• Christchurch Changing an Illustrated History
    Christchurch Changing an Illustrated History
    This lively survey tells the story of a major New Zealand city, the capital of Canterbury province and the South Island's largest metropolitan centre. Why was the city established in the middle of a swamp? What was it like to live in Christchurch in the 1850s, the 1870s or the 1940s? What has changed, what has disappeared, and what has survived from the past? Who were the people who made Christchurch what it is today? What makes Christchurch distinctive among New Zealand's cities? These and many other questions are answered in this highly readable account. Updated with a new final chapter covering the decade to 2008.

    ISBN: 9780908812530
    Publication date: 24/11/2007
    Edition: 2
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Christchurch Crimes 1850 to 1875 Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town
    Christchurch Crimes 1850 to 1875 Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town
    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.

    ISBN: 9781927145395
    Publication date: 15/10/2012
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876-99
    Christchurch Crimes and Scandals 1876-99
    The Boxing Day Riot of 1879 when a parade of Orange Lodge members was attacked by a mob of Irish Catholic navvies swinging axe-handles, a slander case involving one of the city's richest merchants, the famous Severed Hand Mystery of 1885...Following on from his first volume, Christchurch Crimes 1850-1875: Scandal and Skulduggery in Port and Town, historian Geoffrey Rice presents another fascinating collection of Christchurch crimes and scandals drawn from nineteenth-century newspaper court reports, this time covering the later Victorian period from 1876-1899. We meet some of the city's most notorious citizens of the period, such as the photographer Eden George, and the preacher-fraudster Arthur Bently Worthington, who caused the one and only reading of the Riot Act in Christchurch. The Opawa axe murder of 1897 includes a rare photograph of the body. Magistrates and judges had to deal with a procession of society's law-breakers passing through their courts, from apologetic drunks and brazen prostitutes, shifty forgers and brutal thugs, rapists and arsonists, bigamists and embezzlers to desperate women charged with manslaughter or murder.
    The defence lawyers were often faced with a difficult task, yet Christchurch in this period had several highly skilled courtroom lawyers who knew how to persuade a jury. The author's easy-to-read story-telling style and genuine enthusiasm for and knowledge of his subject bring to life another rich, colourful and intriguing chapter from the city's past.

    ISBN: 9781927145517
    Publication date: 25/11/2013
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Rice, Geoffrey W.
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Christchurch Ruptures T
    Christchurch Ruptures T
    Required text HIST 258 semester 1, 2021
    Required text HIST 378 semester 1, 2021

    The devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch in 2011 did more than rupture the surface of the city, argues historian Katie Pickles. It created a definitive endpoint to a history shaped by omission, by mythmaking, and by ideological storytelling. In this multi-layered BWB Text, Pickles uncovers what was lost that February day, drawing out the different threads of Christchurch's colonial history and demonstrating why we should not attempt to knit them back together. This is an incisive analysis of the way a city's character is interlinked with its geo-spatial appearance: when the latter changes, so too must the former.





    ISBN: 9780908321292
    Publication date: 01/03/2016
    Price: $13.49
    Author: Pickles, Katie
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.49
  • Christchurch Town Hall 1965-2019: a Dream Renewed
    Christchurch Town Hall 1965-2019: a Dream Renewed
    The 2019 re-opening of the Christchurch Town Hall is celebrated in this richly illustrated volume. Threatened with demolition following earthquake damage in 2011, the building has been renewed through seismic strengthening, restoration and repair. With contributions from those who shaped its original design, along with accounts of the renewal project and the story of the hall's Rieger organ, this book explains why the Christchurch Town Hall is of both national and international significance. It will appeal to a diverse range of readers, from architects and acousticians, to musicians and those who seek a better understanding of what makes it such an outstanding performance venue, as well as to citizens who take pride in their town hall.

