NZ (History) (45)

Conquering Cascade : An Epic Saga of Denniston Coal

ISBN: 9781991164407

Author: Phil Walsh    Publisher: Fraser Books

Conquering Cascade brings to light a little-known chapter in the history of West Coast coal mining. Cascade Creek, a rugged and precipitous gorge, harboured a s...


Conquering Cascade brings to light a little-known chapter in the history of West Coast coal mining. Cascade Creek, a rugged and precipitous gorge, harboured a seam of some of the best coal in New Zealand, its ‘black gold’ well known but its extraction delayed by forbidding access and tempestuous climate. The story of the Cascade Westport Coal Company and its workforce, the Cascade Westport Co-operative Coal Party, is one of courage and audacity that included building a wooden flume to carry the coal a steep 250 metres drop towards the coast. At over 12 kilometres long this flume was not only the longest such structure ever built in New Zealand, it also confounded the naysayers who said it couldn’t be done. Conquering Cascade chronicles the troubles, triumphs and trials of the Cascade Creek men and women as they toiled to make a living, their association finally ending in a catastrophe of nature and the mundanity of a court room. Following a decade of research, interviews and gathering rare material, Phil Walsh has documented an epic saga in New Zealand’s industrial coal mining heritage. Includes maps and 18 pages of colour and b/w photographs


Bind: paperback


Pages: 328


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 20-07-2022


$45.00
DUE > 20th Jul 2022
Trams Still Around New Zealand

ISBN: 9780995138520

Publisher: New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society

Trams Still Around New Zealand is true to its title, detailing the existence of 99 trams; 85 New Zealand trams and 14 trams from Australia now resident here. Be...


Trams Still Around New Zealand is true to its title, detailing the existence of 99 trams; 85 New Zealand trams and 14 trams from Australia now resident here. Between the covers the reader will discover that the tramcar in New Zealand is far from a street vehicle of the past. Already the tram has returned to the streets of Auckland and Christchurch. Coverage is given to each of the trams now running within the boundaries of transport museums in New Zealand, those that are in storage but not yet running, with coverage also of trams still used as baches around New Zealand. Each tram portrayed has its history outlined with generous photographic coverage of each tram in original condition, as stored, and finally as restored (if that has occurred). Also featured are the Wellington and Dunedin cable-cars. Wrapping up this most interesting book is a broad coverage of the various tramway societies and groups.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Dimensions: 210 x 280 mm


Publication Date: 20-10-2021


$49.00
Heart of the City : The Story of Christchurch's Controversial Cathedral

ISBN: 9780995143845

Author: Edmund Bohan    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

From the days even before Christchurch was settled its cathedral has been the focus of ferocious public debate: Where should a cathedral be built? How would it ...


From the days even before Christchurch was settled its cathedral has been the focus of ferocious public debate: Where should a cathedral be built? How would it be paid for? Should it be built in wood or stone in an earthquake-prone country? Who should oversee the building? It took far too long to build and its financial position has often been perilous. In recent times there have been fresh quarrels over a visitors’ centre and whether ratepayers should help to pay for necessary earthquake strengthening. And, when the building was left almost in ruins, should it be demolished and rebuilt or should it be restored? And, most important of all to the people of Christchurch, to whom did it really belong? It has been a tranquil and lovely place of devotion and worship, and a venue for the celebration of civic, national and international events. Thousands of tourists have walked its aisles and climbed its tower. It has won fame for the beauty of its music. Along with the Avon/Ōtakaro River, its silhouette appears on all the city’s official signage. Christ Church Cathedral has stood in its square for close to a century and a half. Acclaimed historian Edmund Bohan tells the full and fascinating story of this beloved building, from its begin-nings in an embryonic settlement to its resurrection after disaster. In a lively, approachable text – well-illustrated throughout – he outlines the cathedral’s remarkable past and brings to life the equally remarkable people who have worked and worshipped there. He details the triumphs and the troubles, and looks to a future in which this instantly recognisable church will once again stand as the safe and welcoming heart of the city to which it belongs.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 352


Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm


Publication Date: 14-09-2022


$50.00
DUE > 15th Sep 2022
Taking Flight

ISBN: 9780958205351

Author: Paul Maxim    Publisher: Fraser Books

The Fisher Monoplane and early aviation in the Wellington region. Paul Maxim tells the story of the first flights exactly 100 years ago – near Carterton – o...


The Fisher Monoplane and early aviation in the Wellington region. Paul Maxim tells the story of the first flights exactly 100 years ago – near Carterton – of an aeroplane wholly constructed in New Zealand.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 80


Publication Date: 01-06-2003


$20.00
A Long Long Trail

ISBN: 9780992247539

Author: Neil Frances    Publisher: Fraser Books

Neil Frances tells the story of the famous Rimutaka Hill marches during the First World War and the re-enactment in September 2015.


Neil Frances tells the story of the famous Rimutaka Hill marches during the First World War and the re-enactment in September 2015.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 96


$35.00
Eketahuna

ISBN: 9780958205320

Author: Peter Best    Publisher: Fraser Books

Stories From Small Town New Zealand. Peter Best delves into the intriguing early history that gives Eketahuna town and district its special character.


