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A Life of J. C. Beaglehole: New Zealand Scholar

1. A Select List of Publications by J.C. Beaglehole

1. A Select List of Publications by J.C. Beaglehole.

A bibliography of J.C. Beaglehole's publications, John Cawte Beaglehole: A Bibliography (with 297 entries), was prepared and published by the Alexander Turnbull Library in 1972. Kathleen Coleridge, while librarian in charge of the J.C. Beaglehole Room in the Victoria University of Wellington Library, added to and corrected the bibliography, and a copy of her revised version is held in the J.C. Beaglehole Room, together with further additions I have found in the research for this biography. The J.C. Beaglehole Room also holds copies of everything listed in the bibliography.


Editorial in Spike, no.41 (June 1922), pp.[9]–12. Russian relief and the university as centre of social reform and progress.


Editorial in Spike, no.43 (June 1923), pp.7–10. The role of the university in the community.

Editorial in Spike, no.44 (September 1923), pp.[1]–7. The essence of the university.


'Ode on the Unveiling of the Memorial Window, Good Friday, April 18th, 1924: Mortalitate relicta vivunt immortalitate induti', Poem in Spike, Silver Jubilee Number (Easter 1924), pp.5–8

'The Truth about Tramping', Article (signed Viator), Spike, no.45 (June 1924), pp.25–9.

'The "Truth" about Tramping: An Editorial Statement', Spike, no.46 (September 1924), pp.10–11.

'A Note on Joseph Conrad', Spike, no.46 (September 1924), pp.19–22. Editorial in Spike, no.46 (September 1924), pp.[1]–6. On university reform.


'On Piracy as a Profession for Young Gentlemen', Note (signed Junius Brutus), Spike, no.47 (June 1925), pp.13–16.

'The Cinderella of the Syllabus: Some Observations on a History Report', Review of The Teaching of History in Primary and Secondary Schools (Special Reports on Educational Subjects no.14). National Education (June 1925), pp.165–7.

'Devolution or Revolution', Consideration of Report of Royal Commission on University Education in New Zealand (Wellington, 1925). Spike, no.48 (September 1925), pp.22–6.

'The Discussions Club', Spike no.48 (September 1925), pp.55–8. Includes letter from JCB to the Chairman, Royal Commission on University Education, 'for the Victoria University College Free Discussions Club'.

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'The Butcher Shop', Anonymous article reviewing The Butcher Shop by Jean Devanny, and the decision of the New Zealand Board of Censors to ban it. Spike, no.49 (June 1926), pp.38–41.

'Going Home', New Zealand Times, 14 December 1926, p.27.


'Bristol Impressions', Spike, no.51 (June 1927), pp.6–8.

'War Disabilities: Plea for Tolerance: A Night in Neustadt', Letter to the editor, Evening Post, 21 December 1927, p.17. Reprinted in the New Zealand Worker, 4 January 1928, p.8; and in Spike, no.53 (June 1928), pp.17–21.


Captain Hobson and the New Zealand Company: A Study in Colonial Administration (Northampton, Mass.: Smith College, 1927), 112pp. (Smith College Studies in History, vol.13, nos.1–3, October 1927–April 1928).

'Molecular Theory', Poem in The Venture, edited by Anthony Blunt (Cambridge, 1928). Reprinted on JCB Christmas card, dated from 21 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, with a woodcut by Raymond McGrath.


'Historical Research in London', The Press, 12 October 1929, p.15.


'Molecular Theory', 'To a Fairy', 'The Climber', 'Despondency', 'The Cathedral', 'British Museum', 'In the Cotswolds', Poems in Kowhai Gold: An Anthology of Contemporary Verse, edited by Quentin Pope (London: J.M. Dent, 1930), pp.52–7.


'On Foot Through the Urewera', Rata: New Zealand Annual (1931), pp.3–4, 7–8.


'Communism and Hysterics', Letter (signed by N.M. Richmond and J.C. Beaglehole) in New Zealand Worker, 18 May 1932, p.6. Reprinted in Academic Freedom in New Zealand, 1932–34: A Statement of the Facts, collected by F.A. de la Mare (Auckland: Unicorn Press, 1935), pp.14–15


'Youthful Nation: History of New Zealand', Serial publication in National Opinion, 19 October 1933 to 7 June 1934. Subtitle varies. Subsequently revised and published as New Zealand: A Short History.

