I’m publishing this post from Russell, formerly the infamous Kororareka, or hellhole of the Pacific. Once upon a time this beach was home to drunkards, whalers, crimps, sailors, prostitutes, grog shop owners and other rogues both lovable and not. It was witness to duels, brawls and even wars. Now along with the rest of the Bay of Islands it is playground for the rich and a photo opportunity for tourists, but it is still loaded with opportunities for history geeks to overdose.
Regular posts will resume shortly but I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain my brief absence and let you know what you can expect here in the upcoming months.
* A few commemorative posts to mark upcoming historical anniversaries
* More ephemera including shipping menus, postcards, snapshots and a well overdue foray into dance cards and ball invitations
* A previously unpublished insight into a sub-Antarctic shipwreck
* A blog roll showcasing a fantastic community of history related bloggers here in New Zealand and overseas
* Some history tourism based on some of my recent adventures in the far north
Speaking of that, before I return to Dunedin I have one last trip to make. I’m off to experience the Bay of Islands in the most appropriate way I can think of, by tall-ship.
See you all again soon.
(c) Lemuel Lyes