Stories From Small Town New Zealand. Peter Best delves into the intriguing early history that gives Eketahuna town and district its special character.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 80


Publication Date: 30-11-2001


$25.00
1921 : Rugby, Race & Empire

ISBN: 9780473586423

Author: Mike Munro    Publisher: MunroChurch Books

In the winter of 1921 a Springboks rugby team toured New Zealand for the first time, captivating the country. An all-white team of mostly Afrikaners, they came...


In the winter of 1921 a Springboks rugby team toured New Zealand for the first time, captivating the country. An all-white team of mostly Afrikaners, they came cloaked in a powerful mystique – blue-eyed, “youthful giants” from a fellow British colony. Twenty-three of the team had served in the just-ended Great War. Wherever they went the Springboks were saluted as “sons of Empire.” But the tour was rocked amid claims the Springboks resented having to play a Māori team, as the race issue that would bedevil New Zealand-South Africa rugby relations for seventy years reared its head. Two terrible events backdropped the Springboks visit: the 1914-18 war and the influenza epidemic. Together they’d taken nearly 30,000 New Zealanders’ lives, and the effects of both calamities were still being felt. To compound the gloom, the economy nose-dived and many soldier-settlers were forced from their recently-acquired land. This book casts back one hundred years to bring together the story of an eagerly-anticipated rugby tour, and the troublesome memories of its time.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 160 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 31-10-2021


$35.00
Can't Get There From Here : New Zealand's Shrinking Railway 1920-2020

ISBN: 9781990048098

Author: Andre Brett    Publisher: Otago University Press

Urban passenger rail patronage in Auckland and Wellington is now booming after many years of decline. Outside these two centres, however, the situation is quite...


Urban passenger rail patronage in Auckland and Wellington is now booming after many years of decline. Outside these two centres, however, the situation is quite different: intercity and regional passenger rail services are scarce, and no other city possesses suburban rail. Not only does this hamper the mobility of regional New Zealanders, it is incongruous in light of the climate emergency declared by many local councils. Can’t Get There from Here traces the expansion and – more commonly – the contraction of New Zealand’s passenger rail network over the last century. What is the historical context of today’s imbalance between rail and road? How far and wide did the passenger rail network once run? Why is there an abject lack of services beyond the North Island’s two main cities, even as demand for passenger transport continues to grow? This book seeks to answer these questions. In this fascinating study, Andre Brett argues that the trend away from passenger rail might appear inevitable and irreversible but it was not. Things could have been - and still could be - very different. We need to understand the challenges that brought passenger rail to the brink of extinction in order to create policy for future transport that is efficient and sustainable.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 384


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


Publication Date: 15-11-2021


Tags: New Release   History   NZ (History)   Transport
$65.00
Tuhituhi : William Hodges, Cook's Painter in the South Pacific

ISBN: 9781877578175

Author: Laurence Simmons    Publisher: Otago University Press

This study of the art of William Hodges opens fresh theoretical perspectives on the representational problems raised by these early paintings produced in the So...


This study of the art of William Hodges opens fresh theoretical perspectives on the representational problems raised by these early paintings produced in the South Pacific. Following Pacific Island historians of the 1960s, it argues that it is possible to read the texts and visual material produced from early South Seas encounters against the grain, as moments of cross-cultural exchange that challenge postcolonial complacencies. Tuhituhi is presented in sections that follow the geographical and chronological progression of Cook’s voyage on the Resolution, for which William Hodges was hired as official artist, Cook’s ‘landskip painter’. Painters like Hodges found themselves staring again and again in disbelief at landscapes and seascapes that stretched 18th-century conventions of painting, such as the ‘picturesque’, the ‘sublime’ and the ‘beautiful’. Each chapter of Tuhituhi focuses on the close reading of a significant painting of a South Pacific location by Hodges. The last chapter considers the important influence of Hodges’ work on a series of paintings by the major twentieth-century New Zealand painter Colin McCahon.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 346


Dimensions: 170 x 240 mm


$50.00
Architectural Drawings of Christ's College

ISBN: 9780995143821

Authors: Sir Miles Warren, Alec Bruce    Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing

The Christ’s College campus in Christchurch is unquestionably one of the most remarkable collections of buildings in New Zealand, but there are few publicatio...


The Christ’s College campus in Christchurch is unquestionably one of the most remarkable collections of buildings in New Zealand, but there are few publications which focus solely on its architecture. To produce this book, Sir Miles Warren, the architect for Christ’s College for 43 years, enlisted fellow Christchurch architect Alec Bruce to create this succinct summary of the design of the college’s unique buildings. Earlier collaborations on projects at Christ’s College led naturally to this shared authorship. Drawings have been used instead of photographs, to show the range of types of graphical information from which buildings were produced and the different creative tendencies of the architects involved. Later design commissions contend with the challenge of working in an established heritage environment. Significant parts of Christ’s College were changed as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes, lending urgency to the publication of this book, which includes buildings which have been removed since September 2010.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 303 x 255 mm


Publication Date: 20-09-2021


$45.00
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