Our Stories: The Way We Used To Be by Ian Wishart

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By Ian Wishart

In Our tales, writer and journalist Ian Wishart brings out the main attention-grabbing forgotten stories of our earlier, informed in the course of the eyes of the folks who have been there. examine the tsunamis that washed away the houses and lives of our early ecu immigrants, or the earthquakes that toppled Christchurch structures greater than a century in the past and lifted Wellington out of the ocean. learn the genuine tale in regards to the look for gold, or the traveling circuses whose lions and leopards escaped, or the dinosaur chanced on on a Taranaki riverbank (it's nonetheless there since it used to be too colossal to move!) detect the heroes and villains of our earlier via lengthy forgotten information tales from New Zealand, america, united kingdom and Australia, and learn the way lifestyles fairly used to be in pioneer days. those, and lots of extra, are our stories...

This is a cracker of a e-book. Wishart, as editor, has long gone into New Zealand newspapers to assemble articles - no longer consistently the headlines - yet goods of curiosity from way back to the mid-1800s.
Sometimes this stuff are up by means of the paper itself or via one other newspaper or perhaps within the letters to the editor, as we do this day, with different correspondents commenting extra within the weeks that undefined.
These articles and commentaries are constantly fascinating.
Our tales information the locate of a "huge land lizard" chanced on close to Inglewood, suggested in Wellington's night submit in 1896 - the time period "dinosaur" had no longer but reached New Zealand, even though Gideon Mantell had coined the time period in 1841.
This article used to be up via 9 different newspaper experiences, a few at the Inglewood lizard, others approximately experiences of a crocodile at Oamaru.
More than 50 years in the past, while i used to be in school, we have been informed that no dinosaurs will be discovered right here as the land used to be too young.
This is a booklet to be precious.
Wishart should have completely loved trying to find stories resembling a tsunami in 1868, and of the enlightened selection to increase the appropriate to vote to girls.
Chapter is going on approximately that tsunami hitting Banks Peninsula in 1868, and tells us if New Zealand fairly was once the 1st kingdom to offer girls the vote - as we all have been taught in school.
There are experiences approximately an elusive moose, the final huia and the increase and fall of the moa.
Then there has been the cultural effect of Mr Selfridge on retailing (now of television status) and the impression of the massacres at Wairau and Kaipara.
World well-known males within the box of cellphone verbal exchange integrated such luminaries as Elisha grey of Chicago and, in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell.
The newspapers of the day, in New Zealand and out of the country, have been packed with information in regards to the cell - earth-shattering on the time yet this present day, the telephone is simply one other equipment we take for granted.
The New Zealand bring in, the clicking and the Otago day-by-day instances besides neighborhood papers The Clutha chief, Nelson Examiner and plenty extra - each information outlet within the kingdom on the time has been scoured through Wishart - even the one who said snow in Auckland in 1883.
Every New Zealander, born right here or now not, will get pleasure from searching via Our tales.
And for convinced, the query setters for pub quizzes the size and breadth of the rustic will locate it a useful resource of material.- Iain Duffy, The day-by-day publish

"BEDTIME tales FOR historical past FANS"
Anyone who enjoys historical past will love this book.

Every day enormous quantities of reports are released in newspapers and magazines. Journalist Ian Wishart has collated one of the most attention-grabbing of those forgotten tales right into a e-book. i admire a majority of these books so that you can choose up and flick thru, studying no matter what catches your eye. it is a ebook to place through your bedside and dip into. There are editorials, letters to the editors and countless numbers of ancient information tales. - Linda corridor, Bay of lots Times

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