Author Archives: esotericnz

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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Suicide Bombing at Murchison, 1905

Murchison suicide bombing a world first Forget Islamic extremists or anything to do with the Middle East, the world’s first strapped-on suicide bombing happened in Murchison. Joseph Sewell was a 57-year-old farmer from Longford when he strapped himself with sticks … Continue reading

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Curse work on Germany, 1916

Unconscious/semi-conscious curse working on Germany from the pages of the Taranaki Daily News. Some Great sympathetic magic here; when will they fall? when the clock strikes. How will they fall? like over ripe fruit. Through narrative causality their strength is … Continue reading

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Vera Wyse Munro, Radio Pioneer

Vera Wyse Munro (1897-1966) was a pioneering New Zealand ham radio broadcaster, improviser, and sonic experimenter. Her primary media were amateur radio broadcasts, Morse poetry, and sono-topographical scores. Via her broadcasts, which were frequently received by amateur radio operators as … Continue reading

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Concept for a “processional way” for new Auckland war memorial

The project will see a “processional way” built down the grassy bank in front of the Auckland War Memorial Museum to Domain Drive. Photo / Supplied New war memorial designs questioned (Jan 9, 2016) Outside of this blogs usual chronological concerns … Continue reading

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Some pieces relating to blackbirding from New Zealand papers

At first relatively small ships – cutters, and ketches, and schooners – from New Zealand’s more northerly ports made up the bulk of the Kiwi blackbirding fleet, but as time went on, and the profits to be made from the … Continue reading

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Evil eye on the train

Waikato Times WAIKATO TIMES, VOLUME XXXVII, ISSUE 3036, 31 DECEMBER 189 https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WT18911231.2.10 With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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Pirates in New Zealand

Taken from Wikipedia: Charlotte Badger Charlotte Badger (1778 – in or after 1818) is widely considered to be the first Australian female pirate. She was also one of the first two white female settlers in New Zealand. Badger was born … Continue reading

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The New Zealander of the future

Part of the impetus behind this blog is to underline moments of unfulfilled potential in the overlooked literary output of this country. When that potential is couched in a body of irredeemable dreck the question of whether the author is capable of … Continue reading

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