Category Archives: FolkLore

Mirror Magic in the NZ Herald

MIRROR MAGIC. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXI, Issue 18825, 27 September 1924, Page 6   http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=NZH19240927.2.148.57.9&srpos=6&e=——-10–1—-0aphrodite+goddess–

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Tree Worship

some frazarian speculations from the Northen Advocate  , attesting to  the interest in the origin of custom common to the late 19th and early 20th century TIMELY TOPICS Northern Advocate , 30 May 1925, Page 9   http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=NA19250530.2.69.3&srpos=4&e=——-10–1—-2dion+fortune– with thanks … Continue reading

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A missed opportunity: Classical place names lost

MAORI PLACE-NAMES. Auckland Star, Volume LV, Issue 75, 28 March 1924, Page 3 With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=AS19240328.2.15&srpos=60&e=——-100–1—-0surveyor+styx–

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An Amazing Fairy Tale From 1892

New Zealand’s literary output, especially in the 19th century is (largely justifiably) considered to be of little importance (outside of some examples of Utopian scientific romances) and poor quality, which is why the discovery of this overlooked tale commissioned for the Otago witness was such a pleasant surprise,  coming as it … Continue reading

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Dunedin Druids

Photos of the Dunedin branch of the United Ancient Order of Druids  c.1890s-1920s, a selection of those held by the Hocken library. Also see the picture in this link.

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A Madmans Verse

Page 14 Observer, Volume 7, Issue 337, 23 May 1885, Page 14   With thanks to the national library of New Zealand http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=TO18850523.1.14&e=——-100-TO-1—-0burning+%22they+say%22–

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Moon Musings

ON MOONLIGHT. Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7020, 23 March 1888, Page 2   with thanks to the national library of New Zealand http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=CHP18880323.2.4

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A transmission of myth

A seemingly innocuous retelling of the classical myth of the Ages of man, in the girls column of the children’s page of the Auckland star, wrapped in the cloying tweeness of the lexicon of writing for children that prevailed for most of the 20th century. … Continue reading

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New Zealand Gothic: Weird excerpts from Tui’s Annual

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A Taniwha Saga

The Waikato Alligator Story. Evening Post, Volume XXXII, Issue 120, 5 October 1886, Page 2 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=EP18861005.2.18&srpos=3&e=——-10–1—-2the+waikato+alligator– THE WAIKATO ALLIGATOR AGAIN. Taranaki Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 7206, 26 October 1886, Page 2 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=TH18861026.2.31&srpos=2&e=——-10–1—-2the+waikato+alligator– THE WAIKATO ALLIGATOR Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXIX, Issue … Continue reading

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