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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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The Old Gods

THE OLD GODS. Auckland Star, Volume LX, Issue 130, 4 June 1929, Page 6 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=AS19290604.2.52&srpos=13&e=——-100–1—-0witch+goddess–

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Two Suns on the Horizon

Two cases of strange atmospheric phenomena recalled during a discussion about the observation of a double rainbow at the September 23rd meeting of the Wellington Philosophical Society, 1893. From Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 1 Jan, Page … Continue reading

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Two soldiers belonging to the New Zealand Rifle Brigade wearing two different types of gas mask.

The soldier in the helmet is wearing the British small box respiration that would become standard issue in 1917. the soldier on the left is wearing the Hypo Helmet respirator (location unknown) France 1916. Photograph Album of 26/35 2nd Lieutenant … Continue reading

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Electric Birds: a Scientific Romance

A humourous tale of magnetic emus and polar exploration from “The Huia: A New Zealand Annual” Dec. 1903

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Illustrations from ‘The Enchanted Packman’, New Zealand’s only pre-tolkien fantasy

From the Whitcombe’s Story Book book series, Written by Alister McClunie, Illustrated by Alice Polson. Polson also illustrated two books by Edith Howe as well as McClunie’s only other book ‘The adventures of Toby and Sphinx in Flowerland’. ‘The Enchanted … Continue reading

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THE TINY TREE Press, Volume LXX, Issue 21354, 22 December 1934, Page 17 http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=CHP19341222.2.133&e=——-100–201—-0psychic+monster– With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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The Situation of the Writer in New Zealand

Jane Mander author of ‘Story of a New Zealand River’ and Ngaio Marsh, famous crime novelist, on the cultural obstacles facing New Zealand writers in the 1930’s NEW ZEALAND NOVELS Press, Volume LXX, Issue 21348, 15 December 1934, Page 19 … 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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