Tag Archives: New Zealand Social History

Reminiscences of Knife Fights with Wild Dogs

A recollection from John Wilson’s ‘Reminiscences of the Early Settlement of Dunedin and South Otago‘. The following account is given by Mr. Matthew Marshall, a passenger by the “Philip Laing” in 1848, and relates to the time 1852) when he was shepherding for Edwin Meredith … 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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Vera Wyse Munro, Radio Pioneer

Vera Wyse Munro (1897-1966) was a pioneering New Zealand ham radio broadcaster, improviser, and sonic experimenter. Her primary media were amateur radio broadcasts, Morse poetry, and sono-topographical scores. Via her broadcasts, which were frequently received by amateur radio operators as … 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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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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The New Zealander of the future

Part of the impetus behind this blog is to underline moments of unfulfilled potential in the overlooked literary output of this country. When that potential is couched in a body of irredeemable dreck the question of whether the author is capable 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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Aspects of Civic Religion – ANZAC Day 2015

Documentation of the the public ritual marking 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. There always feels like a sharp delineation at dawn services between the civil aspect, drawn  from a combination of military tradition and the final impulses of the … Continue reading

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A Cultural Transmission from Maori to Pakeha

SUPERSTITIOUS SETTLERS. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXI, Issue 18600, 7 January 1924, Page 8   This is similar to warnings about Tapu contributors to this blog received from inhabitants of Stewart Island in the 1990’s. With thanks to the National Library … Continue reading

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Hero Worship

HERO WORSHIP. Otago Witness , Issue 2135, 24 January 1895, Page 46 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=OW18950124.2.178.2&srpos=140&e= With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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