Kia Ora adventurers!
Today is the 6th of February, and in New Zealand that means Waitangi day. A celebration marking the founding of this mad, crazy adventurous country, that is the home of legendary mountain climbers, the best lamb and honey you’re likely to taste, championship Rugby teams who do enviously cool haka’s that make everyone else look lame, small furry creatures with long noses and bird feet, scenery that reminds you of mythical worlds and the home of Bungee Jumping. So here’s a little history to the event starting with a few New Zealand dates. Continue reading
This is a story of two walks in time, as we accompany Lady Elizabeth Butler, or just Elizabeth “Mimi” Thompson as she was then, around the field of Waterloo, guided by a man who was there on the fateful day.
I’ve just found this web page, I suppose that’s the right word? And it’s got photo’s from 1896 the jubilee, so it says with wonderful Victorianity, of the Waterloo of India, Aliwal, were one of Wellington’s most successful Peninsular officers, Sir Harry Smith, showed he at least had learned something about fighting during those years in Spain. Voted 5th Greatest Battle in the 2013 National Army Museum poll.
To be specific they are soldiers of the 16th Lancers who broke the Sikh squares, or rather triangles as the case may be, at the decisive battle during the first Anglo Sikh War. A little know commander, a little known battle and a little known war, -and photo’s of the men who were there, what more could you want?
Last year over double the amount of people visited Historyland that visited in 2012. Through your comments, favourites and tweets I have been able to thank some of you for coming, I hope you will enjoy what I do just as much in 2014 as you did before.
So to all of you that I couldn’t thank before. I say.
Well you get the picture.
See you soon for another Adventure in Historyland.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,400 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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Since it’s getting on to Christmas time I thought as a sort of seasonal offering I would start putting together a few of the History cartoons I have made. I’ll keep adding as I go, but for now Merry Christmas and I hope it makes you smile.
Merry Christmas from Historyland.
The Crimean War is famous for three things. The Charge of the Light Brigade, it’s the First War to be well photographed and it’s the first war to be properly covered by the media
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