Showing posts from May, 2012

1200-year-old manuscript discovered at Sir George Grey Special Collections, Central City Library

Dr Alexandra Barratt, Georgia Prince and Kate deCourcy, Sir George Grey Special Collections Auckland Libraries staff have made a remarkable discovery: a manuscript that is more than 1,200 years old! Fragments of the centuries-old manuscript were found sewn into some of Auckland Libraries' oldest books, a late-15th Century bible held in the Sir George Grey Special Collections. Manuscript fragments in bindings, Sir Geroge Grey Special Collections   Papal indulgences 1510, Sir George Grey Special Collections More information .

Big sugar in little Birkenhead – and the Chelsea Archives

Photo credit: Melvin Vaniman c1902, Chelsea Archives It's big, it's orange , it's preposterous. You see it out of the corner of your eye as you drive up the Harbour Bridge, unless you're concentrating on the road of course.. It's the Chelsea Sugar Refinery in Birkenhead.

Countryside in the City

Bruce Ringer, Team Leader South Auckland Research Centre, has just had a new book published on the history of Totara Park.

2012 ANZAC Day blog challenge review

My girls took part in the Anzac Day Citizens Parade once again - as Scouts this year. One of my daughter's is also now an Assistant Patrol Leader. They are growing up so fast. As usual, Anzac Day is a time for reflection. As a proud mother, I can relate a bit to the pride the mothers of the servicemen and women that fought, and get some inkling of the fear mixed with pride that the mothers must have felt when their children marched off to war. Mothers look at their children with such hope for the future. Once again, we have a great mix of New Zealand and Australian service people contributed from bloggers all over. First post is Shelley, my co-host from last year: Shelley of Twigs of Yore: Charles George French, returned serviceman , WWI Story told from his mother's perspective.  Annie: Private Arthur Edward Taylor , died of meningitis while at training camp 1916. War grave near Annie's family bach.  Merron: The McClintock brothers . WWI - James McClintock, d