Secrets & Treasures

Secrets & Treasures

Our stories told through the objects at Archives New Zealand

By Ray Waru

Intriguing stories behind the diverse objects in Archives New Zealand.

Intriguing stories behind the diverse objects in Archives New Zealand.

The bizarre jostles with the extremely significant in the almost 100 kilometres of holdings in Archives New Zealand, the official guardian of the record of government. The thousands of boxes contain all sorts of treasures and secrets, including such intriguing items as:
* a rare letter written by Captain Cook;
* records of secret weapons;
* exotic gifts to our Prime Ministers;
* the battle-worn flag of the warrior prophet Te Kooti;
* grisly exhibits from murder trials;
* sightings of UFOs.
This book delves into the archives to tell a very human story of New Zealand, a story that involves love, death, war, immigration, disaster, protest, defiance, censorship - and hokey pokey.

Format & Editions

Limp

9781869796891

October 19, 2012

Random House NZ

RRP $59.99

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