Rollo Arnold - New Zealand historian

The reason for this site

Rollo Arnold's research was published in so many different places that it can be hard for those interested in his work to locate it. Academic historians may miss the many articles he wrote for the non-academic community, and genealogists are likely to miss the many articles published in academic journals. He also gave many talks that were not published at all.

This site was created so that  his research was as widely available as possible. Where copyright permits, a downloadable copy of the paper is provided. If this is not possible, then you should find enough details to know where to find it. Within New Zealand it should be possible to interloan anything on this site through the library system.

The origins of this site

This site has been created by his children in response to the many requests we get every year for information from our father's research.If you would like further information you can contact us through mgalt[at]

Academic historians should note that Rollo Arnold's papers were all deposited at Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. The library webpage is

A short biography

Rollo Arnold was born in 1926 in Nelson. His family were sheep-farmers near Korere.

He was educated in a one teacher school followed by the Correspondence School before going to Christchurch Teachers College and the University of Canterbury.

His love of history led  to an MA at the University of Melbourne, after which he became a teacher, and later a lecturer at Teachers College in Palmerston North.

In 1966 he joined the staff in the Education Department at Victoria University of Wellington and subsequently researched many aspects of New Zealand's educational and social history.

Rollo continued his research after his retirement, and died in 1998 shortly after completing his last bo