    Opened in 1972, the Christchurch Town Hall was acclaimed for its architectural excellence and established the national reputation of its designers, Warren & Mahoney. Harold Marshall's acoustic design brought international recognition and helped to transform the way concert halls were designed around the world.

    Serving as the city's leading concert venue for almost forty years, the Christchurch Town Hall has been acclaimed by performers as diverse as Leonard Bernstein, Kiri Te Kanawa and Carlos Santana. Yet it was always more than just a performance venue, becoming the focus for many of the city's civic, social, cultural and educational rituals. In 2019 the renewed town hall became, once more, Christchurch's `public living room'.

    ISBN: 9781988503103
    Publication date: 09/12/2019
    Price: $59.99
    Author: Lochhead, Ian
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $59.99
  • City at the Centre History of Palmerston North
    City at the Centre History of Palmerston North
    A RICHLY ILLUSTRATED HISTORY CELEBRATING 150 YEARS. City at the Centre tells the story of a small town carved out of the bush that once cloaked the Manawatu plains, whose growth was driven by the railway that runs through it, by farming, by defence and by Massey University. From Maori history and early settlement to business and sport, the arts and the environment, this engaging history, written by leading historians, is supported by over 150 outstanding photographs. The thematic approach draws on multiple views of Palmerston Norths past to provide a fresh look at an ambitious city at the centre of its region.

    ISBN: 9780995113527
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $60.00
    Author: Tennant, Margaret
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
    Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley
    A Communist in the Family: Searching for Rewi Alley is a beautifully written multi-layered narrative centred on New Zealander Rewi Alley and his part in the momentous political events of mid-twentieth-century China. Part-biography, part-travel journal, part-literary commentary, A Communist in the Family brings together Alleys story and that of his author cousin, Elspeth Sandys. In 2017, Sandys travelled to China with other family members to mark the ninetieth anniversary of Rewis arrival in Shanghai in 1927. One strand of this book follows that journey and charts Sandys impressions of modern China. Another tells the story of Rewis early life, in an insightful meditation on the complex and always elusive relationship between memory and writing. By placing the man, Rewi, and his work in the context of his time, Sandys is able to illuminate the life of this extraordinary New Zealander in a way that is both historically vivid and relevant to the world of today. Her focus on the role poetry played in his life both his own and that of the Chinese poets he translated so prolifically provides moving glimpses of the man behind the myth. Threaded through A Communist in the Family are Sandys evolving insights into a nation that looms ever larger in the day-to-day realities of New Zealand and the world. The strange and strangely intimate link between the two countries Rewi regarded as home is one in which he played, and continues to play, a crucial role.

    ISBN: 9781988531601
    Publication date: 01/07/2019
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Sandys, Elspeth
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Cook Voyage Encounters
    Cook Voyage Encounters
    "Widely respected Pacific scholar Janet Davidson details the collection of Mori, Pacific and Native American objects associated with Cook's three voyages of exploration in the Pacific between 1768 and 1779 held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa"-

    ISBN: 9780994136282
    Publication date: 10/10/2019
    Price: $65.00
    Author: Davidson, Janet
    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • Cook's Ark: the Animals that Sailed With James Cook
    Cook's Ark: the Animals that Sailed With James Cook
    Cook's Ark is a fascinating account of the animals that sailed with Captain James Cook to the South Pacific, with particular reference to New Zealand. It offers a novel insight into an aspect of Cook's voyages rarely touched on by other authors: the menagerie that travelled in uncomfortably close proximity to the men on board Endeavour and Resolution. From the tiniest mouse, poultry, cats, monkeys, goats, pigs, etcetera, to the larger cattle and horses, the reader follows their journey with Captain Cook. Dr Sutherland's intensive research on the vermin, livestock, utility animals, pets and exotic animals introduced to the South Pacific not only reveals a fascinating glimpse into the life of animals at sea in the 18th century, it also exposes historic facts that were previously unknown or understated. E.g.: the old man who arranged the massacre of Furneaux's men at Grass Cove; Aotearoa/New Zealand's first ill-fated sweethearts (a 14-year old Maori girl and 15 year old sailor), and almost unbelievable, the name of the man who killed Captain Cook. Cook's Ark concludes by linking animals introduced during Cook's voyages with New Zealand's historic heritage breeds of livestock.

