Welcome to my blog. My name is Jared Davidson and I’m a historian and archivist based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Through social biography and history from below, my work explores the resistance of working people on the margins – from radicals of the early twentieth century to convicts of the nineteenth. My work has focused on early New Zealand anarchism, First World War dissent and state control, working-class culture, antiwork traditions, and archives and memory. I am an active Committee member of the Labour History Project and designer of the LHP Bulletin.

In 2016 I was awarded the Michael Standish Prize for best archival essay, and the co-authored He Whakaputanga – The Declaration of Independence won best secondary resource in Education for 2018. My latest book, Dead Letters, was published in March 2019.

You can find all of my work on my personal website:


I'm also on Twitter - you can follow me @anrchivist