Category: Regional History

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 […]

To Shave or Not to Shave

To mark the month of Movember I’ve got some prickly profile shots to share with you from my collection of 19th century Otago photographs, followed by a facial hair inspired parody written by a largely forgotten New Zealand poet. Sadly, the photographs I’m about to share are orphans […]