The Powder Plot

On the 5th of November 1605, a group of English Catholics attempted to blow up the House of Lords with 36 barrels of gunpowder. Catholics in England had faced heavy persecution from the British Crown after the split from the Roman Church by the British monarchy and the Church of England. The authorities were warned by a letter … More The Powder Plot

“Borrow Bravely”: The Lending Library at St Thomas’, Tamaki

The parish of St Thomas’ in Tamaki, located on the north east boundry of the original  grounds of St John’s College, was built in 1842 with the foundation stone laid in 1843 by Acting Governor Willoughby Shortland. The building was designed by Sampson Kempthorne, who was known as the “Workhouse Architect” as he had designed numerous workhouses in England before … More “Borrow Bravely”: The Lending Library at St Thomas’, Tamaki

Uncovering Manuscript Waste in the Rare Books Collection

Today’s post was written by Emeritus Professor Alexandra Barratt in Medieval and Manuscript Studies at the University of Waikato. Professor Barratt and her research assistant Alexandria Gillespie wrote this post in 2014 when she undertook research on items held in our rare book collection at the John Kinder Theological Library.  Among the early printed books in … More Uncovering Manuscript Waste in the Rare Books Collection

William Vernon Evans

Some “strays” from what seems to have been a collection of Selwyn related books, have come our way in recent months. Amongst them, this tiny leather bound Greek Testament thought  to have belonged to William Evans, a colleague of Selwyn at Eton, who accompanied the Bishop to New Zealand in 1841. Inscribed To W. Evans, … More William Vernon Evans

Book of Hours

The John Kinder Theological Library rare books collection holds a Book of Hours, on behalf of the Methodist Trinity College. This was originally donated to the college by the New Zealand publisher, A. H. Reed. This beautiful item was exhibited at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne in 2008 for an exhibition on illuminated manuscripts … More Book of Hours