Auckland’s Fire Towers and Bells

“The toll rang out its alarm of fire, a ruddy glare upon the sky… the bell on the New Zealand Insurance Company’s Building then took up the cry,  swelling to a chorus as other bells across the...

Belles of the Pavement

Serious fires which swept through two of Auckland’s brothels in the early 1880s whetted my interest in those establishments and the women who occupied them. This resulted in the story of “Madame...

The Comedy of a Cold Case

Police arrested a man in Wellington in 1900 for a cold case, a murder-arson which had taken place 8 years before in England. The arrest was the start of an amazing saga of indecision, inconclusive...