Donal Raethel


Archives New Zealand - Senior Archivist.

Donal’s first career as a horticulturalist took him through much of New Zealand and Australia. His keen interest in history and heritage landscapes lead to studies at The Northern Territory University, now Charles Darwin University, focusing on the histories of South East Asia and northern Australia. This was followed by a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from Melbourne’s Deakin University.

In 2002 he joined the Darwin office of the National Archives of Australia. Particularly rewarding was making records available to Aboriginal ‘Stolen Generations’ researchers seeking contact with their families and communities. Donal joined Archives New Zealand in 2008 as research archivist and outreach/tours coordinator, bringing him into close contact with 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition and The Treaty of Waitangi – both inscribed on the Memory of the World Register. Here too the reward is in making records known and available - records of universal value or purely personal significance.