W. David McIntyre

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William David McIntyre OBE (born 1932) is a New Zealand historian. The son of a congregationalist minister, he attended Caterham School as a boarder from ages eight to eighteen, which coincided with WW2, perhaps inspiring his later interests. He moved to New Zealand in the late 1960's with his wife and five children, due to being offered a position as professor of history at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, where he worked until retiring from that position in 1997.[1]. He remains a professor emeritus of history and continues to write and research.

He is an expert on the constitutional and military histories of the Commonwealth of Nations and British Empire, and it was in this capacity that he is published and has advised governments. He served as consultant to the Committee on Commonwealth Membership, and compiled its report which was accepted by Heads of Government at Kampala in 2007.[2]

In the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours, McIntyre was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to historical research.[3]


Books written[edit]

  • 1966: Colonies into Commonwealth
  • 1967: The Imperial Frontier in the Tropics, 1865–75
  • 1969: Neutrality, Non-alignment, and New Zealand
  • 1969: Britain, New Zealand and the Security of South-East Asia in the 1970s
  • 1970: Britain and the Commonwealth since 1907
  • 1973: The Commonwealth: Its past, present, and future
  • 1977: The Commonwealth of Nations: Origins and impact, 1869–1971
  • 1979: The Rise and Fall of Singapore Naval Base, 1919–42
  • 1988: New Zealand Prepares for War: Defence Policy 1919–39
  • 1991: The Significance of the Commonwealth, 1965-90
  • 1995: Background to the ANZUS Pact: Policy-making, strategy, and diplomacy, 1945–55
  • 1998: British Decolonization, 1946–1997: When, why, and how did the British Empire fall?
  • 2001: A Guide to the Contemporary Commonwealth
  • 2002: When, if ever, did New Zealand become Independent?
  • 2006: Shifting starr: A Presbyterian drama: St Andrew's at Rangi Ruru 1956-2006
  • 2007: Dominion of New Zealand: Statesmen and status, 1907-1945
  • 2009: The Britannic vision: historians and the making of the British Commonwealth of nations, 1907-48
  • 2014: Winding up the British Empire in the Pacific Islands

Books edited[edit]

  • 1971: Speeches and Documents on New Zealand History
  • 1980: The Journal of Henry Sewell, 1853–7


  1. ^ "A short history of the school". University of Canterbury. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  2. ^ Report of Committee on Commonwealth Membership, London, Commonwealth Secretariat, Sept 2007
  3. ^ "No. 52953". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1992. p. 30.