History (260)

A Very Publick Reserve: The Story of a Community's Parks

ISBN: 9780958261746

Author: Gareth Winter    Publisher: Wairarapa Archive

DoP 2009, NZ Masterton's Queen Elizabeth Park sits on a 'publick reserve' set aside when the town was first surveyed in 1854. It has hosted the town's stockade...


DoP 2009, NZ Masterton's Queen Elizabeth Park sits on a 'publick reserve' set aside when the town was first surveyed in 1854. It has hosted the town's stockade, the district's first Pastoral Show and, for a period in the 1920s, the world's fastest time for a mile run on a grass track. Gareth Winter, archivist and garden writer, traces the development of the park and its associated reserves, including the town cemetry, from its days as a rough paddock leased for grazing to today's expansive reserve. Along the way he tells of the man who dug his own grave, of the hunt for the corpse with a missing hand, the town's near-fatal fling with early ballooning and the thousands who gathered in the park for the many civic ceremonies held there. It tells how the park has developed and changed over the years, to meet the changing leisure needs of the community, while retaining the sense of a Victorian park, complete with towering trees.


Pages: 312


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 30-11-2008


Tags: New Zealand   History
$30.00
Canterbury Country Houses IV

ISBN: 9781877303241

Author: Rodney Wells    Publisher: The Caxton Press

There has never been a better time to discover and cherish Canterbury’s historic houses. Seventy more treasures can be found in this book. They are survivors ...


There has never been a better time to discover and cherish Canterbury’s historic houses. Seventy more treasures can be found in this book. They are survivors of threats both manmade and natural. Most stood strong during the Canterbury earthquakes. Others are now in need of repair. All deserve to have their story told and enjoyed.
This book is a beautifully illustrated account of 70 country houses located in Canterbury. Fine pen and ink drawings by renowned artist Rodney Wells are complemented by Vicky Heward’s text which is a wonderful insight into the people who have done much to shape the culture of our country.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 270 x 214 mm


Publication Date: 30-10-2012


$45.00
Canterbury Country Houses IV

ISBN: 9781877303258

Author: Rodney Wells    Publisher: The Caxton Press

There has never been a better time to discover and cherish Canterbury’s historic houses. Seventy more treasures can be found in this book. They are survivors ...


There has never been a better time to discover and cherish Canterbury’s historic houses. Seventy more treasures can be found in this book. They are survivors of threats both manmade and natural. Most stood strong during the Canterbury earthquakes. Others are now in need of repair. All deserve to have their story told and enjoyed.
This book is a beautifully illustrated account of 70 country houses located in Canterbury. Fine pen and ink drawings by renowned artist Rodney Wells are complemented by Vicky Heward’s text which is a wonderful insight into the people who have done much to shape the culture of our country.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 270 x 214 mm


Publication Date: 30-10-2012


$65.00
Reflections On Charming Creek

ISBN: 9780908573875

Author: Bill Prebble    Publisher: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society

The Charming Creek story is one of West Coast pioneering enterprise. Bothers Robert and George Watson, at the turn of the century set about extracting timber fr...


The Charming Creek story is one of West Coast pioneering enterprise. Bothers Robert and George Watson, at the turn of the century set about extracting timber from the Charming Creek valley by way of an incline over the Radcliffe Ridge. Slow, and hard on horses tasked for the job, they subsequently blasted a ledge through the spectacular Ngakawau Gorge for a new tramway. Morphing into a coal railway with the opening of the Charming Creek mine, this tramway ferried miners and workmen to the mine each workday in open coal trucks. The story of the men, this fledgling company, and how they coped with the Depression and war years, successive bridge failures, runaway trains, and a riot, add intrigue into an otherwise fascinating operation. Personal accounts from those that worked both the Charming Creek line and mine are well documented, together with photographs on some of these exploits. The final chapter features the current DOC walkway, written as a guide for those visiting this fabulous site, one of the little-known wonders of the West Coast.
77 B&W + 31 colour photographs


Bind: paperback


Pages: 188


Dimensions: 210 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 19-11-2012


$53.00
Military Quotations

ISBN: 9781849533270

Author: Hugh Draper    Publisher: Summersdale Publishers

From Charlemagne to Churchill, and from Agincourt to Trafalgar, history is rich with rousing rhetoric, inspiring quotations and heroic speeches from the most ce...


From Charlemagne to Churchill, and from Agincourt to Trafalgar, history is rich with rousing rhetoric, inspiring quotations and heroic speeches from the most celebrated military leaders. Whether applauding great victories or consoling troops in defeat, the words collected within this treasure trove provide a fascinating glimpse into the many unique experiences of war.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 116 x 182 mm


Publication Date: 25-11-2012


Tags: November 2012   History   Military
$29.99
Ripped Apart : A City In Chaos

ISBN: 9780473215392

Author: Bob Parker   

Ripped Apart is Mayor Bob Parker’s personal story about the earthquakes that devastated Christchurch. Bob’s tireless and unflappable communications gained h...


