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James Cowan

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James Cowan


14 Apr 1870 – 6 Sep 1943


James Cowan
Biography of prolific historian and journalist best known for the two-volume The New Zealand Wars: A History of the Māori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period


Rail tourism

From the late 19th century the expanding rail network opened up exciting leisure and tourism opportunities for ordinary New Zealand families. New Zealand Railways promoted rail holidays through bright, attractive posters and its own popular monthly magazine. Read the full article

Page 5 - Railways Magazine

During the inter-war years no other monthly magazine matched New Zealand Railways for its commitment to promoting a popular literary culture in New

The 1920s

The 1920s was the decade that modern New Zealand came of age. Despite political and economic uncertainty, the country shrugged off the gloom of war to embrace the Jazz Age - an era of speed, power and glamour. Explore an overview of the decade and a year-by-year breakdown of key events. Read the full article

Page 6 - 1923 - key events

A selection of key New Zealand events from

Generations of New Zealanders have known about our exploits in two world wars and the impact of these conflicts on the nation. They have been less familiar with New Zealand’s internal wars of the 19th century.