Category Archives: Historical

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Cold War-era kits on surviving nuclear fallout unearthed by historian

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In the early 1960s Washington was a city on edge and the threat of a nuclear attack was not far from the minds of the powerful. It was a threat considered so real that boxes of medical supplies were distributed … Continue reading

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Hutt River Principality: Malcolm Turnbull declines ‘royal’ invite as Prince Leonard set to cede throne

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has snubbed a ‘royal’ invitation — but it is not likely to cause a diplomatic incident. On Saturday, many oceans away from Buckingham Palace, Prince Leonard — the self-declared sovereign of the Principality of Hutt River … Continue reading

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Meet me at Horny Point:

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[Ed:  I looked for “Boganville” on the map but it is perhaps far too common to show up in one particular location.] It’s time to clean up the map of Australia. Who knew there were such filthy-sounding destinations in Australia … Continue reading

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HMAS Sydney: 3D reconstruction reveals more details of Australia’s biggest naval disaster

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The most powerful supercomputer in the southern hemisphere is being used to create a 3D reconstruction of the two shipwrecks involved in Australia’s greatest naval disaster. After a short but fierce battle with the German raider Kormoran, HMAS Sydney sank … Continue reading

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The biggest international stories of 2015

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Look back on this year’s biggest stories as they happened. 2015 will be remembered as a year of unrelenting news — a year of terror attacks, refugees, triumph and success. More. . . .

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The Bermuda Triangle – fact, fiction and fantasy

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70 years after the disappearance of five planes in the Atlantic, Giles Milton investigates one of the world’s most enduring aviation mysteries. The message picked up by the control tower was as bizarre as it was alarming. “Everything looks strange,” … Continue reading

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Sunken 18th century Spanish Galleon San Jose found with $3 billion of treasure

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Colombia has announced it has found the shipwreck of a storied Spanish galleon laden with gold, silver and precious stones, three centuries after it was sunk by the British in the Caribbean. President Juan Manuel Santos declared that “this is … Continue reading

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Australia’s Ireland – What exactly is New Zealand’s relationship with Australia?

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Australians who happened to be born in New Zealand are being rounded up, locked up in hard-core detention facilities, and marooned. What’s this about? What exactly is New Zealand’s relationship with Australia? Kiwozi’s Note: Typically I steer well clear of … Continue reading

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Titanic’s final lunch menu sells for $125,000 at auction

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A menu for the last luncheon served to the first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic has sold for $US88,000 (about $125,177) at an online auction. Stamped with a date of April 14, 1912 and the White Star Line logo, the … Continue reading

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French agent apologises for sinking Rainbow Warrior 30 years ago

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The French secret service agent who attached the mines which sank the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand 30 years ago has apologised for his actions. The captain of the bombed Rainbow Warrior says he accepts the apology of … Continue reading

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Humans could be among the victims of sixth ‘mass extinction’, scientists warn.

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The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction with animals disappearing about 100 times faster than they used to, scientists warn, and humans could be among the first victims of the next extinction event. Not since the age of … Continue reading

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Infamous pirate Captain Kidd’s treasure found in Madagascar

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A team of American explorers say they have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar. Marine archaeologist Barry Clifford told reporters he had found a 50 kilogram silver … Continue reading

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Father of Auckland needed bail-out.

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Auckland’s 175th birthday is being celebrated in style at Anniversary Weekend on January 24-26. At the formation in 1840 of what was to become New Zealand’s biggest city, a small seaside party took place – but thousands are expected this … Continue reading

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Meet the typical Kiwi: Census 2013

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The typical Kiwi on Census day 2013 was aged 38, earned $28,500 a year, worked in a service job and owned his or her own home. Three-quarters were European, even though the Asian population has doubled in 12 years to … Continue reading

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The day Maori first said, “Haere mai, Pakeha”

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It is 200 years ago this year since the first permanent European settlers arrived, at Maori invitation, in New Zealand. To those on shore, it must have made an astonishing, even frightening sight. The animals that clambered onto the small … Continue reading

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Wreck of the Hesperus

“The Wreck of the Hesperus” is a story that presents the tragic consequences of a sea captain’s pride. On an ill-fated voyage in the winter, he had his daughter aboard ship for company. The disaster came when the captain ignored … Continue reading

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The Wahine Disaster (NZ 10 April 1968)

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The Union Steam Ship Company’s 8948-ton roll-on roll-off (RO-RO) passenger ferry Wahine, the largest ship of its kind in the world when completed two years earlier, left Lyttelton at 8.40 p.m. on the evening of 9 April. There were 734 … Continue reading

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RMS Titanic

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RMS Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world when she set off on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City on 10 April 1912. Four days into the crossing, at 23:40 on 14 April 1912, … Continue reading

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RMS Lusitania

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On May 7, 1915, the RMS Lusitania, was on a New York-to-Liverpool run when it was attacked by a German U-boat 12 miles off the coast of Ireland. At 2:10 p.m., a torpedo plowed into the ship and exploded. Fifteen … Continue reading

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Mary Celeste

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The Mary Celeste was a brigantine merchant ship notably discovered in December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean unmanned and apparently abandoned, despite the fact that the weather was fine and her crew had been experienced and able seamen. The Mary … Continue reading