Category Archives: History

Palpitating moments in Gore

I do love the Papers Past online collection of old New Zealand newspapers. Often, when using it for historical research, I find unrelated bonus stories that tickle my fancy. Today, in the 13 November 1900 edition of the Mataura Ensign, … Continue reading

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A model sister

I accidentally came across this gem in the New Zealand Spectator and Cook’s Strait Guardian, 23 June 1849, at the National Library’s marvellous Papers Past website. Just the thing for young women to send to their brothers to encourage their … Continue reading

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National Library redevelopment has much to recommend it

(Published in the Dominion-Post, 20/4/09) As a long-time user of the National and Alexander Turnbull libraries with an affection for the place, I share some of former Turnbull chief librarian Jim Traue’s misgivings about the redevelopment. But not many. In … Continue reading

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Samuel Pepys

Yesterday a colleague told me one of his daily joys was reading the diary of Samuel Pepys. Every day my colleague gets an email containing the ‘current’ diary entry (the correct month and day, but from three and a half  … Continue reading

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