'Considerations on Certain Music of J.S. Bach', poem in Art in New Zealand, vol.5, no.20 (June 1933), pp.213–18. Parts 4 and 5 reprinted in New Zealand Best Poems of 1933, vol.5, no.20 (Wellington: Harry H. Tombs, 1933), pp.10–12.

'Decline of the West', Poem in Phoenix, vol.2, no.2 (June 1933), pp.11–13.


The Exploration of the Pacific (London: A. & C. Black, 1934), 426pp.

'Meditation on Historic Change', Poem in Art in New Zealand, vol.7, no.1 (September 1934), pp.18–26. Part 6 reprinted in New Zealand Best Poems of 1934 (Wellington: Harry H. Tombs, 1934), pp.18–19.


Review of The Maori Situation by I.L.G. Sutherland, Tomorrow, 28 August 1935, pp.5–7.

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New Zealand: A Short History (London: Allen & Unwin, 1936), 164pp.

'A Note on T.A. McCormack', Art in New Zealand, vol.8, no.4 (June 1936), pp.197–200.

Review of The Maori Situation by I.L.G. Sutherland, Pacific Affairs, vol.9, no.3 (September 1936), pp.481–3.


The University of New Zealand: An Historical Study (Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 1937), 442pp.


Words for Music (Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1938), 14pp.

A School of Political Studies (Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 1938), 24pp.


'New Zealand in the Commonwealth: An Attempt at Objectivity', in Contemporary New Zealand: A Survey of Domestic and Foreign Policy, edited by G.R. Powles (Wellington: New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, 1939), pp.1–16.

The Discovery of New Zealand (Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs, 1939), 176pp.


'The New Zealand Mind', Australian Quarterly, vol.12, no.4 (December 1940), pp.40–50.

'Centennial Meditations', Spike, no.68 (1940), pp.18–19.


'The Colonial Office, 1782–1854', Historical Studies, vol.1, no.3 (April 1941), pp.170–89.

Review of Island and Time by Allen Curnow, Book: A Miscellany, no.3 (August 1941), p.[17]. Reprinted from the Press.

'A Few Harsh Words on Areopagitica as Printed', Book, no.4 (September 1941), pp. [18–20].


Abel Janszoon Tasman and the Discovery of New Zealand, edited and designed by J.C. Beaglehole (Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs, 1942), includes essay by JCB, 'On the Place of Tasman's Voyage in History', pp.11–43.

Meet New Zealand (Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs, 1942), 36pp.

'Some Philosophies of History', Historical Studies, vol.2, no.6 (November 1942), pp.95–113.


'Copernicus and His Times', in Nicholas Copernicus: Quadricentennial Addresses, 1543–1943 (Wellington: Victoria University College, 1943), pp.3–13.

'The Writing of Imperial History', reviews of The British Empire 1815–1939 by Paul Knaplund, and A History of South Africa, Social and Economic by C.W. de Kiewiet, Historical Studies, vol.2, no.7 (May 1943), pp.129–40.


'The Old Empire and the New', 'The Statute and Constitutional Change', in New Zealand and the Statute of Westminster, five lectures by J.C. Beaglehole, F.L.W. Wood, Leslie Lipson, R.O. McGechan, edited by J.C. Beaglehole (Wellington: Victoria University College, 1944), pp.1–32, 33–64.

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Introduction to New Zealand, edited and designed by J.C. Beaglehole (Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs, 1945), 271pp.

'Cycling at Night' (1935), 'Lighting my Pipe' (1934), 'Newspaper Reader, 1934', 'Considerations on Certain Music of J.S. Bach: To N.M. Richmond' (1931). Poems in A Book of New Zealand Verse 1923–45, edited by Allen Curnow (Christchurch: Caxton, 1945), pp.97, 98–9, 100–5.

'Draft Song for Victory: To John Mulgan and Other New Zealanders', Poem in New Zealand Listener, 25 May 1945, p.7.


'History and the New Zealander', in The University and the Community: Essays in Honour of Thomas Alexander Hunter (Wellington: Victoria University College, 1946), pp.98–124.

'The Foreign Ministers of the British Commonwealth: Peter Fraser as Foreign Secretary', World Affairs, vol.2, no.2 (June 1946), pp.3–6.


