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Once upon a time in Caversham, Greg Newbold

Class and Occupation: The New Zealand Reality Erik Olssen and Maureen Hickey Otago University Press, $45.00, ISBN 187737203X Class and Occupation is based on almost three decades of intermittent but intensive research, begun in the 1970s, on the Dunedin suburb…
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Public postures, private lives, Erik Olssen

Waiting for the Revolution James Edwards David Ling, $24.95, ISBN 0 908990 51 0 Never a White Flag: The Memoirs of Jock Barnes   ed Tom Bramble Victoria University Press, $29.95, ISBN 0 86374 344 5 When I was an undergraduate…
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Self-reliant in Victorian New Zealand, Erik Olssen

Nearly Out of Heart and Hope: The puzzle of a colonial labourer’s diary Miles Fairburn Auckland University Press, $39.95 ISBN 1869401182 Anybody familiar with New Zealand history is likely to feel a sense of excitement at the prospect of reading…
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Work and community, Len Richardson

Building the New World: Work, Politics and Society in Caversham, 1880s‑1920s Erik Olssen Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869401069 Work and play, the polar opposites commonly held to preoccupy that indefinable beast “the ordinary New Zealander” have not attracted quite…
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Light on a left-wing cultural movement, Erik Olssen

A Popular Vision: The Arts and the Left in New Zealand 1930-1950 Rachel Barrowman, Victoria University Press, 1991, $34.95 Rachel Barrowman has written a well-crafted study of ‘a left-wing cultural movement which was contemporaneous with, and in important ways related…
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A peculiarly contemporary figure, Erik Olssen

The Verse of Edward Tregear K R Howe (ed), Nagare Press, Palmerston North, 1991, $20 The Singer in a Songless Land, A Life of Edward Tregear 1846-1931 K R Howe, Auckland University Press, 1991, $39.95 Edward Tregear was one of…
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Waves and ripples, Melanie Nolan

The Oxford Illustrated History of New Zealand Keith Sinclair (ed), Oxford University Press, 1990, $59.95 The People and The Land. Te Tangata Me Te Whenua Judith Bassett, Judith Binney, Erik Olssen Allen and Unwin/ Port Nicholson Press, Wellington, 1990, $59.95…
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