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 […]

The Nieuw Zeeland in Sydney Harbour 1932

Nieuw Zeeland Tarts

August 29th 1935 – The Dutch liner Nieuw Zeeland approaches the Australian coast, ending another routine voyage from Singapore.  The passengers are dining on delicacies such as Iced Asparagus with Remoulade Sauce and ‘Fantasie’ Ice Cream.  They have no idea that peaceful Pacific cruises will soon come to […]

Welcome to History Geek

This is the beginning!  After several years of mutterings, excuses and hot cups of apathy I have finally arrived in the blogosphere. I’m really excited about this and am looking forward to sharing some of my passions and interests with whomever might enjoy them. I have a passion […]