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A Mystery Ship in Port Said

As a follow-up to my earlier post on the HMAS Encounter I thought I’d share another photograph from the same collection.  Last time the identity of the ship was written on the back of the image by the photographer, but this time I know a lot less about […]

Ready for the Party 1941

First of all, apologies for the brief absence on the blog front.  I’ve been rather busy lately with the exception of an uncharacteristic migraine which waited until Otago’s regional holiday before ambushing me and rendering me useless, but I can’t complain, at least I’m not off to war […]

Collecting vs. Hoarding

As my regular followers are aware, I’m a collector of ephemera, postcards, photographs and all sorts of historical memorabilia. The collecting isn’t completely unrestrained though.  In an effort to avoid becoming one of those hoarders that feature on reality T.V. shows I have three key rules in place […]

Some Silly Census Questions from 1910

It is census day here in New Zealand, when we share all our personal information with our overlords so they can make lots of pretty graphs.  Personally I’m particularly annoyed that I’ve only just now realised that one of the questions asks “On Tuesday 5 March, what was […]

Introducing Some Fantastic Blogs

I’ve been blogging for about ten months now and one of the fantastic parts of the experience has been the exchange of ideas and stories with fellow bloggers.  It is inspiring to see so many passionate people sharing our past in different ways and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed becoming […]

Bay of Islands by Tall Ship

As mentioned in my previous post, I was recently fortunate enough to spend some time in the Bay of Islands.  It is a long way to travel from Dunedin, but I happened to be in Warkworth to attend Kiwi Foo Camp and while in the area decided to take […]

History Geek Update

I’m publishing this post from Russell, formerly the infamous Kororareka, or hellhole of the Pacific. Once upon a time this beach was home to drunkards, whalers, crimps, sailors, prostitutes, grog shop owners and other rogues both lovable and not. It was witness to duels, brawls and even wars. […]