Geoffrey Rice

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Geoffrey Wayne Rice
Born 1946
Taumarunui, New Zealand
Residence Christchurch, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Fields History (Biography and Urban History)
Institutions University of Canterbury
Alma mater University of Canterbury
Known for Study of Christchurch history and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Geoffrey Wayne Rice (born 1946) is a retired Professor of History at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He served as Head of the School of History from 2006 to 2011, before retiring in 2012.

Professor Rice studied at the University of Canterbury from 1965 to 1969, and was the first person to be awarded a History PhD by the University of Canterbury in 1974.[1] Rice has served as the foundation Secretary of the New Zealand Historical Association from 1978 to 1981, and as secretary of the Canterbury Historical Association since 1982 to 2007.[1] He currently serves as secretary of the Canterbury History Foundation from 2012. Rice has also been a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London. He was general editor for the 2nd edition of the Oxford History of New Zealand.[2]

Professor Rice is known for his detailed studies of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and its effect on New Zealand[3] and Japan,[4] as well as his studies of the local history of Christchurch. His research into the flu pandemic has been used by the New Zealand Ministry of Health to help predict the effects of a hypothetical bird-flu pandemic, and he has written several books on Christchurch's history and that of its neighboring port, Lyttelton. Rice has also written books on the Fourth Earl of Rochford and Heaton Rhodes, as well as some of the Christchurch heritage lost during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and its aftershocks.[5][6] His latest book covers Victoria Square in Christchurch; it was published in November 2014.[7]


  • All Fall Down: Christchurch's Lost Chimneys, (Canterbury University Press, 2011), ISBN 978-1-927145-10-4
  • Ambulances and First Aid: St John in Christchurch 1885–1987, (The Order of St John Christchurch, 1994) ISBN 0-473-02517-5
  • Black November: The 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand, (Canterbury University Press, 2005, 2nd edition), ISBN 1-877257-35-4
  • Christchurch Changing: An illustrated history, (Canterbury University Press, 1st Ed. 1999, 2nd Ed. 2008) ISBN 978-0-908812-53-0
  • Christchurch Crimes: Scandal and skullduggery in port and town, (Canterbury University Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1-927145-39-5
  • Christchurch in the Nineties: A Chronology, (Canterbury University Press, 2002) ISBN 0-473-08238-1
  • Heaton Rhodes of Otahuna, (Canterbury University Press, 2nd Ed. 2008) ISBN 978-1-877257-65-0
  • The Life of the Fourth Earl of Rochford: Eighteenth-century Anglo-Dutch Courtier, Diplomat and Statesman, (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010) ISBN 978-0-7734-1300-9
  • Lyttelton: Port and Town: an illustrated history, (Canterbury University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-877257-24-9
  • Rhodes on Cashmere: a history of the Rhodes Memorial Convalescent Home, (Hawthorne Press, 2005) ISBN 0-473-10261-7
  • Rice, Geoffrey (2014). Victoria Square: Cradle of Christchurch. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. ISBN 1927145589. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 


  1. ^ a b School of Humanities Staff Profile - Geoffrey Rice - University of Canterbury
  2. ^ Rice, G., (1993). The Oxford History of New Zealand. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-558257-4
  3. ^ Rice, G., (2005). Black November: The 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand, Canterbury University Press. ISBN 1-877257-35-4
  4. ^ Rice, G. W., Palmer, E. (1993) Pandemic Influenza in Japan, 1918–19: Mortality, Patterns and Official Responses, Journal of Japanese Studies, v. 19, n. 2, pp 389–420
  5. ^ Staff Profile - Professor Geoffrey Rice
  6. ^ Rice, G., (2011). All Fall Down. Canterbury University Press. ISBN 978-1-927145-10-4
  7. ^ Crean, Mike (29 November 2014). "Victoria Square once a Wild West scene". The Press. p. C10. Retrieved 30 November 2014.