Category Archives: Crime

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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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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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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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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Apologia for Lionel Terry From the New Zealand Herald

Edward Lionel Terry (1873-20 August 1952) was a New Zealand white supremacist and murderer, incarcerated in psychiatric institutions after murdering a Chinese immigrant, Mr. Joe Kum Yung, in Wellington, New Zealand in 1905 Maud Peacocke is likely: Inez Isabel Maud … Continue reading

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Giant Bones Found Near Christchurch

FIND OF HUMAN BONES. Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume XVI, Issue 6093, 21 November 1898, Page 2     http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=TH18981119.2.16&srpos=6&e=——-10–1—-0giant+bones– With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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Cause Célèbre

WALTER WEST DIES. Feilding Star, Volume XI, Issue 2576, 6 March 1915, Page 4   http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=FS19150306.2.33&srpos=6&e=——-10–1—-0%22walter+west%22– Story: Parkinson, Alice May Alice May Parkinson’s conviction and imprisonment for manslaughter became acause célèbre in New Zealand in the years before 1920. Born on … Continue reading

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