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 […]

WW1 British Machine Gunners wearing gas helmets

Why the Interest in War?

Those of you who know me might be surprised that I’ve managed half a dozen posts before posting a photo of a machine gun.  (The picture above is an original World War One postcard printed by the Daily Mail and shows two British machine gunners on the Western […]

Adieu, Adieu, My Native Shore

This snapshot of history is an original photograph of a ship called the SS Kumara.  Its story includes hundreds of thousands of carcasses, an insight into the beginnings of an invaluable industry and a debate over how comfortable life would be in a floating freezer. The birth of […]

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 […]