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Onward: Portraits of the NZEF

The centenary of the First World War is rapidly approaching and it is exciting to see the many different ways that the ‘war to end all wars’ will be remembered.  Museum exhibitions, memorials, books, television shows, digitization projects, social media campaigns and much more.  Importantly, many of these […]

Premiere: The Drowning Country

A unique New Zealand story is hitting the big screen this weekend – Caroline Fitzgerald’s film ‘The Drowning Country’ tells the amazing story of how her great-grandmother revolutionised life jacket designs in the wake of the sinking of the Titanic. Orpheus Beaumont always had a close connection with […]

Christchurch 1907: A Tale of Two Towers

Last week I talked about the giant water chute that was a star attraction at the 1906/7 N.Z. Exhibition in Hagley Park, Christchurch.  This is a follow-up post of sorts, but mostly just an excuse to share some seriously awesome photos of one of the Exhibition towers being […]

Battlefield Guide: Kororareka 1845

I’ve previously posted battlefield guides for two of the most famous battlefields in Europe; Omaha Beach and Waterloo.  Today’s guide is for a lesser known battlefield, but one that is a lot closer to home – at the top of the North Island of New Zealand.  Known today […]

South Island Ski Holiday 1933

At the start of the year I posted this series of summer snapshots taken by English tourists passing through sunny Nelson in 1933.  Here are a few more snapshots from their New Zealand holiday, this time showing what they got up to that winter. Eighty years ago the […]