Tag: Dunedin

Snowpocalypse 1863

Right now the South Island is in a state of panic with news of the approaching snow storm.  The Red Cross is on standby, warnings are bombarding the masses from every conceivable angle and supermarkets are running low on bread, milk and romcom DVD box sets as people […]

Dunedin Botanic Gardens in 3D

One of my geeky obsessions is stereographic photography.  This interest manifests itself in the form of a personal museum of historical stereoscopic photographs and examples of 3D viewing devices ranging from an original 19th century wooden viewer through to an aircraft recognition training tool from the Second World […]

What is Postal History?

It is time to introduce another one of my collections to you, the one which is more responsible than any other for introducing me to the exciting world of ephemera.  That is probably a sentence that you haven’t seen before.  Here is another one.  Postmarks can open portals […]

History Geek’s Opinion: Stadia

Regular ephemeral broadcasts will presume shortly, but after the relatively heavy topic of armoured warfare in third-world countries I feel that History Geek needs to take a brief swing into the realm of the slightly less serious.  So here is some history laced satire….

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 […]