Tag Archive | recreation

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 swimmer’s delight

I thought it would be fun to write an occasional post about the history of some of my favourite places in Dunedin. The St Clair salt water pool is right up there. I head there to swim laps once or twice a week, no matter the weather. In fact I prefer it when it’s raining […]