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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.  Typically 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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Sunlight League bill

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The Tattwa Tide Calculator

A Tattwa Tide Calculator, used to calculate the exact times that the astral tides are in flux and reflux, made by a member of Whare Ra. More information can be found HERE.

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MOTOR CRIME GANG.

A rare case of gang crime in inter-war New Zealand NEW ZEALAND HERALD, VOLUME LXIV, ISSUE 19818, 13 DECEMBER 1927   https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/NZH19271213.2.129?query=mcgregor%20barnett With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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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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