Category Archives: Nostalgia 1970s and 80s

Old Haunts Become New Hangouts – Dunedin’s Exchange

These days I catch my bus home from work outside what I still think of as the old Chief Post Office. It’s a long long time since it was a post office. But it was. Now that I remember, one … Continue reading

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The Big Red Part 4 – Leaving Tom Price

Once upon a time, in the faraway part of a land nearby, I spent six months working as a TA (Trades Assistant) with a fine and very diverse bunch of fitters near a town called Tom Price in the North … Continue reading

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Ko Whanaupaki Tōku Māunga – Flagstaff is my Mountain

For Māori, whakapapa (genealogy) is not just about the family tree. It is about a wider context, including linking us to our land and waterways. I think it is something we can all take something from as we lose touch more … Continue reading

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Voting for a Great Leap Backwards

I used to like elections; well loved them really. Although I’m thinking more of the local government ones which most people find extremely uninteresting. But not me. I enjoyed them, especially being a candidate for something. Elections for the community … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #26 – The Big Red – My Part

This is the last part of my 1970s nostalgia saga of dust and diesel. I’d flown north from Perth to Tom Price and been impressed by how long it took the jet to get there. It was a long way … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #25 – The Big Red Part 2

I’ve always liked this photo. For me it somehow captures the time and place. Mid 1970s. Out back up north in West Australia. Specifically the Theiss Bros maintenance yard at Mt Tom Price, adjacent to the open-cast iron ore mine. … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #24 – Down Memory Lane – The Big Red Out Back

In the mid-1970s I lived and worked for 6 months in the middle of not much in the north of West Australia. Mt Tom Price is the name of a hill, and the town nearby. Mt Tom Price is composed … Continue reading

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