The Exploration of the Pacific, second edition (London: A. & C. Black, 1947), 426pp.

How History Is Written (Wellington: Department of Education, School Publications Branch, 1947), Post-primary School Bulletin, vol.1, no.8

'Discovery and Exploration', 'International and Commonwealth Relations', in New Zealand, edited by Horace Belshaw (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1947), pp.3–19, 292–312.

'Reflections on an Orchestral Performance', New Zealand Listener, 21 March 1947, pp. 8–9.

'Dr Beaglehole Replies', Letter in New Zealand Listener, 24 April 1947, p.22.


Something about the Pacific (Wellington: Department of Education, School Publications Branch, 1948), Post-primary School Bulletin, vol.2, no.11.

'Book Production in New Zealand', Studio: New Zealand Issue, vol.135, no.661 (April 1948), pp.130–1.

'Colin McCahon's Pictures', New Zealand Listener, 5 March 1948, p.7.

'The National Orchestra: An Article and a Postscript', Landfall, vol.2, no.4 (December 1948), pp.307–20.


'A College Jubilee', New Zealand Listener, 13 May 1949, pp.6–7.

Victoria University College: An Essay Towards a History (Wellington: New Zealand University Press, 1949), 330pp.

'Professor von Zedlitz', Education, vol.2, no.4 (September 1949), pp.2–6.

'Simile' (1921), 'Waimakariri (January 6th, 1926)', 'Interior' (1927), 'The Rata' (1930), 'D.J. Donald: Obit. 23 June 1938. In memoriam' (1938), 'Ode on the Unveiling …' (1924), 'The Unreturned' (1920). Poems in The Old Clay Patch, third edition (Wellington: New Zealand University Press, 1949), pp.9–13, 123–8, 129.


'Is International Understanding Possible?', BBC Listener, vol.43, no.1101 (2 March 1950), pp.367–8. Text of Third Programme broadcast.


'Sir Thomas Hunter', New Zealand Journal of Public Administration, vol.13, no.2 (March 1951), pp.1–5.

'A Small Bouquet for the Education Department', Arts Year Book 7 (Wellington: Wingfield Press, 1951), pp.122–9.

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'Note on a Collection of Paintings', Landfall, vol.5, no.3 (September 1951), pp.227–30. Paintings exhibited abroad by Helen Hitchings.


The Idea of Kingship (Wellington: Department of Education, School Publications Branch, 1952), Post-primary School Bulletin, vol.6, no.4.

'I.L.G. Sutherland 1897–1952', Journal of the Polynesian Society, vol.41, nos.1,2 (March and June 1952), pp.120–1.

'Victorian Heritage: Thoughts on New Zealand's Social History', Political Science, vol.4, no.1 (March 1952), pp.29–37.

'Why Archives?'New Zealand Journal of Public Administration, vol.15, no.1 (September 1952), pp.9–16.


'Learning, Law, Politics, Friendship', Reviews of Holmes–Laski Letters, edited by Mark de Wolfe Howe, and Harold Laski (1893–1950): A Biographical Memoir by Kingsley Martin. Parsons Packet, no.23 (July 1953), pp.8–10.

'Brilliant Harvest of Patience and Determination: The Nan Kivell Collection of Early New Zealand Pictures …'New Zealand Listener, 11 December 1953, p.8.

'Indefinable but Priceless Links with Crown', Evening Post, 23 December 1953, p.6. Supplement on occasion of Royal Tour, 1953–54.


The New Zealand Scholar (Margaret Condliffe Memorial Lecture Canterbury College, 21 April 1954), (Christchurch: Canterbury University College, 1954), 24pp. Reprinted in The Feel of Truth: Essays in New Zealand and Pacific History Presented to F.L.W. Wood and J.C. Beaglehole on the Occasion of Their Retirement, edited by Peter Munz (Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed for Victoria University of Wellington, 1969), pp.237–52.

'The Development of New Zealand Nationality', Cahiers d'Histoire Mondiale: Journal of World History, vol.2, no.1 (August 1954), pp.106–23.

'Frances Hodgkins', Design Review, vol.5, no.5 (April 1954), pp.109–11.

'Winston Monk', Landfall, vol.8, no.2 (June 1954), pp.117–18.


