Category: Regional History

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 […]

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 […]

Big Fish, Little Person

This week two television documentaries I worked on premiered in the United States as part of Discovery Channel’s high-profile ‘Shark Week’.  My job on these shows was to track down and get permission to use any video footage or photographs that we wanted to include.  I don’t blog […]

J-Walking at Wellington Airport

Today I have another couple of envelopes and another story, this time from wartime Wellington – a city that has had a bit of a shaky time lately. I came across this pair of covers (fancy philately term for used envelopes) back when I was a teenager.  At […]

Flying to the Taieri

Today I thought I’d share a snippet of aviation history that I found during some “front-line” ephemera collecting.  It also has a bit of cricket geekery thrown in for good measure along with a D-Day reference AND a tropical cyclone. In the digital age most of my collecting […]

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. […]

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 […]

Dunedin Botanic Gardens in 3D

One of my geeky obsessions is stereographic photography.  This interest manifests itself in the form of a personal museum of historical stereoscopic photographs and examples of 3D viewing devices ranging from an original 19th century wooden viewer through to an aircraft recognition training tool from the Second World […]