Publications (2011 to present; select list only)

Refereed journal articles

BRAUND, J.  ‘Thomas Cheeseman: the quiet captain of early New Zealand science’. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 47(1), 67-72, 2017 [DOI: 10.1080/03036758.2016.1207678]. Abstract: Thomas Cheeseman (1845–1923) was one of New Zealand’s most important botanists and museum administrators in the country’s late colonial period (c. 1875–1914). He had a lengthier career as a working scientist than almost all his peers; served longer than any other of the great New Zealand museum directors of this era; and also built up extensive lines of communication with colleagues both locally and overseas. In contrast, however, to New Zealand’s other great scientific leaders of the day, Cheeseman has not enjoyed the same level of posthumous attention and is yet to be the subject of an extended critical study. This short communication takes a step towards remedying this deficiency by reviewing Cheeseman’s more notable achievements and offering explanations for his remarkable professional longevity.

BRAUND, J. ‘Leonard Cockayne’s surveys of New Zealand’s offshore islands, 1901-1908’. New Zealand Geographer, 72(3), 169-178, 2016 [DOI: 10.1111/nzg.12133]. Abstract: This article examines a series of extended botanical surveys conducted by the botanist Leonard Cockayne on several of New Zealand’s main offshore islands between 1901 and 1908 and considers their implications for the country’s ecological and conservation history. Three dominant features arising from the surveys are discussed: (i) Cockayne’s examination of the ecology of the islands visited and his identification of biogeographical connections between island, mainland and more distant ecosystems; (ii) his conspicuous reference to German-language specialist literature; and (iii) his criticism of environmental damage on these offshore islands and his recommendations for their future conservation.

BRAUND, J. ‘Hochstetter, the Moa, and the Early Reception of Darwin in Vienna’. In: Hermann Mückler et al., New Zealand and the EU: Austrian Visitors to Oceania: Their Activities and Legacies (= Europe-New Zealand Research Series, vol. 8, no. 1) (Auckland, Europe Institute, University of Auckland), 33-81, 2014.

BRAUND, J. ‘Enlightenment Austria in the South Seas: The Pacific Voyages of Thaddäus Haenke (1761-1816)’. In: James Braund et al., New Zealand and the EU: Austria in the South Pacific (= Europe-New Zealand Research Series, vol. 6, no. 3) (Auckland, Europe Institute, University of Auckland), 1-22, 2011.


Books edited

BRAUND, J. (ed.). Ferdinand Hochstetter and the Contribution of German-Speaking Scientists to New Zealand Natural History in the Nineteenth Century. Frankfurt a.M., Peter Lang, x + 314 pp, 2012. Book synopsis: Visiting scientists from German-speaking Europe made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge about New Zealand in the period prior to 1900. Probably the most important individual among them was the geologist Ferdinand Hochstetter (1829-1884), who came to New Zealand in December 1858 with the Austrian Novara expedition (1857-1859) and spent nine months conducting pioneering geological fieldwork in various parts of the country. This volume brings together a series of essays, written by experts from five different countries, which examine various aspects of the German-speaking scientific connection with New Zealand, with a particular emphasis on Hochstetter and the visit of the Novara to New Zealand.


Conference presentations (2011 to present; select list only)

‘The German Connections of Kenneth Cumberland’. (Creative Conversations, Constructive Connections: New Zealand Geographical Society / Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, July 2018).

‘Enjoying Nature in Late Colonial Auckland: The Auckland Naturalists’ Field Club’. (Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Where Histories Meet: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, November–December 2017).

‘Neutrality, Dissent, or just Embarrassed Silence? New Zealand Science and World War I’. (Dissent and the First World War: Stout Research Centre / Labour History Project Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, August–September 2017).

‘A Romantic Traveller and his Romantic Contexts: Ferdinand von Hochstetter in New Zealand’. (Transporting Romanticism: Romantic Studies Association of Australasia Biennial Conference, Massey University [Wellington], February 2017).

‘German Travelling Naturalists of the Early Modern Period: Trials, Tribulations and Achievements’. (Mobility and Exchange: 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, February 2017).

‘The Botanical Correspondence of Thomas Cheeseman’. (The New Zealand Polymath: Colenso and his Contemporaries: Alexander Turnbull Library / Stout Research Centre / Colenso Society Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, November 2016).

‘The Geologist and the Ravaged Kauri Forest: Ferdinand von Hochstetter as an Environmental Commentator’. (New Zealand Historical Association Biennial Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, November 2013).

‘Breadfruit, Bligh and the Bounty: The Perspective of George Forster’. (Generations: Histories with a Future: Pacific History Association Twentieth Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, December 2012).

‘Hochstetter and the Missionaries: Religion Helping Science in Early Colonial New Zealand’. (Past Tensions: Reflections on Making History: New Zealand Historical Association Conference, University of Waikato, Hamilton, November 2011).

‘Quoting Virgil in Southern Seas: Classical Quotations in the Shipboard Journal of Johann Reinhold Forster’. (Australasian Society for Classical Studies 32nd Annual Conference, University of Auckland, Auckland, January 2011).


For a more complete list of my publications and conference presentations, see my ORCID profile here.