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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 […]

Bill Morris – Mud

I’m interrupting the usual ephemeral broadcasts to share some breaking news.  Talented Dunedin musician and all round good sort Bill Morris has released a music video for his upcoming album “Mud”. Bill has a healthy grounding in the real, the raw and the rugged – and that earthy […]

Witness to a Gold Rush

This is an original receipt from 1886 for one year’s subscription to a weekly newspaper called the Otago Witness.  Twenty-five years earlier this very newspaper printed what is arguably New Zealand’s most influential letter to an editor… The date was 8th June 1861 and the author of the […]

What is Ephemera?

What exactly is Ephemera?  Why collect it and what can we learn from it?  This is the story of the little pieces of paper that fly in and out of your life on a daily basis.  Right now you are probably surrounded by it! ‘Ephemera’ is a word […]

Welcome to History Geek

This is the beginning!  After several years of mutterings, excuses and hot cups of apathy I have finally arrived in the blogosphere. I’m really excited about this and am looking forward to sharing some of my passions and interests with whomever might enjoy them. I have a passion […]