Royal-Society-NZ-small-logo-rgbMarriage, Past and Present was a five-year research project (2014-19), supported by a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi, that aimed to trace the evolution in the practice, politics and meaning of marriage in New Zealand from the nineteenth century and up to the present day. The project was archival-based, and drew upon written and visual sources produced by the state as well as individuals held in a wide range of archival institutions, libraries and museums across New Zealand. It has produced a number of publications in the form of articles and book chapters, and supported three postgraduate students. A major aim of the project was to publish the first book length study on the history of marriage and married life in New Zealand, which will hopefully appear in 2021.

Image Credit: An intimate family portrait taken at Tokaanau in April 1946 by George Silk. Courtesy of Getty Images, United States.