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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. […]

Kathleen’s Colonial Boys

Today I’m going to share one of the oldest postcards in my collection, one which also happens to include a message relating to New Zealanders fighting in the Boer War. It is one of a small group that I found in a junk shop as a teenager and […]

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. […]

It’s in the Bag

Today I’m going to share an iconic bit of New Zealand television history.  As far as televisual Kiwiana goes this is right up there with Thingee’s eye and little Ted’s severed head.  Well okay it might be a little below them on the awesomeness scale, but it is […]

2013 Anniversaries to Look Forward To

Happy New Year!  2013 has arrived and I thought this might be a good opportunity to take a look at what historical anniversaries are coming up this year.  Some I hope to blog about in more detail over the next 12 months in-between my regular ephemeral broadcasts. First […]

Cannibals in the Trenches

Time for a History Geek first, I’m blogging while traveling by bus from Christchurch to Dunedin. I haven’t used this Word Press app on my ipad before so apologies in advance for any poor formatting or embarrassing autocorrected text. So what is the topic of choice for my […]