History (259)

The Look of Carterton: the First 150 Years, 1857-2007

ISBN: 9780958261722

Author: Gareth Winter    Publisher: Wairarapa Archive

The Three Mile Bush straddled the road between Greytown and Masterton, settled in 1854. In 1856 the Wellington Provincial Council decided to establish a new set...


The Three Mile Bush straddled the road between Greytown and Masterton, settled in 1854. In 1856 the Wellington Provincial Council decided to establish a new settlement on the road through the area, soon to be renamed Caterton. The Look Of Caterton tells of the town's and district's beginnings and progress over the last 150 years. The informative text marks the milestones along the decades from the early sawmilling era to today's bustling service town, but the story is principally told through a collection of photographs that instantly capture the look and ethos of each period. 108 pages 171 x 241 mm


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 01-07-2007


Tags: History   New Zealand
$20.00
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
Lyttelton, Akaroa and Banks Peninsula: Picturesque & Historic (HB)

ISBN: 9781877303296

Author: Peter Morath    Publisher: The Caxton Press

Peter Morath has photographed and written this book as a sequel to his previous one “Christchurch, A Nostalgic Tribute”. Two chapters are retrospective, sho...


Peter Morath has photographed and written this book as a sequel to his previous one “Christchurch, A Nostalgic Tribute”. Two chapters are retrospective, showing Lyttelton scenes from the past and some of the heritage buildings lost in the earthquakes. The main part of this book is contemporary though. It is full of recent photographs. They show us Banks Peninsula’s wonderful mix of scenery, history, homes and holiday havens, farming, wildlife and conservation areas, outdoor pursuits and tourist activities.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 176


Dimensions: 286 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 30-10-2012


$59.99 $39.99
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 $39.99
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 $59.99
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


$39.99 $19.99
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
Whispers of Waitaha : Traditions of a Nation

ISBN: 9780958254106

Author: Peter & Makere Ruka Te Korako    Publisher: Wharariki

Pages: 334


Tags: New Zealand   History
$115.00 $57.50
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