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.[ citation needed ] He was awarded a scholarship for studious officers after his mandatory service, and began his various studies at various universities that included, at different times, Cambridge, University College London, University of Washington, the latter at which he met his first wife, an American. After living in Nottingham for several years, the family then moved to New Zealand in the late 1960s with their (then) three children, [1] as he was offered a professorship of history at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, where he worked until retiring from that position in 1997. [2] He remains a professor emeritus of history and continues to write and research.[ citation needed ]

He is an expert on the constitutional and military histories of the Commonwealth of Nations and British Empire, and in this capacity he published and 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. [3]

In the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours, McIntyre was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to historical research. [4]


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