Ripped Apart is Mayor Bob Parker’s personal story about the earthquakes that devastated Christchurch. Bob’s tireless and unflappable communications gained him superstar status around the world.
He so impressed the American TV network, NBC, it broadcast to the world that New York, after 9/11, had Rudy Giuliani. Christchurch, after the earthquakes, had Bob Parker.
A Christchurch mother said: “For eight days I lived in my house under a table with my children because we were so scared. The only thing that calmed us was Bob’s voice on the radio. We trusted him”.
Within a few months of his triumphs the tide turned. The Minister of Earthquake Recovery, Gerry Brownlee, dubbed him “a clown”; his council was dysfunctional; and Government, not the council, controlled the city’s rebuild.
Ripped Apart reveals the arguments, indecision, petty jealousies, power struggles and policies that occurred before, during, and after the crises. These are balanced with glimpses of dedication, courage, compassion and a unique vision. It is a story about people behind the scenes and events that saw Christchurch Ripped Apart, not just physically, but politically and emotionally.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm


Publication Date: 01-02-1970


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Christchurch Crimes 1850-1875

ISBN: 9781927145395

Author: Geoffrey Rice    Publisher: Canterbury University Press

While researching nineteenth-century Christchurch newspapers for another book, historian Geoff Rice was struck by the diversity of crime in early Christchurch, ...


While researching nineteenth-century Christchurch newspapers for another book, historian Geoff Rice was struck by the diversity of crime in early Christchurch, and the amount of detail in the court reports. Fascinated by what he was reading, he became diverted from the task at hand and set about writing this book instead: about crime and punishment in the first 25 years of Canterbury settlement.
The stories are drawn from newspaper reports, with further detail added from police records and the court minute books. The events are contextualised by Professor Rice's extensive knowledge of the times. It is not an academic study; nor is it a work of fiction. Rather it is an attempt at evidence-based reconstruction of crimes and courtroom proceedings, opening a window on the lives and deeds of ordinary people who lived in this place over 140 years ago.
History is usually written by the winners, and it is rare to hear the voices of ordinary folk from the remote past. Yet such were the shorthand skills of 19th-century newspaper reporters that courtroom testimony and cross-examinations were often captured verbatim, especially in the more sensational murder trials. Reading these reports one can almost hear the voices of the past. We catch glimpses of cabbies, shopkeepers, clerks and housewives going about their daily work, with descriptions of homes or workplaces, and the occasional fight in a pub.
The stories are often dramatic and even sensational, sometimes horrifying, sometimes amusing, often rather sad. Their crimes mirror the difficult realities of colonial life.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 228


Dimensions: 152 x 228 mm


Publication Date: 15-10-2012


Tags: August 2012   History   New Zealand
$30.00
Voyages of Captain Cook

ISBN: 9781840221008

Author: James Cook    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Originally published by Academy Chicago in 1993, this book, told mostly from Cook's journals, describes the adventure of sailing into the unknown, of scientific...


Originally published by Academy Chicago in 1993, this book, told mostly from Cook's journals, describes the adventure of sailing into the unknown, of scientific experiment to fix a method of establishing longitude and of the botanical curiosities that were collected by Joseph Banks. In the WORDSWORTH CLASSICS OF WORLD LITERATURE series.


Pages: 496


Dimensions: 129 x 198 x 27 mm


Publication Date: 01-10-1998


Tags: Classics   History
$15.99
Lady Q: The Rise & Fall of a Latin Queen

ISBN: 9781569762851

Author: Reymundo Sanchez    Publisher: Zephyr Press

Offering a rarely seen female perspective on gang life, this raw and powerful memoir tells not only of one woman's struggle to survive the streets but also of h...


Offering a rarely seen female perspective on gang life, this raw and powerful memoir tells not only of one woman's struggle to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new Mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs were members of her own. At age 5 Sonia Rodriguez's stepfather began to abuse her; at 10 she was molested by her uncle and beaten by her mother when she told on him; and by 13 her home had become a hangout for the Latin Kings and Queens who were friends with her older sister. Threatened by rival gang members at school, Sonia turned away from her education and extracurricular activities in favour of a world of drugs and violence. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became her refuge, but its violence cost her friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly her life. As a Latin Queen, she experienced the exhilarating highs and unbelievable lows of gang life. From being shot at by her own gang and kicked out at age 18 with an infant daughter to rejoining the gang and distinguishing herself as a leader, her legacy as Lady Q was cemented both for her willingness to commit violence and for her role as a drug mule.


Pages: 270


Dimensions: 155 x 230 x 20 mm


Publication Date: 13-08-2010


Tags: Biography   History
$34.95
Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob

ISBN: 9781569765456

Author: Jeff Coen    Publisher: Zephyr Press

Painting a picture of the scenes both inside and outside the courtroom and re-creating events from court transcripts, police records, interviews, and notes take...


Painting a picture of the scenes both inside and outside the courtroom and re-creating events from court transcripts, police records, interviews, and notes taken day after day as the story unfolded in court in 2007, this narrative portrays cold-blooded - and sometimes incompetent - killers and their crimes.


Pages: 424


Dimensions: 155 x 230 x 23 mm


Publication Date: 01-10-2010


Tag: History
$39.99
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