Flagships of maritime modernity : A study of the pursuit of technological change in the New Zealand shipping industry, 1870-1939

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dc.contributor.advisor Belich, James en
dc.contributor.advisor Bassett, Judith en
dc.contributor.author Hutchinson, Marian en
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-09T06:58:36Z en
dc.date.available 2007-07-09T06:58:36Z en
dc.date.issued 2001 en
dc.identifier THESIS 02-207 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--History)--University of Auckland, 2001 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/706 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract This thesis investigates the pursuit of technological progress in the New Zealand merchant shipping industry between 1870 and 1939. During those years the world's merchant fleets were modernised much more rapidly than in previous centuries, and New Zealanders sought to remain in the vanguard of that race to update maritime services. This aspect of New Zealand history provides an important source of information about the relationship between our society and machine technology. However, traditional maritime history rarely considers it. This thesis explores some of the causes and consequences of rapid technological change, taking the shipping industry as a case-in-point. It seeks to explain some of the reasons why New Zealanders promoted the rapid update of their shipping services so enthusiastically. In this thesis the history of New Zealand shipping is explored as an aspect of the history of technology. The thesis also seeks to integrate the history of technology and maritime history with the general history of New Zealand society and culture. It argues that a feature of late nineteenth/early twentieth century New Zealand society was that New Zealanders were often very strongly convinced that new technology held the solution to some of their most taxing economic and social problems. This thesis considers how the pursuit of technology was experienced differently in six key areas of the shipping industry. It looks first at the passenger/immigrant trade, then at the New Zealand shipbuilding industry, local harbour boards, shipping companies, the maritime workforce and the New Zealand Marine Department. One of the major findings of the thesis is that there are significant differences between these spheres in attitudes to technology. Ideas about what technology could or should do for the shipping industry varied enormously, but whilst opinion differed as to what end result could be expected, updating technology was frequently perceived as the quintessential means to realizing their hopes for the future. en
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dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99101999714002091 en
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dc.title Flagships of maritime modernity : A study of the pursuit of technological change in the New Zealand shipping industry, 1870-1939 en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline History en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
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