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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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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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Joseph Ward, Penny Dreadfuls and Phallic Worship

A SECRET SOCIETY. NZ Truth , Issue 215, 7 August 1909, Page 7 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=NZTR19090807.2.43&srpos=25&e=——-100–1—-2secret+brotherhood– Aldine Publishing Co., London, 1903. 1st Edition. TRUE BLUE LIBRARY. [Published Every Saturday]. ** 32 pages per issue. THE HUG OF THE BEAR plus 11 other … Continue reading

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“The Silver Skulls” -A Society to Murder Mothers.

” The Silver Skulls”-A Society to Murder Mothers. Auckland Star, Volume XVII, Issue 100, 1 May 1886, Page 5 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=AS18860501.2.82&srpos=3&e=——-100–1—-0cursed+cave– This incident lead to an article decrying the pernicious effects of penny dreadfuls

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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 Legion of Frontiersmen in New Zealand

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=EP19360320.2.52.1&srpos=32&e=——-10–31—-2legion+of+frontiersmen– Mentioned due to their involvement in the Victor Penny death ray story,  the Legion of Frontiersmen was an organisation existing throughout the British Empire,  originally founded with the purpose of providing a core of local scouts and guides capable of aiding … Continue reading

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F-rays will end war forever!

Pacifist fever dream or the embryonic stirrings of mutually assured destruction, gestating deep in the new faith in science’s ability to solve man’s ills? Or was this simply clutching at any possibility of averting the upcoming war? EXIT WAR. Star , Issue 10938, … Continue reading

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