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Two Meloncholy Deaths

SOCIAL AND GENERAL. OTAGO DAILY TIMES, ISSUE 11419, 10 MAY 1899 https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ODT18990510.2.4 With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand.

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The priesthood of Diana in the Waikato Times

Extract from: THE TRUTH PERCEIVERS. WAIKATO TIMES, VOLUME 98, ISSUE 15335, 8 SEPTEMBER 1923 A STRANGE PRIESTHOOD. WAIKATO TIMES, VOLUME 98, ISSUE 15341, 15 SEPTEMBER 1923 THE TRUTH PERCEIVERS. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WT19230908.2.94.4? A STRANGE PRIESTHOOD. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WT19230915.2.89.3? With thanks to the National Library … Continue reading

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Raising the Devil

AUCKLAND STAR, VOLUME XVII, ISSUE 160, 10 JULY 1886 With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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“Magic Box” Fortune Telling Wall Game

Spotted for sale within NZ recently, this Wall Game would probably have been in a fish & chip shop or at one of the old Carnival Fairs.

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Popular Magic Handbooks Available in New Zealand 1850-1935

Advertisements for various fortune telling handbooks of the kind sold in the UK as chapbooks. The national library of Scotland as well as the internet archive have large collections, readable online, of these books. ┬áTypically they will consist of a … Continue reading

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Taranaki Highwayman Robert Wallath 1893

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The Head of William Jarvey, Murderer

This plaster death mask of William Jarvey was taken after his execution at Dunedin Gaol, 1865   THE OTAGO DAILY TIMES MONDAY MAY 8, 1899. OTAGO DAILY TIMES, ISSUE 11417, 8 MAY 1899 https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/ODT18990508.2.30?query=executed%20skull&sort_by=byDA&items_per_page=100&page=2&start_date=01-01-1862&end_date=31-12-1903&snippet=true&title=EP,ODT An account of Jarvey’s execution. Some … Continue reading

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