Family history

Beauty amidst the engines: railway station gardening competitions in New Zealand

This is a paper I presented at the New Zealand Historical Association Conference, Wellington, November 2019. Railway stations have romance attached to them: they are places of meetings and partings and beginnings of adventures. But they can also be bleak and utilitarian, especially in rural or suburban locations. They are industrial, with huge engines roaring […]

A Scotswoman and her sampler

This 1830s sampler, made by a young girl in rural Scotland, eventually made its way across the globe and has been handed on down her family, together with her craft skills. The sampler and its provenance I got the history bug early, and when I was set a family history assignment at school I wrote […]