Month: January 2013

Boer War Postcard
Lemuel Lyes Collection

Kathleen’s Colonial Boys

Today I’m going to share one of the oldest postcards in my collection, one which also happens to include a message relating to New Zealanders fighting in the Boer War. It is one of a small group that I found in a junk shop as a teenager and […]

Four Dunedin children at their pet cat.  1893 - 1898.
Lemuel Lyes Collection

Pet Cats in Victorian New Zealand

Recently I came across a beautiful photograph in a secondhand book store and snapped it up for my collection.  Usually I don’t blog about items that I’ve only recently purchased but this I thought was an exception.  I give you – four Dunedin children and their pet cat. […]

Kiwi Soldiers enjoying the snow in Jerusalem
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Snowball Fight in Jerusalem

This evening a good friend of mine shared this beautiful photo of a snow-covered Dome of the Rock.  It is the first time in four years that snow has fallen in Jerusalem and it looks like the locals are enjoying the novelty.  According to this article it is […]

Ticket for 'It's in the Bag' Warkworth 1979
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It’s in the Bag

Today I’m going to share an iconic bit of New Zealand television history.  As far as televisual Kiwiana goes this is right up there with Thingee’s eye and little Ted’s severed head.  Well okay it might be a little below them on the awesomeness scale, but it is […]

Tahunanui Beach, 1933
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Sands of Time: Tahunanui Beach

Now is the time of year when New Zealand families make like a D-Day assault team and storm the beaches.  The ice cream vendors make a killing while people get sand in their hair, work on their tan and lap up the beach culture.  Of course none of […]

Auckland Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition (1913-14) :[Postcard. 1913]. Ref: Eph-A-EXHIBITION-1913-01. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22832682

2013 Anniversaries to Look Forward To

Happy New Year!  2013 has arrived and I thought this might be a good opportunity to take a look at what historical anniversaries are coming up this year.  Some I hope to blog about in more detail over the next 12 months in-between my regular ephemeral broadcasts. First […]