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The historian who opened our eyes, Jock Phillips

Michael King I got to know Michael King as a student at Victoria University in the mid-1960s. It was an exciting time. There was marching in the streets, heated late-night discussions over instant coffee. We were getting out from under.…
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Rediscovering the great white discoverer, Jock Phillips

The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas Anne Salmond Allen Lane, $59.95, ISBN 0713996617 I will not forget reading Anne Salmond’s Two Worlds. I was on holiday at Tolaga Bay. Between walks to Cook’s Cove…
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Mating rituals, Jock Phillips

Mates  text by Jim Hopkins, photos by Julie Riley HarperCollins, $29.95, ISBN 1869503678   Telephone rings. S.Nag:  Hullo. Sam here. B.Loke:  Gidday, mate. Brucey here. How about coming down to the pub to watch the footie on the big screen?…
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Historians for hire, David Grant

Going Public: the Changing Face of New Zealand History ed Bronwyn Dalley and Jock Phillips Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 186940226X If I were an insecure sort of chap, I might be worried about what I actually do for a…
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The Yanks in New Zealand, Andrew Mason

Brief Encounter Jock Phillips, Historical Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, $29.95 United States Forces in New Zealand 1942-45 Denys Bevan, self-published, Kakanui Post Shop, $39.95 The Yanks Are Coming Harry Bioletti, Century Hutchinson, 1989, out of print It is fifty…
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Sacrificing the personal for the political, Jock Phillips

Ettie: A Life of Ettie Rout  Jane Tolerton, Penguin Books, $39.95 Ettie Rout has been known to us primarily as the woman who stood on the platform in Paris during the Great War and handed out anti-VD kits to soldiers…
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