The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery: The Voyage of the Endeavour 1768–1771 [vol.l], edited by J.C. Beaglehole (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for the Hakluyt Society, 1955), 970pp. (Hakluyt Society extra series no.34).


'On the Character of Captain James Cook', Geographical Journal, vol.122, part 4 (December 1956), pp.417–29.


'Duty to Future, Present, Past. Preserving St. Paul's as an Historic Place', Evening Post, 22 February 1957, p.8. Statement by Chairman of National Historic Places Trust, prepared substantially by JCB.

'Some Problems of Editing Cook's Journals', Historical Studies, vol.8 (November 1957), pp.20–31.


'A Note on the Paintings of Evelyn Page', Landfall, vol.12, no.4 (December 1958), pp.359–63.


'The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Wellington: The Case for Its Preservation (Wellington: National Historic Places Trust, 1959), 7pp.

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'Fraser, Peter', biographical article in the Dictionary of National Biography 1941–1950 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959), pp.271–2.

'Private Property or National Interest?', New Zealand Listener, 6 March 1959, p.4.

'Research in the University', New Zealand University Journal, vol.8 (1959), pp.17–24.


'The British Commonwealth of Nations', in The New Cambridge Modern History, vol.12 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1960), pp.529–55.

Foreword to Doctor Agnes Bennett by Cecil Manson and Celia Manson, Michael Joseph, London, 1960, pp.vii–xiii.


The Discovery of New Zealand, second edition (London: Oxford University Press, 1961), 114pp.

The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery: The Voyage of the Resolution and Adventure, 1772–1775 [vol.2], edited by J.C. Beaglehole (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for the Hakluyt Society, 1961), 1191pp (Hakluyt Society extra series no.35).

'New Zealand Since the War: 4. Politics and Culture', Landfall, vol.15, no.2 (June 1961), pp.138–52.


The Endeavour Journal of Joseph Banks 1768–1771, edited by J.C. Beaglehole (Sydney: Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales in association with Angus and Robertson, 1962), 2 vols, 1005pp.

'Death of a University', New Zealand Listener, 12 January 1962, p.10. Text of a broadcast talk.

'On the Duties of a Librarian', New Zealand Libraries, vol.25, no.1 (January-February 1962), pp.1–6. Address delivered at a graduation ceremony of the New Zealand Library School, 24 November 1961.


The Endeavour Journal of Joseph Banks 1768–1771, edited by J.C. Beaglehole, second edition (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1963).


'The Death of Captain Cook', Australian Journal of Science, vol.26, no.10 (April 1964), pp.297–304. Presidential address to ANZAAS Congress (Section E), Canberra.

'The Death of Captain Cook', Historical Studies, vol.11, no.43 (October 1964), pp.289–305. Revised version of address.


'The Wandering Scholars', Ethnos, vol.30 (1965), pp.39–56. Address at opening of exhibition from the Alströmer Collection of the Ethnological Museum of Sweden, at Dominion Museum, Wellington, 28 October 1965.

Nelson: A History of Early Settlement by Ruth M. Allan, edited by J.C. Beaglehole (Wellington: A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1965). Introduction, with much editorial revision, following the author's death.

'Country Loses a Personality', Dominion, 9 December 1965, p.2. Obituary of R.M. Burdon.


The Exploration of the Pacific, third (extensively revised) edition (London and Stanford: A. & C. Black, and Stanford University Press, 1966), 356pp.

The Wandering Scholars (Wellington: Dominion Museum, 1966), 15pp.

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Biographical articles in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand (Wellington: Government Printer, 1966). 'Hunter, Sir Thomas Alexander', vol.2, pp.123–4; 'MacLaurin, Richard Cockburn', vol.2, p.369.


Captain Cook and Captain Bligh (Dr W.E. Collins Lecture, delivered at the university on 3 August 1967) (Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington, 1967), 27pp.

A House Renewed (Wellington: New Zealand Historic Places Trust, 1967), 7pp. Address at the opening of the Mission House, Waimate North, 4 December 1966.

The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery: The Voyage of the Resolution and Discovery, 1776–1780 [Vol.3, Pts 1 and 2], edited by J.C. Beaglehole (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press for the Hakluyt Society, 1967), 1871pp. (Hakluyt Society extra series no.36).

