John Dunmore

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John Dunmore CNZM (born 1923) is a prominent New Zealand academic, historian, author, playwright, and publisher.

Dunmore was born in Trouville-sur-Mer, France, lived in Jersey under German Occupation during World War II, and then in England, where he received a BA from the University of London. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1950. He completed a PhD under historian J C Beaglehole at Victoria University of Wellington in 1962, studying the French contribution to the exploration of the Pacific Ocean in the 18th century. He was Professor of French, Head of the Department of Modern Languages, and Dean of Humanities at Massey University, from which he retired in 1985.[1]
Dunmore's main field of history is the exploration of the Pacific, particularly by French navigators. He has written two major biographies of La Pérouse, and translated and edited his journals (which he rediscovered after they had been misfiled in the French National Archives).[2] In addition, he has written biographies and edited the journals of both de Surville and of Bougainville. His biography of de Surville, The fateful voyage of the St. Jean Baptiste, won the Wattie Book of the Year award in 1970.[3]
His work is highly regarded by scholars as well as by the public:

  • "John Dunmore has done more than anyone to bring our attention to the achievements of eighteenth and nineteenth century French explorers of the Pacific"[4]
  • "cette étonnante biographie, élégamment écrite (this stunning and elegantly written biography (of Bougainville))"[5]
  • "The succinct and perceptive evaluation of the voyages and the Anglo-French rivalry is of great use"[6]

Dunmore has written a variety of other books, including a series of thrillers under the pseudonym "Jason Calder".[7] He has produced a book of 18th-century recipes, Mrs Cook's book of recipes for mariners in distant seas. Some of the recipes were derived from the logs of explorers of the day. He has also written plays,[8] held office in the Playwrights Association of New Zealand,[9] and written a history of the association.

In his capacity as professor of French, Dunmore was president of the New Zealand Federation des Alliances Francaises.

He established two separate publishing firms, the Dunmore Press (1969–1984) and Heritage Press (1985–2004).[10] The Dunmore Press, a substantial New Zealand publisher of academic books, eventually became part of the Thomson publishing group, in 2004.[11]

Honors[edit]

  • Massey University awarded him an honorary DLitt degree in 2006.[3]
  • Fellow Pacific scholars honored him with a Festschrift: Cropp, Glynnis M; Noel R Watts; Roger D J Collins; K R Howe (eds), ed. (2005). Pacific journeys: Essays in honour of John Dunmore. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University Press. ISBN 0-86473-507-3. 
  • The Dunmore Medal for research into French achievements and development in the Pacific is named after him [15]

Honours[edit]

New Zealand Order of Merit ribbon.png Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (New Zealand) 2001

New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal ribbon.png New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal (New Zealand) 1990

Legion Honneur Officier ribbon.svg Officer de la Légion d'Honneur (France) 2007

Palmes academiques Officier ribbon.svg Officier de la Palmes académiques (France) 1986

See also[edit]

List of foreign recipients of the Légion d'Honneur
List of Foreign recipients of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Books[edit]

This list of books by Dunmore is representative but by no means complete. He has also written many articles, book chapters, reviews, plays and other items. A list of his scholarly writings to 2005 is included in Pacific Journeys at pp. 15–19.

Biographies[edit]

Translated and edited journals of explorers[edit]

Other historical works[edit]

Fiction[edit]

"Jason Calder" is a pseudonym for John Dunmore.

  • Calder, Jason (1981). Target Margaret Thatcher. London: Hale. ISBN 0-7091-9272-X. 
  • Calder, Jason (1978). The O'Rourke affair. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press. 
  • Calder, Jason (1977). A wreath for the Springboks. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press. ISBN 0-908564-04-X. 
  • Calder, Jason (1976). The man who shot Rob Muldoon. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Dunmore Press. ISBN 0-908564-10-4. 
  • Dunmore, John (1971). Meurtre à Tahiti (Murder in Tahiti) (in French). Auckland, New Zealand: Longman Paul. ISBN 0-582-68761-6. 
  • Dunmore, John (1964). Le mystère d'Omboula (The mystery of Omboula) (in French). Hamilton, New Zealand: Paul's Book Arcade. 

Other[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ These facts are from pp. 9-11 of Pacific Journeys.
  2. ^ Pacific Journeys, p. 12.
  3. ^ a b c Massey News Article - Champion of the Humanities
  4. ^ CCS - Book Reviews Part 9
  5. ^ "Storms and Dreams" de John Dunmore (mars 2005) - La France en Nouvelle-Zélande
  6. ^ Review by Samuel Clyde McCulloch in The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 43, No. 3 (September 1971), p. 518.
  7. ^ Pacific Journeys, p. 13.
  8. ^ Pacific Journeys, p. 13. See also An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand at http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/L/LiteratureDrama/RadioDrama/en
  9. ^ Panz Contacts
  10. ^ Pacific Journeys, p. 13. See also http://www.heritagepress.co.nz/about.html
  11. ^ Cengage Imprints
  12. ^ pp. 9-11 of Pacific Journeys.
  13. ^ Dunmore promoted to Officer of the Legion of Honour http://www.ambafrance-nz.org/spip.php?article1022
  14. ^ M. Brewer, 'New Zealand and the Legion d'honneur: Officiers, Commandeurs and Dignites', The Volunteers: The Journal of the New Zealand Military Historical Society, 35(3), March 2010, pp.131-147.
  15. ^ Award of the Dunmore Medal http://www.ambafrance-nz.org/spip.php?article1190