PRESERVING PRODUCE

Sunday April 28, 2024

While April may be the cruellest month in the Northern hemisphere, in the Antipodes it’s the heart of autumn, and instead of new growth the mind turns to preservation.  The last of the stone fruit, vine-ripe tomatoes, figs, feijoas, peppers and lemons suddenly seem over-abundant. Preserving, and making chutneys and...

ADMIRAL BYRD & THE ANTARCTIC

Thursday April 25, 2024

Few explorers escape some sort of controversy, and Richard Byrd started out his extraordinary career of exploration by claiming to have been the first to fly over the North Pole in 1926. Evidence since then suggests that he got close but not near enough, and was probably guilty of fudging...

TRAVEL POSTERS

Tuesday January 30, 2024
These original New Zealand posters, from the 1930s, issued by the NZ Railways or NZ tourist agencies, were very much of an international style used at the same time to promote travel in the Mediterranean, the Near East, and Europe. They were often associated with specific tourist spots
and hotels.
We are...

CRICKET, THE ASHES, CRICKETING RECORDS & PEOPLE, & MISS ROSELIE DEANE

Tuesday June 20, 2023

The Ashes are underway. This is one of the most engaging of international sporting contests, England versus Australia, the home country versus the rowdy colonists. Except of course that this year the England coach and captain are both Kiwi colonial boys.

We have some early cricket related autograph letters/signatures, plus...

MOUNTAINEERING IN NEW ZEALAND

Thursday June 1, 2023

As we celebrate 70 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquered Mt Everest, last week, only 6 years before, on Jan 1947, Hillary and his climbing partner Harry Ayres, stood on the summit of Mt Cook in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Hillary’s training ground along many fine mountaineers who...

EARLY NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY

Monday May 1, 2023

In 1848, the first daguerreotype made in New Zealand was attempted, that of Eliza Grey, wife of Governor George.  It failed, but shortly after, studios were established in Wellington and one in Auckland set up by Isaac Polack, nephew of Joel Polack, the early trader and writer.

 In 1866 Walter...

CHARLES DICKENS

Wednesday March 1, 2023

Charles Dickens was the great Victorian entertainer!     His books usually first came out in serial form, holding his readers in suspense, issue after issue. They were then collected and published as bound copies, filling the shelves of libraries on both sides of the Atlantic.

 The first editions of his novels...

WAITANGI DAY

Wednesday February 1, 2023

As Waitangi Day approaches, we might wonder what the Bay of Islands looked like at the time.

 This panorama, was designed by artist Robert Burford,. and first exhibited on a huge scale, in 1838, in London’s Leicester Square, for the admittance fee of one shilling.

 Our original 1841 woodcut double...

TENNIS

Sunday January 1, 2023

As the Australian Open hits headlines, we deal with TENNIS in a past era from our varied stock

 Between the wars, one of the centres of London social life was Sussex Lodge, home of Sophie, Lady Wavertree (later married to  New Zealand tennis player and politician F.M.B. Fisher, living in New...