Author Archives: esotericnz

Weird Woman

POLICE COURT.—THIS DAY. AUCKLAND STAR, VOLUME IX, ISSUE 2442, 19 JANUARY 1878 https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS18780119.2.13 With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

Posted in Crime | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Guy Fawkes Effigy 1919

“Nancy makes the acquaintance of Guy Fawkes”: ‘Our second visit to the Hatuma farm, Oct – Nov 1919’. From the album: Family photograph album; 1917 – 1920; Adkin, Leslie, 5 November 1919, New Zealand, by Leslie Adkin. Gift of Adkin … Continue reading

Posted in civic religion | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Glimpses into Spirit Life – a rare book of spiritualist seances

Images from ‘Glimpses into Spirit Life’ (1927), a New Zealand published book of records of spirit communications in the mold of 1909’s ‘Occult Research, Reincarnation, Life in Other Planets & Antiquity Unveiled by Spirit Intelligences’.

Posted in Alternative Religion | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dunedin Cenotaph’s that might have been

A picture of the accepted plan for the cenotaph, featuring frescoes and bronze figures that were not included in the final design due to a lack of funds. Some notes from the judge of the competition held to pick the … Continue reading

Posted in Art, War | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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.

Posted in Crime | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Interpreting Myth | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Raising the Devil

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

Posted in Magic | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

“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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.  Typically they will consist of a … Continue reading

Posted in Magic | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Taranaki Highwayman Robert Wallath 1893

Image | Posted on | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment