Where to buy ‘Foundations’

Updates on where you can find my memoir/literary nonfiction novel, ‘Foundations’: In Aotearoa, the paperback (ISBN: 9780473636890) can be purchased from Unity Books in Wellington or online: https://unitybookswellington.co.nz/product/foundations/ Or from Good Books in Wellington or online: https://shop.goodbookshop.nz/p/foundations Or by contacting me directly: speedyresearchconsulting@gmail.com The paperback, ebook (ISBN: 9780473636906) and Kindle (ISBN: 9780473636913) versions are alsoContinue reading “Where to buy ‘Foundations’”

New book published: Foundations

Overnight (NZ time) my memoir/literary nonfiction novel, Foundations was published. All versions (Paperback, Epub and Kindle) are now available to purchase on Amazon or in a number of other online stores. The paperback is distributed through Ingram so bookstores and libraries can purchase it. In New Zealand, libraries can order it through Wheelers. The ebookContinue reading “New book published: Foundations”

Foundations is coming soon!

Historian Karin Speedy’s writing on power struggles and colonialism becomes personal when she investigates her own family stories. Her memoir reminds us that “…fascinatingly, unknowingly, sometimes spookily, we can find ourselves on paths once trodden by our forebears”. Genre: Memoir, history, literary nonfiction Publication date: 17 June 2022 ISBN: 978-0-473-63689-0 (Softcover POD), distributed by IngramSpark and Amazon; ISBN: 978-0-473-63690-6 (Epub),Continue reading “Foundations is coming soon!”

Migrations Métamorphiques

J’ai eu le grand plaisir à participer samedi matin à une discussion animée et très intéressante sur les liens tissés au 19e siècle entre l’Océan Indien et le Pacifique par le biais des travailleurs (engagés et libres, affranchis, petits blancs et Malabars) qui ont quitté La Réunion afin d’améliorer leur statut social dans une colonieContinue reading “Migrations Métamorphiques”

Tropical Depression: Nuns in the Pacific

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Saint-Louis mission girls, 1890. Source: Collection service des Archives de la Nouvelle-Calédonie 1 Num 2 148, fonds de l’Archevêché de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Women played an integral part in the “civilising mission” in New Caledonia and elsewhere in the Pacific. The Marists were in New Caledonia from 1843 and the male missionaries were…

Pacific Island Labour in mid-19th Century Sydney

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When examining the shipping records for goods that were being brought into Sydney by Franco-Australian merchant Didier-Numa Joubert, I was struck by how many “Pacific Islanders” were coming and going on his ships, often accompanied by Marist priests. The first arrivals were fourteen young Melanesian evacuees from New Caledonia who fled…

The Lost and Found column in colonial newspapers

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Perhaps the most fascinating thing about archival work is the volume of ever-so-interesting-yet-not-related-to-what-you-are-actually-researching snippets of life that you notice (and get distracted by) along the way. Much of my research centres on the Colonial archive, particularly the archives pertaining to New Caledonia. A few years ago, I combed through thousands of pages…