Tag: first world war

View from the top of the Southern Alps, looking across the West Coast to the Tasman Sea.  Here lies the infamous Alpine Fault, which last ruptured 300 years ago.
© Lemuel Lyes

2017 Historical Anniversaries

Well somehow another year has passed so, as usual, here is a list of upcoming anniversaries to look out for. Some international ones and some local New Zealand dates as well, some notable ones and some others that will likely pass with little commemoration.

Egyptian Postcard sent to New Zealand in December 1914
Lemuel Lyes Collection

WW1 Postcard: The Search for Trooper Harvey

As my regular readers will already be aware, among my collection of historical ephemera, military memorabilia and postal history are several albums of postcards sent by soldiers during the First World War. This year marks the centenary of the start of that conflict, so I’ll be sharing more […]

Silver Fern and Kiwi on cover of First World War stationary kit
Lemuel Lyes Collection

Flag Debate: The Silver Fern

Prime Minister John Key recently reignited the debate about New Zealand’s national flag.  The same old arguments for and against any change are already being trundled out and so I thought I’d add my two pence.  I’m not yet entirely convinced that change is needed at all, but […]

French Warship, Port Said 1917

A Mystery Ship in Port Said

As a follow-up to my earlier post on the HMAS Encounter I thought I’d share another photograph from the same collection.  Last time the identity of the ship was written on the back of the image by the photographer, but this time I know a lot less about […]