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Continuity and change, Simon Murfitt

Above the City: A History of Otago Boys’ High School 1863-2013
Rory Sweetman
Otago Boys’ High School Foundation, $75.00,
ISBN 9780473247720

It was with some trepidation that I approached this book. It is a weighty hard-cover history, running to 440 pages, about Otago Boys’ High, a school I have no connection with. The cover photo is attractive, a watercolour of the grand school buildings overlooking the city, yet the photos inside are, as you’d expect, mostly a collection of black and white shots of staff, rectors, buildings, old boys and cadets. The book remained on my bedside locker for some months.

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Rescue mission, Nicholas Reid

A Fair and Just Solution – a History of the Integration of Private Schools in New Zealand  Rory Sweetman Dunmore Press, $34.95, ISBN 0864694148 Once upon a time there were, theoretically, two school systems in New Zealand. There were state

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When anti-popery ruled, Nicholas Reid

Bishop in the dock Rory Sweetman Auckland University Press, $39:95, ISBN 1 86940 160 3 Henry Jacobs — A clergyman of calibre Helen Garrett Shoal Bay Press, $39:95, ISBN 0 906704  54 2 Doing theology ourselves Neil Darragh Accent Publications,$18.00,

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A tour-de-force of compression, Rory Sweetman

Christianity in Aotearoa: A History of Church and Society in New Zealand Allan Davidson Education for Ministry, Wellington, 1991, $27.20 Originally planned as a course text by the Education for Ministry Board, this book has now deservedly reached a wider audience. In

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Catching up with the law, Rory Sweetman

The Making of Russell McVeagh R C J Stone, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1991, $59.95 The Story of Bell Gully Buddle Weir 1840-1990 Julia Millen, Bell Gully Buddle Weir, Wellington, 1990, $35 How to respond to the recent publication of

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New beginning in ethnic history, Rory Sweetman

Half the World from Home: Perspectives on the Irish in New Zealand 1860-1950, Donald Harman Akenson, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1990, $39.95 Since the pioneering efforts of Richard Davis in the late 1960s the New Zealand Irish have been largely

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