Kelburn, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Helen Beaglehole studied at the Victoria University of Wellington, where she received a Bachelor's degree in 1968 and a diploma in educational studies in 1974.
Basin Reserve 15 Dufferin St, Mount Victoria, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
Beaglehole also holds a diploma in teaching from Wellington Teachers College since 1978.
(This book is the first comprehensive history of New Zeala...)
This book is the first comprehensive history of New Zealand's system of 'well-placed and effective' lighthouses that were essential for 'the great maritime future' its government envisaged. It presents the fascinating story of the siting, design, construction, operation and eventual demanning of those nineteenth- and early twentieth-century monuments of engineering. It reveals much of the lives of the lighthouse keepers - practical, independent men who took their families to live in remote parts of New Zealand - and raises critical questions about the future of the historic structures.
(Lighthouses have a mystique, a romance, and an almost bib...)
Lighthouses have a mystique, a romance, and an almost biblical significance about them. Elegant structures located on remote and exposed sites where the land is challenged by the sea, they beam light into the darkness and transform uncertainty into knowledge and safety. They are the subject of legends and yarns, shanties and poems, written and oral history around the world. New Zealand's lighthouses - their location, design, construction, operation, and demanding - have been well documented in Helen Beaglehole's comprehensive history.
(Gripping and fascinating, this illustrated account explor...)
Gripping and fascinating, this illustrated account explores a previously unstudied yet important aspect of New Zealand’s history: its wildfires. Examining the terrible fires that devastated the country as both Maori and European settlers wrested a livelihood from the land, this book explains the European mentality behind the fires and the resulting vocal arguments against the terrible loss of valuable resources.
Helen Beaglehole studied at the Victoria University of Wellington, where she received a Bachelor's degree in 1968 and a diploma in educational studies in 1974. Beaglehole also holds a diploma in teaching from Wellington Teachers College since 1978. In 1995 Beaglehole received a certificate in publishing from Whitireia Polytechnic.
Beaglehole's illustrated book Two Tigers was short-listed for the 1994 Children’s Aim Book Awards, and nominated for the Russell Clark Award. It was also a best-seller with almost 7,000 copies sold. John’s Remarkable Day and Plum stones (both published in Australia in 1999 and illustrated by one of the top Australian illustrators, Craig Smith) share a realistic, matter-of-fact world in which a fantastic reality intrudes and, albeit briefly, co-exists. Plum stones and Two Tigers have been frequently read on radio.
Strange Company (1996) is an adventure story for younger readers set in the Marlborough Sounds. The Family Album (1997), with its evocative West Coast setting, moves between the past and present worlds to look at the said and unsaid in families. Because he’s my brother (1998) is a contemporary take on issues Sophocles raised in Antigone. Hanging on letting go (1999) deals with a teenager having to come to terms with becoming a tetraplegic. The strong and engrossing narrative and quiet humor used to explore questions around living in today’s world can be found in all of these books, and this attitude also typifies War Zones (2006). War Zones is written for both an adult and young adult audience. Set in rural New Zealand during the Second World War, the author uses New Zealand’s little-known treatment of conscientious objectors to lead into questions of difference, father-son relationships, and personal integrity. The novel was short-listed for the 2006 Esther Glen Award.
Beaglehole has also contributed to the New Zealand Dictionary of National Biography, and to Te Ara, the New Zealand encyclopedia online. Lighting the Coast A history of New Zealand's coastal lighthouse system was published by Canterbury University Press in 2006. Authoritative and highly readable, it is the first comprehensive history of New Zealand's system of 'well-placed and effective' lighthouses that were essential for the 'great marine future' its government envisaged. The book features more than 250 illustrations including historic photographs, diagrams, maps, and charts.
Helen Beaglehole is married to Tim Beaglehole (a university teacher and administrator), with whom she has three children John, Toby, and Charlotte.