I’ve got a job now, so I’ve been really slack in updating this site…sorry!

I also am working at a place with limited internet access, so I can’t check twitter and re-tweet stuff…so here is this weeks today in history from NZHistorydotnet

Today in History 21 Mar 2003, Race Relations Day celebrated for first time theme for 2010: ‘It’s About Us- Whanau’

Today in History 22 Mar 1994, Kiwis win Oscars for ‘The piano’ – my fingers ache just thinking about it

Today in History 23 Mar 1848, The John Wickliffe anchors at Port Chalmers – Happy anniversary day Otago (hol ws on Mon)

Today in History 24 Mar 1770, Ngati Kahu kidnap victim dies at sea on French ship

Today in History 25 Mar 1847, Wakefield and Featherston duel in Te Aro – Featherston fired first, but missed..

Today in History 25 Mar 1847, Wakefield and Featherston duel in Te Aro – Featherston fired first, but missed..

One of my pics of Turnbull house got used on Scamp for their heritage buildings in Wellington section…that makes me kinda happy

Click to scamp


Public Trust Building This is another of my favourite buildings that can be found in Wellington. Found on the corner of Lambton Quay and Stout Street.

It was built during 1907-1909 and officially opened on 9 June 1909.

I think one of the reasons I like this building so much, is along the same lines as to why I like Turnbull House. It’s one of the few surviving turn of the century building that you can find in Wellington, with it’s Edwardian Baroque influence, it is an unexpected find in amongst the tall skyscrapers and if you’re not paying attention could easily be missed, and yet it seems to pop out at you. If it wasn’t in an area that gets masses of foot traffic, I could sit and look at it all day.

Below are links to websites with more information about the building, some of them are very interesting reads, especially the Wellington City Councils inventory.

WCC Inventory

Official Website

Time line

So, I mentioned before some useful website in NZ to check out about heritage and stuff and also those that twitter too.

Well I’m adding another to the list: I follow QI on twitter (those that don’t know, QI is a quiz show hosted by Stephen Fry and is really awesome) through following their twitter feed, I’ve ended up following one of the historians that does research for the show – Justin Pollard ( ) he is an accomplished author and also an advisor for tv shows and movies that require historical knowledge – such as ‘Elizabeth’ and my favourite ‘The Tudors’.

Anyway he has produced a book called Secret Britain and along with it a website that he continues to update with nifty little stories about interesting places or people in British history, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Only issue with the website is that it doesn’t have an RSS Feed, so it’s hard to know when it’s updated – but it does seem to be daily. Otherwise follow him on twitter, cause he always links to the latest update on there.

I was watching the news tonight and found this item of interest. A man in the UK found hordes of ancient gold whilst messing around with his metal detector in a private field.

Though it doesn’t really have anything to do with New Zealand heritage, it really interested me, as the pieces found were of intricate design and can be linked with the Byzantine era and it also shines some more light onto the “dark ages”. One of my interests is with the Byzantine empire and early christian art and architecture.

Below is one of the links I found to the article online

I follow the British Museum on Twitter and they linked to this official page:

Some websites and Blogs that are useful  – this is a new site that launched today, that is really one for the army enthusiast. It’s pretty cool

Also tweets you should follow @NLNZ – this is the New Zealand national library that puts up way cool photos

@NZHistorydotnet -the name says it all

@Te_Ara – this is the online encyclopidia

@TePapaColOnline  – Te Papa’s online collection

@nzmuseums – they list events etc that are happening around the country