Ben Schrader


Dr Ben Schrader is an independent Wellington historian with expertise in Aotearoa New Zealand's urban social, cultural, housing and environmental history. His book publications include: We Call it Home: A History of State Housing In New Zealand (Auckland, 2005) and the award-winning The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities 1840-1920 (Wellington, 2016). He is presently researching a history of historic preservation in New Zealand and is a team member of the Royal Society-funded project on eviction being undertaken in the University of Otago’s Department of Public Health from 2018.


A Brave New World: Ideal Versus Reality in Postwar NaenaeNew Zealand Journal of History, 30:1, Apr 1996, pp. 61-79
Native Hostelries in New Zealand’s Colonial CitiesJournal of New Zealand Studies, No. 25, 2017: 16-39;dn=323367974221523;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1176-306X
‘Paris or New York? Contesting Melbourne’s Skyline, 1880-1958'Journal of Urban History 36 6 (2010) 814-830
The Other Story: Changing Perceptions of State HousingNew Zealand Journal of History, 40:2, Oct 2006, pp. 156-69.
The New Zealand Garden City Movement 1900-1925Planning Perspectives (London), 14:4, 1999, pp. 395-411.