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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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Cause Célèbre

WALTER WEST DIES. Feilding Star, Volume XI, Issue 2576, 6 March 1915, Page 4   http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=FS19150306.2.33&srpos=6&e=——-10–1—-0%22walter+west%22– Story: Parkinson, Alice May Alice May Parkinson’s conviction and imprisonment for manslaughter became acause célèbre in New Zealand in the years before 1920. Born on … Continue reading

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Decapitation of a Witch

Untitled Southland Times , Issue 2366, 6 May 1876, Page 2 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=ST18760506.2.11&srpos=11&e=——-10–11—-2the+goddess+minerva– With Thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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Madness and Murder at Ormondville

Two accounts, one from those those who discovered the scene, and one from the murderer describing the experience DISTRESSING MURDER AT ORMONDVILLE. Otago Daily Times , Issue 6876, 29 February 1884, Page 2 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=ODT18840229.2.54 THE ORMONDVILLE TRAGEDY. Oamaru Mail, Volume … Continue reading

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