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“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.

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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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New Zealand troops with tanks, World War One

New Zealand troops march with Whippet light tanks on the first day of (the tanks) deployment, during the spring offensive 1918

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Nemesis as the goddess of vengeance

From Notes & Queries.,Freethought Review, Volume I, Issue 9, 1 June 1884 https://beta.paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/periodicals/FRERE18840601.2.17 With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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Segement from ‘The disappearance of letham crouch’

A segment from ‘The disappearance of letham crouch‘ by Chas Owen an early (the earliest I am currently aware of) example of ‘consciously’ horror fiction in New Zealand. Inhabiting the borderland between weird fiction and the ghost story, the evocative little … Continue reading

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Electric Birds: a Scientific Romance

A humourous tale of magnetic emus and polar exploration from “The Huia: A New Zealand Annual” Dec. 1903

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