Guy Fawkes Day 1912

Guy Fawkes Day is among New Zealand’s most bizarre commemorations.  For my international readers, here it is the only time of year when anyone of a “responsible” age can buy and let off fireworks.  The reason for such merriment – to commemorate this foiled plot to blow up […]

Tall Ship Lost to Hurricane

Tempests, waterspouts, thunderstorms and hurricanes have throughout the centuries struck fear into the hearts of many a brave sailor.  The image of a tall ship battling against the relentless elements will be familiar to fans of maritime historical fiction such as works by Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester.  […]

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 […]

Postcard from Gallipoli

Today I thought I’d share a postcard that has a particularly fascinating story.  It was sent by a New Zealander who was fighting in the trenches at Gallipoli. For my non-antipodean readers the Gallipoli campaign was this ill-fated Allied attempt to knock Turkey out of the First World […]

History Geek’s First Award!!!

I have some good news!  I’ve been awarded the ‘Liebster Award’ by Matthew Wright.  He runs a fantastic blog on writing techniques, the publishing industry, science fiction and all sorts of insightful musings – dare I say it laced with an appropriate dose of geekiness.  It is quite […]