Carolyn Mincham

Doctor of Philosophy, (History)
Study Completed: 2008
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
A Social and Cultural History of the New Zealand Horse

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Ms Mincham studied the social and cultural history of the horse in New Zealand, focusing on why the country has not followed the practice of other countries in the designation of a national horse. Her research found that horses and the traditions associated with them played a significant role in the process of colonisation in New Zealand, shaping the land and becoming part of the aspirations of the people. She also found that horses contribute to how New Zealanders perceive themselves as a nation. Ms Mincham concluded that the absence of an iconic horse around which to construct ideas about national identity in New Zealand reflects both the strength of local and regional ties as well as a continuing allegiance to British horses and customs.

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