Author(s): Melanie Nolan
Jack McCullough's diary, begun 100 years ago in 1908, records a period in New Zealand society beset with economic turmoil and war. McCullough was a political reformer - a pragmatic idealist who worked tirelessly to better the lives of his fellow citizens through protest, union and Arbitration Court activity in matters of industrial relations wages and employment conditions.
Melanie Nolan is Professor of History, Director of the NationalCentre for Biography and General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University after spending 16 years teaching New Zealand history at Victoria University of Wellington. She is author of Breadwinning. New Zealand Women and the State (2000) and award-winning Kin. A Collective Biography of a New Zealand Working-class Family (2005). She is currently writing a history of gender and professional society in Australasia in which she considers the role of cohorts and generations in history.