    ISBN: 9780473493165
    Publication date: 31/10/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Phd, Alison Sutherland
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Crossing Ahead
    Crossing Ahead
    At a time when city tramways and railways in New Zealand fed each other's networks and often crossed the respective right-of-way's, noted author Graham Stewart shares the previously undocumented story and images of these interesting interfaces The crossing of a heavy-rail railway train with a light-railed street vehicle over a street level crossing has always required extreme caution. From the early crossing keeper holding their red and green flags to high-tech signals of today; there has never been any room for a margin of error. For over 90 years when trams met trains, not one life has been recorded as having been lost in an accident - a truly remarkable record of safety. Some tram lines to the suburbs stopped just before a railway level crossing, as to proceed further would have required the additional maintenance cost of the crossing's manganese steel track diamonds, the crossing keeper's wages and signalmen of those years. This is the story of those crossings whether they were level or the vehicles crossed on a viaduct or bridge. The story is lavishly illustrated with photographs and diagrams researched from archives throughout New Zealand.

    ISBN: 9780908573981
    Publication date: 30/05/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Stewart, Graham
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Crossing the Lines The Story of Three Homosexual New Zealand Soldiers in WWII
    Crossing the Lines The Story of Three Homosexual New Zealand Soldiers in WWII
    In Crossing the Lines, Brent Coutts brings to light the previously untold history of New Zealand homosexual soldiers in World War II, drawing on the experiences of ordinary men who lived through extraordinary times.
    At the centre of the story are New Zealand soldiers Harold Robinson, Ralph Dyer and Douglas Morison, who shared a queer identity and love of performance. Through their roles as female impersonators in Kiwi concert parties in the Pacific and Egypt they found a place to live as gay men within the military forces, boosting the morale of personnel in the Pacific Campaign and, along the way, falling in love with some of the men they met.
    Crossing the Lines is a richly illustrated account that follows the men from their formative pre-war lives, through the difficult wartime years to their experiences living in a postwar London where they embraced the many new possibilities available. It is a story of strong friendships, the search for love and belonging as homosexuals within the military and civilian worlds, and the creation of the foundation of the queer community today.

    ISBN: 9781988592381
    Publication date: 01/07/2020
    Price: $49.95
    Author: Coutts, Brent
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $49.95
  • Dead Letters: Censorship and Subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920
    Dead Letters: Censorship and Subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920
    In 1918, from deep within the West Coast bush, a miner on the run from the military wrote a letter to his sweetheart. Two months later he was in jail. Like millions of others, his letter had been steamed open by a team of censors shrouded in secrecy. Using their confiscated mail as a starting point, Dead Letters: Censorship and subversion in New Zealand 1914-1920 reveals the remarkable stories of people caught in the web of wartime surveillance.
    Among them were a feisty German-born socialist, a Norwegian watersider, an affectionate Irish nationalist, a love-struck miner, an aspiring Maxim Gorky, a cross-dressing doctor, a nameless rural labourer, an avid letter writer with a hatred of war, and two mystical dairy farmers with a poetic bent. Military censorship within New Zealand meant that their letters were stopped, confiscated and filed away, sealed and unread for over 100 years. Until now.
    Intimate and engaging, this dramatic narrative weaves together the personal and political, bringing to light the reality of wartime censorship.
    In an age of growing state power, new forms of surveillance and control, and fragility of the right to privacy and freedom of opinion, Dead Letters is a startling reminder that we have been here before.

    ISBN: 9781988531526
    Publication date: 01/03/2019
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Davidson, Jared
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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