: Alienation of Maori lands in the southern North Island districts, 1840-1876’ in Jack McConchie et al (eds) Dynamic Wellington: A Contemporary Synthesis and Explanation of Wellington, Wellington: Institute of Geography, 2000, pp 155-178.

‘A “half Australian, half American” sort of town: The economic foundations of nineteenth-century Wellington’, in Jack McConchie et al (eds), Dynamic Wellington: A Contemporary Synthesis and Explanation of Wellington, Wellington: Institute of Geography, 2000, pp 179-200.

(ed) Sport Society and Culture in New Zealand, Wellington/Palmerston North: Stout Research Centre, VUW/Dunmore Press, 1999, 183pp.

(with K M Patterson)  New Zealand Revised, World Bibliographical Series, Volume 18 ABC-Clio Press: Oxford, England; Santa Barbara, California; Denver, Colorado, 1998, lxxvi + 340pp.

General Information

  • Research Associate, Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Otago, 2013-
  • William Ferguson Massey Fellow, Massey University, 2010
  • Hon Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Ulster Scots Studies, University of Ulster, 2003-2011
  • Vice-President, Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2005-
  • Series Historical Consultant, Brave New World – New Zealand, BBC Two Northern Ireland, 2014
  • Co-Principal Investigator, ‘Scots in New Zealand’ Marsden Project, 2005-2009
  • (with Kathryn Patterson) John Harris Award, Library and Information Association of New Zealand-Aotearoa, 2000 [for distinguished contribution to New Zealand bibliography]
  • Hon Life Member, Archives & Records Association of New Zealand, 1980
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Boards, Irish Studies Review, Journal of Irish & Scottish Studies, Australasian Journal of Irish Studies