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James Cox, Carterton and me

My blog has been silent for too long. Here is a llttle restarter, about my fellow Carterton resident, James Cox

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The Remarkable Wiltshires - Another Look

 I've found a new photograph of Joseph and Catherine Wiltshire, professional pedestrians in the 1870s. I've written about them before, and here is a bit more.

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Our Most Maligned Book?

I have been reading Joyous Pilgrimage (1935) by Ian Donnelly

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Royal Tricyclists, Colonial Cracks, and more - Sport and Leisure up North

I've been researching up north, North-West England that is. Here's a short piece about it

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The Remarkable Mr Godber

Here is a blog about the remarkable Percy Godber of Petone. Originally it was a column for FishHead magazine, but I got carried away and added in lots more images. 

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Capital Characters : Wellington Portraits from Then to Now

Through the first half of 2015 I was working on an exhibition for the New Zealand Portrait Gallery - Capital Characters: Wellington Portraits from Then to Now (11 June - 23 August 2015). Here is a blog about it.

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At Karaka Bay

This photograph has long intrigued me - of the forgotten Maori settlement in nineteenth-century Karaka Bay

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Stone Knapping with James Cox, Autumn 1915

I've just about completed two years of tweets from Wairarapa labourer James Cox - part of the WW100 Life in NZ 100 years ago project.  In the autumn of 1915, though, war was the last thing on Cox's mind.

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The Fastest Woman in the World

Next weekend are the national track and field championships at Newtown Park in Wellington. There will be some good racing there. Here is another FishHead piece to set the scene.

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Agnes Bennett, motorist

I haven't done a blog post since October! I've certainly been busy. I must write about that. In the meantime here is one of my FishHead half-pagers I rather enjoyed doing

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Chasing George Smith - Dispatch from Oldham

I have been searching through the archives of England, tracking down the sporting life of George Smith. Here is my dispatch from Lancashire

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The Mysterious Mr Darnoc

A researcher has discovered the identity of the mysterious Mr Darnoc, creator of a remarkable proposal for the Wellington waterfront in 1877.

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The War begins...

As all New Zealand knows by now World War I started one hundred years ago, and we are now entering a long and gruelling campaign of war commemoration. Here is my tiny contribution to the war effort. From now on, though, I think I'll be a conscientious objector. 

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Chasing George Smith

Read all about George Smith, New Zealand's greatest-ever sport star. Well, arguably so. Certainly one of the greatest. I've been fascinated by his story for a long time, and now I've finally started to do the research. Here are some highlights. 

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Alleyways

Here is my latest FishHead pictorial piece, written after a summer's day wander around the backstreets of Wellington

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Te Karo Bay, 1842

For several years now, on and off, I've been working on the journals of Thomas Laslett, timber surveyor for the Royal Navy, all about his search for masts and spars around northern New Zealand through the 1830s and 1840s.  As part of my research I have long wanted to wander some of the sites he describes. In May I finally made my first such excursion, to Te Karo Bay, just north of Tairua on the Coromandel coast.

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The Wonderful Miss Wilford

Here is my latest FishHead pictorial piece - a promotion, really, for the new exhibition, The Limelight Moment, now on at the Turnbull Gallery. It is another in what is proving to be a fine run of exhibitions. The Gallery deserves to be better known.

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The Lost History of Bill Sticking

Every month I do a Wellington piece for FishHead magazine. There is not much to them, just a few paragraphs accompanying a Turnbull Library image. Most of them go up on my Wellingtonians flickr site. However, that site only takes single images and sometimes the columns include a several-image collage. Here is one from several months back.  

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Farewell to the Turnbull (and welcome back again)

Friday 28 March was my last day as Manuscripts Curator at the Alexander Turnbull Library. There was a good party, food, wine and speeches. Read all about it. And there is a chance for you to win a free book as well....

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Mark's Poem

Last Friday was my big farewell after twenty-five years at the Turnbull Library. There is a blog coming about that. But first here is a farewell poem from Mark Pirie, friend, fine poet, and fellow test cricket enthusiast

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Argo, Anzac Day and a Tweeting Swagman

To start off my new blog here are some posts from my last year at the Turnbull Library - about Argo, Anzac Day, and a labourer's life in the Wairarapa.

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