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A History of New Zealand in 100 Objects

$55.00 NZD

Authored by award-winning historian Jock Phillips, The History of New Zealand in 100 Objects is gripping, inclusive, often revelatory and deeply human. A colourful and characterful retelling of our shared past, relevant to today, particular to all of us.

The sewing kete of an unknown 18th-century Maori woman; the Endeavour cannons that fired on waka in 1769; the bagpipes of an Irish publican Paddy Galvin and so many more.


  • Written by Jock Phillips
  • Features 100 Objects of quiet significance and great personal meaning, taonga carrying stories that together represent a dramatic, full-of-life history for everyday New Zealanders.


Jock Phillips ONZM is a freelance historian based in Wellington, New Zealand. Studying first at Victoria University of Wellington then Harvard, Phillips went on to teach American and New Zealand history at Victoria for 16 years, where he also established the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies.

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