Author Archives: esotericnz

O.E. Hugo, Spiritualist.

O.E. Hugo, who wrote two of the more convincing hymns to the ancient gods that were produced in 19th century New Zealand, seems to have been a colourful character. Like many of the eccentrics who provide material for this blog, … Continue reading

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Superstitions of Criminals

These generalised recountings of superstition and folklore, presumably from Britain but not clearly marked as such (for example in this article where only the first incident, which states it’s location, in clearly labelled as having come from an overseas source) … Continue reading

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House of Dreams

HOUSE OF DREAMS. NEW ZEALAND HERALD, VOLUME LXVII, ISSUE 20484, 8 FEBRUARY 1930, SUPPLEMENT https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19300208.2.178.45.2?query=lares%20shrine With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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Maori Prophet and Temple

Tūhoe prophet, Rua Kēnana Hepetipa, and his temple, 1908.

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Cold Blooded Murder

A further story from John Wilson’s ‘Reminiscences of the Early Settlement of Dunedin and South Otago‘. The context suggests this story takes place in the 1860s. A report of a double murder at Switzers reached Blatch at Clutha. Two brothers, named Tibbetts. had a station at Switzers. … Continue reading

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Omens of Succession

Another tale from John Wilson’s ‘Reminiscences of the Early Settlement of Dunedin and South Otago‘. The Nicols, father and son. took a contract to build a bridge and an accommodation house at the Mataura River. Not having seen the place, they had to trust to the … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of Knife Fights with Wild Dogs

A recollection from John Wilson’s ‘Reminiscences of the Early Settlement of Dunedin and South Otago‘. The following account is given by Mr. Matthew Marshall, a passenger by the “Philip Laing” in 1848, and relates to the time 1852) when he was shepherding for Edwin Meredith … Continue reading

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