Tag: new zealand history

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.

Police approaching Maungapohatu, to arrest Rua Kenana. Ref: 1/2-028071-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22835478

2016 Historical Anniversaries

To start the new year on History Geek I’ve put together a list of some local and international historical anniversaries to watch out for over the next twelve months. Some are well-known, but I’ve included a few lesser known events as well.

the drowning country

Premiere: The Drowning Country

A unique New Zealand story is hitting the big screen this weekend – Caroline Fitzgerald’s film ‘The Drowning Country’ tells the amazing story of how her great-grandmother revolutionised life jacket designs in the wake of the sinking of the Titanic. Orpheus Beaumont always had a close connection with […]

Sketch made on 17th July 1863

Scrivener, Henry Ambrose, 1842-1906. Scrivener, Henry Ambrose, 1842-1906 :First encampment at Drury. 17 July 1863. Naval encampment of landing party from HMS Harrier... 1863.. Scrivener, Henry Ambrose, 1842-1906 :First encampment at Drury. 17 July 1863. Naval encampment of landing party from HMS Harrier... 1863; and (on verso) Nukulau Island, Fiji Islands. 1861... Ref: B-064-025. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22655199

150 Years Ago: The Waikato Invasion

Today marks one hundred and fifty years since the first skirmishes of the Waikato Invasion were fought.  I’m not an expert on the subject but it feels wrong to not acknowledge such an important date in New Zealand’s history.  It isn’t about celebrating; it is about commemorating and […]