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Glimpses into Spirit Life – a rare book of spiritualist seances

Images from ‘Glimpses into Spirit Life’ (1927), a New Zealand published book of records of spirit communications in the mold of 1909’s ‘Occult Research, Reincarnation, Life in Other Planets & Antiquity Unveiled by Spirit Intelligences’.

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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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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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Druidic Lore and Halloween Custom

By John Pbnnell. Otago Witness , Issue 2227, 5 November 1896, Page 49 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=OW18961105.2.226&srpos=47&e=——-100–1—-0occult+ritual– Interestingly “John Pennell” seems to be the pseudonym of a New Zealand author, suggesting that this is an original work rather than (as is typical of … Continue reading

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The Waihola Ghost

The Waihola Ghost Bruce Herald, Volume XXIX, Issue 2983, 5 August 1898, Page 5   http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=BH18980805.2.34&srpos=17&e=——-10–11—-0possessed+ghost– We can find no evidence of the existence of Mr. Zubwobski… though a Waihola cricketer of a century ago isn’t necessarily going to leave … Continue reading

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Wizard in the “Gall of Satan”

From H. Beatties’ Traditions and Legends of the Natives of Murihiku. (Southland, New Zealand) from the Journal of the Polynesian Society volume 28 No: 112 Merehau, a tohuka, who resided usually in the Port Molyneux district was living when the white settlers came. He … Continue reading

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Madness in the Courthouse

  POLICE COURT.—This Day.   Auckland Star, Volume X, Issue 2840, 4 June 1879, Page 3   With thanks to the national library of New Zealand http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=AS18790604.2.18&srpos=113&e=——-100–101—-2magic+spell–

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A Hostile Spirit

One of the more dramatic encounters and one of the more vivid descriptions of an Atua (Māori Dictionary definition) we have discovered in our reasearches. This story was reprinted in several papers in a truncated form (some of which have better reproduction) but … Continue reading

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