Convicts in New Zealand

Congratulations to prolific historian, writer and blogger Matthew Wright on the launch of his latest book, Convicts – New Zealand’s Hidden Criminal Past. Any book that features convicts, piracy, tall-ships AND cannibalism will automatically get my seal of approval but to have someone with the experience and ability […]

Japanese Invasion Money

I once read somewhere that if a country is invaded then it takes over a hundred years for the wounds to fully heal.  It is as if occupying forces can leave invisible scars on the towns, cities, roads, bridges and fields. Once lost, innocence is difficult to regain. […]

Life is just one damned thing after another

I’ve got an exciting series of posts coming up soon on life in wartime New Zealand including a guide to surviving aerial bombardments, a look at the threat of Japanese attacks and the resulting American invasion.  Speaking of which – this month marks the 70th anniversary of the […]

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 […]