Thursday, December 5, 2019

NZR Ab with a northbound passenger train on the Christchurch-Picton line, 1965


North of Wharanui in the area that was (and probably still is) known as the Blue Slip. The railway and road along the whole coast needed major works following the Kaikoura earthquake of November 2016. Scanned from an old calendar, original credited to B. Hutton.  For lots more like this, see the book New Zealand 1950s Steam in Colour

1960 (Chrysler) Imperial LeBaron ad


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

RIP Emmanuel Makarios, 1957-2019


Maritime author Emmanuel "Manny" Makarios died at 4 pm Wellington time today. He was the author of six maritime books, five of them published by us. 

We first made his acquaintance in 1994 when he was working on the first volume of the Nets, Lines and Pots trilogy on commercial fishermen and their vessels when he was at the Wellington Maritime Museum, now replaced by the Wellington Museum. 

From 2000 to 2008 he managed the Wellington Cable Car Museum and since then worked at the Beacon Hill signal station. He was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer in 2017. 

He last book All at Sea: stories of New Zealand seafarers was published in December 2017.

Coming just 8 months after Gavin McLean, it's another huge loss. They were both the same age.