Month: July 2012

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1912 Ball Invitation

Wednesday July 24th 1912 was a fairly unremarkable day.  No liners collided with icebergs, no Archdukes were assassinated and no Kings were crowned.  But today does mark a special centenary that I thought I’d share with you. It was one hundred years ago today that the Lyttelton Railway […]

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Men in Aprons

I’ve hatched a cunning plan to get you all over the midweek hump, not just today but every week.  It involves a series of photographs of men wearing aprons, the story of a pioneer photographer and a 19th century movement to make every Wednesday a half-holiday. First, as […]

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NZ Civil Defence Wardens' Handbook 1943
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What to do after an Air Raid

Congratulations, you have just survived your first air raid!  But as you emerge from the dust and rubble you realize that your world has changed forever.  Few people know how to survive an air raid and even fewer know what to do in the precious minutes once the […]

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How to Survive an Air Raid

Being caught in an air raid is something that most of us don’t usually need to worry about, but that is no excuse for not being ready.  If you know what to do in the event of an earthquake, tsunami, cyclone/hurricane and other similar hazards then you owe […]

Convicts in New Zealand

Congratulations to prolific historian, writer and blogger Matthew Wright on the launch of his latest book, Convicts – New Zealand’s Hidden Criminal Past. Any book that features convicts, piracy, tall-ships AND cannibalism will automatically get my seal of approval but to have someone with the experience and ability […]