Rachel Macfarlane was the manager/administrator of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive for six years from 2000 to 2005.
Rachel Macfarlane bought to the Cartoon Archive her interest in and knowledge of New Zealand history and politics and her experience in the fields of design and fine art, cultural exchange and education. She worked alongside the Cartoon Archive chairman, Ian Grant, and the staff of the Alexander Turnbull Library in the production of exhibitions and books to promote the public’s awareness of the intrinsic interest and usefulness of cartoons.
She was instrumental in the development of the system whereby the Archive receives contemporary cartoons in digital format direct from the newspapers and cartoonists. Her work included the cataloguing and indexing of as many of the cartoons as time allowed, with the help of part-time assistants.
Since leaving the Archive, Rachel Macfarlane has been pursuing her interests in the propagation and cultivation of native trees, photography, family history and watercolour painting.