genealogy

the battle of Le Quesnoy centenary

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This Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Le Quesnoy, in France, a week before the end of WW1.

New Zealand soldiers recaptured the town from German occupation, climbing the walls with a ladder to avoid civilian casualties.

My great granduncle Victor Bernard was one of over 100 New Zealanders killed there that day, so I’ve been reminded of him.

Victor Bernard

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The Bolton and the Harris rose, Wellington NZ

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I was born in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.  My earliest NZ ancestors are my great great great grandparents Abraham and Sophia Harris, from Essex, England.  They arrived in Wellington in 1840 aboard the sailing ship Bolton.

Abraham Harris 1810-1874

Sophia Harris 1810-1888

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South Island Sessions

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1861 revisited – my first pakeha (European) ancestors, Totara Jack and Mary, arrived in the South Island of New Zealand on board the Olympus and settled in Nelson.

John ‘Totara Jack’ Edwards

When I lived nearby a century and a half later,

I found the address where they’d lived, just below a spot on a hill that marks the geographical centre of NZ.  To the north is Tasman Bay, and south are the foothills of the Southern Alps.

I jammed with South Island musicians; studied at the Nelson School of Music; played in Hokitika, Greymouth, Westport, Nelson, Blenheim, Lyttelton and Dunedin (as well as Brisbane, Australia); and recorded the sound of tui and makomako (native birds) in Nelson Lakes National Park.

Music by:

Dave Black – acoustic guitar, banjo, drums, harmonica, laptop, field recordings, tenor sax, and vocals

Cylvi Manthyng –  vocals & phat beatz

Hayden Gifkins / Matt Thornicroft – electric guitars

Frey – no-input mixing desk

Haz / Cookie – drums

 

 

 

1 Eats Beats Roots Sleeps (B(W)FD) (warning:explicit) free download 3:20
2 The Only Ones Who Know the Earth’s Worth free download 3:25
3 Lake Rotoiti to Fox Glacier free download 6:35
4 gridget k free download 3:52
5 End of Daylight Savings free download 5:15
6 Bandit Joe on a scraded gat (west coast highway in digital Junefree download 4:36
7 The Ballad of William Knife free download 4:59

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