Category: Regional History

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 […]

Greetings from Wellington

I started this post as an innocent attempt to share a beautiful vintage postcard of Wellington but somehow ended up giving myself a crash course on the introduction of electric street lighting to New Zealand cities.  It is a subject that proved to be rather illuminating…  First, here […]

What is Postal History?

It is time to introduce another one of my collections to you, the one which is more responsible than any other for introducing me to the exciting world of ephemera.  That is probably a sentence that you haven’t seen before.  Here is another one.  Postmarks can open portals […]

1912 Ball Invitation

Wednesday July 24th 1912 was a fairly unremarkable day.  No liners collided with icebergs, no Archdukes were assassinated and no Kings were crowned.  But today does mark a special centenary that I thought I’d share with you. It was one hundred years ago today that the Lyttelton Railway […]

History on the Rocks

History, the weather and the sea are all muses of mine – which is why this postcard is one of my favourites.  It shows stormy waves pounding Nelson’s Rocks Road, a scene that I’m very familiar with. Nelson was founded in 1841 by the New Zealand Land Company […]