Histories of electrification center on well-worn concerns like public lighting and electrically-powered appliances, and they seldom concern peripheral spaces such as New Zealand. Early applications of electric power in mining remains understudied. This lecture will discuss how these systems were connected to imperial initiatives, and how the electric infrastructure evolved favoring imperial trends that manifest in the country’s energy decisions.
Nathan Kapoor is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of the history of science at the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation examines the electrification of New Zealand.
Sponsored by the Department of History.