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Sure to rise…

The Edmonds baking powder business in 1906. Thomas Edmonds stands in the centre of the image.

October 2019

I am currently working on a biography of Thomas Edmonds of baking powder and cookbook fame! This should take me about a year to complete, so watch this space for more info next year.

Last month there was an article in the Christchurch Press, written to help track down more info. It worked brilliantly!

Thomas Edmonds researcher looks for Sure to Rise family ties for first biography

If you have stories or photographs to share from the Edmonds family history, please email me on dawsonsbjl@xtra.co.nz

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The Plimmer Legacy – a family story from early Wellington to modern farming in the Rangitikei

April 2019

The Plimmer Legacy – a family story from early Wellington to modern farming in the Rangitikei is shortly to go to print. It’s beautifully illustrated with a mixture of archival images and photographs by Wellington photographer Chris Coad. The book is to be published by Penguin Random House at the end of April 2019.

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Launch of A University for the Pacific – 50 Years of USP

A University for the Pacific book cover

29 October 2018

To mark the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of The University of the South Pacific this commemorative book, rich with stories and photographs from throughout the 50 year life of USP, has been produced. It is a must for anyone who has studied, worked or visited the University at any point in its long and fascinating history.

I have been on the editorial board for the book – which will be launched on the Laucala Bay campus in Fiji on 29 October.

Overview of A University for the Pacific

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A Career Less Ordinary – 75 Years of Women in the Royal New Zealand Air Force

A career Less Ordinary book cover

19 October 2018

A Career Less Ordinary – the book I wrote to celebrate 75 years of women in the RNZAF – has finally been published. It won’t appear in bookshops but will be sent to all schools and cadet forces.

Overview of A Career Less Ordinary

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Launch of book celebrating 75 Years of Women in the RNZAF

April 2018

The launch of my new book celebrating 75 Years of Women in the RNZAF will be held within the next couple of months. Watch this space for more info.

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Launch of Sir Brother Patrick Lynch’s memoir

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2 May 2018

The launch of Sir Brother Patrick Lynch’s memoir will take place in the Grand Hall of Parliament on 2 May 2018.

Overview of Sir Brother Patrick Lynch’s memoir

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Christchurch Girls High and Avonside Girls High Old Girls meeting

18 April 2018

I have been invited to give a talk at the Christchurch Girls High and Avonside Girls High Old Girls meeting, 18 April 2018. The event will be held in the Brian Davis Room, St Paul’s Cathedral.

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In Suva for unveiling of the monument celebrating 25 years of the RNZAF during the flying boat years at Laucala Bay

The New Zealand High Commissioner presents Laucala Bay to the Prime Minister of Fiji

22-24 March 2018

As the author of Laucala Bay – The story of the RNZAF in Fiji 1939 to 1967 I was invited to Suva, Fiji, for the unveiling of a monument celebrating 25 years of the RNZAF during the flying boat years at Laucala Bay. While there I had the opportunity to make a presentation on the book at the University of the South Pacific. The event received quite a bit of media coverage in Fiji, as did the book. Continue reading

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Guest speaker at the Wellington Historical & Early Settlers’ Association

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15 February 2018

I was invited to be a guest speaker at the Wellington Historical & Early Settlers’ Association on 15 February 2018. The subject of my talk was Chinese Market Gardens, based on my feature article published in New Zealand Gardener magazine.

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St Margaret’s College, Christchurch – 50 Year on Reunion

27-28 October 2017

I was delighted to be asked to be the after dinner speaker as I and about 50 ‘girls’ who entered the third form at St Margaret’s in 1967 remembered our school years. It was a great honour to speak at this event – and hilarious as well!

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