Biographical articles in Encyclopaedia Britannica (Chicago: 1967). 'Allen, Sir James', vol.1, p.642; 'Cook, James', vol.6, pp.442–3; 'Dalrymple, Alexander', vol.7, p.11; 'Fraser, Peter', vol.9, p.811; 'Holland, Henry Edmund', 'Holland, Sir Sidney George', vol.11, pp.594, 596; 'Seddon, Richard John', vol.20, p.154; 'Vogel, Sir Julius', 'Ward, Sir Joseph George', vol.23, pp.96, 208.

'Cook, James', biographical article in Book World Encyclopaedia (Sydney: 1967), pp.202–3.


The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery: The Voyage of the Endeavour 1768–1771, edited by J.C. Beaglehole. Reprinted with addenda and corrigenda.

'The British Commonwealth of Nations', in New Cambridge Modern History, vol.12 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1968), pp.373–402. Revised text.

'Our Music Through the Years', Theme, no.13 (October 1968), pp.14–15. Text of an address to the annual meeting of the Chamber Music Federation of New Zealand.


The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery: The Voyage of the Resolution and Adventure 1772–1775, edited by J.C. eaglehole. Reprinted with addenda and corrigenda.

The Discovery of Australia by G. Arnold Wood, revised by J.C. Beaglehole [second revised edition] (Melbourne: Macmillan of Australia, 1969), 406pp.

'Cook the Navigator', Royal Society of London Proceedings A314 (1969), pp.27–38.

'Eighteenth Century Science and the Voyages of Discovery', New Zealand Journal of History, vol.3, no.2 (November 1969), pp.107–23.

'Some Problems of Cook's Biographer' (Eva G.R. Taylor Memorial Lecture), Mariner's Mirror, vol.55, no.4 (November 1969), pp.365–81.

Foreword to James Cook and New Zealand by A.C. Begg and N.C. Begg (Wellington: Government Printer, 1969).


Cook the Writer (Sixth George Arnold Wood Memorial Lecture delivered in the University of Sydney, 15 April 1970) (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1970), 22pp.

'Captain Cook and Wellington Harbour', in Wellington Prospect: Survey of a City 1840–1970, edited by N.L. McLeod and B.H. Farland (Wellington: Hicks Smith and Sons, 1970), pp.13–17.

'Cook the Man', in Captain Cook, Navigator and Scientist: Papers Presented at

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the Cook Bicentenary Symposium Australian Academy of Science, Canberra 1 May 1969, edited by G.M. Badger (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1970), pp.11–29.

'The Library and the Cosmos', Turnbull Library Record, vol.3(n.s.), no.2 (August 1970), pp.65–77. Jubilee address delivered at the Alexander Turnbull Library, 30 June 1970. Extracts reprinted in Evening Post, 16 October 1971, p.46.

'Patron's Address: Not About Captain Cook', New Zealand Libraries, vol.33, no.2 (April 1970), pp.40, 45–50. Address delivered at New Zealand Library Association Conference, Nelson, 10 February 1970.


James Cook and Mercury Bay (Wellington: Wai-te-ata Press, 1971), 11pp. 'Some Problems of Cook's Biographer', 'Cook the Navigator', in Employ'd as a Discoverer, Papers Presented at the Captain Cook Bi-Centenary Symposium Sutherland Shire, 1–3 May, 1970, edited by J.V.S. Megaw (Sydney: A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1971), pp.23–41, 117–34.

'The Urewera Trip 1925', in VUWTC '71: A Publication to mark the 50th Jubilee of the Victoria University Tramping Club, edited by B.A. Sissons (Wellington: 1971), pp.50–3. Reprint of 'On Foot Through the Urewera', 1931.

'From Bookshop Assistant to O.M.: Eminent Ex-bookseller Talks to N.Z. Jubilee Conference', Bookseller, no.3418 (26 June 1971), pp.2594–7.


(Posthumous publications)

The Life of Captain James Cook (London: Hakluyt Society, 1974), 771pp. (Hakluyt Society extra series no.37). Issued as vol.4 of The Journals of Captain James Cook. Prepared for the press by T.H. Beaglehole.

The Life of Captain James Cook (London and Stanford: A. & C. Black, and Stanford University Press, 1974), 771pp.