Doctor Helen Bones

Doctor Helen Bones

Adjunct Fellow,
Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts


I graduated with a BA (Hons) from the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) in 2005 majoring in History and English. In 2011 I completed a PhD on New Zealand literary history and colonial writing networks at the University of Canterbury. While writing my thesis, I spent a year at Christ Church, Oxford as the inaugural recipient of the Edward Gibbon Wakefield Doctoral Scholarship.

Until February 2019 I worked with Dr Jason Ensor and the Digital Humanities Research Group/University Library on the ARCHivER project (Angus & Robertson Collection for Humanities and Education Research), which was funded by the Australian National Data Service. For this, we curated a digital archive of manuscript material relating to iconic Australian publisher Angus & Robertson, which is housed at the State Library of New South Wales. We aimed to open up this high value paper-based collection using digital techniques, including structured metadata and linked data tags based on a controlled vocabulary.

The resultant 'Linked Archives' tool can be accessed here:, and my paper discussing the project, methodology and applications was published in 2019 by History Compass:

 Recent publications include:

""A book is a book, all the world over": New Zealand and the Colonial Writing World 1890-1945", Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 45:5 (2015), pp..861-881.

"New Zealand and the Tasman Writing World", History Australia, 10:3 (2013), pp. 129-148.

2017. "Falling between the cracks: Dora Wilcox and the neglected Tasman literary world", Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, no. 2, np,

My book, The Expatriate Myth: New Zealand writers and the colonial world, was published in March 2018 with Otago University Press.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Bones.


  • PhD University of Canterbury (NZ)
  • BA University of Canterbury (NZ)
  • BA(Eng&Hist) University of Canterbury (NZ)

Professional Memberships

  • BSANZ (2016 - 2020)
  • Professional Historians Association (NSW) (2020 - 2020)


  • Australian literature
  • Colonial Histories
  • Digital Humanities
  • History - Australian-Pre-colonial and Post-colonial
  • New Zealand literary history
  • Transnational History

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts



Location: EN.LG.01

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100958 Australia and the World, 2014
  • 100958 Australia and the World, 2015
  • 100958 Australia and the World, 2016
  • 101910 Global History, 2013
  • 102412 Global Digital Futures, 2018
  • 102516 Australian History Around Us, 2019



  • Bones, H. (2018), 'The Expatriate Myth: New Zealand Writers and the Colonial World', : Otago University Press 9781988531175.

Journal Articles

  • Bones, H., Ford, S., Hendery, R., Richards, K. and Swist, T. (2020), '[In Press] In the frame : the language of AI', Philosophy & Technology, .
  • Bones, H. (2019), 'Linked digital archives and the historical publishing world : an Australasian perspective', History Compass, vol 17, no 3 .
  • Bones, H. (2017), 'Falling between the cracks : Dora Wilcox and the neglected Tasman writing world', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol 2017, no 2 .
  • Bones, H. (2016), 'Travel writers and traveling writers in Australasia : responses to travel literatures and the problem of authenticity', Journeys, vol 17, no 2 , pp 74 - 94.
  • Bones, H. (2016), 'A journey to Australia : travel, media, and the politics of representation', Journeys, vol 17, no 2 , pp 1 - 4.
  • Bones, H. (2015), ''A book is a book, all the world over' : New Zealand and the colonial writing world 1890-1945', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol 43, no 5 , pp 861 - 881.
  • Bones, H. (2013), 'New Zealand and the Tasman writing world, 1890-1945', History Australia, vol 10, no 3 , pp 129 - 148.

Previous Projects

Title: Digital Humanities in the Indian Rim
  • Ministry Of Human Resource Development, India
Western Researchers: Rachel Hendery, Hart Cohen and Helen Bones
Years: 2019-03-15 - 2021-03-15
ID: P00025596
Title: Trans-Tasman educational publishing networks and Australian literary nation-building
  • Australian Academy of the Humanities
Western Researchers: Helen Bones
Years: 2017-06-01 - 2018-05-03
ID: P00024009

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