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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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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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Superstitions of Criminals

These generalised recountings of superstition and folklore, presumably from Britain but not clearly marked as such (for example in this article where only the first incident, which states it’s location, in clearly labelled as having come from an overseas source) … Continue reading

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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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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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