About

The NAPIER AthenÆum

The NAPIER AthenÆum is named for the AthenÆum: A Journal of Literature, Science and the Fine Arts, published by John Francis of London before, during, and after the reign of William IV, a period in which the world first took sustained notice of New Zealand.

It is similarly named for the AthenÆum, Napier founded, as a Mechanics Institute in 1859  and incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1876, an institution that, from a base in colonial New Zealand, endeavoured to pay sustained attention to the rest of the world.

With due respect to the original editor of the AthenÆum, and in homage to the sailor king William IV, the subject area of Science has been replaced with that of Seafaring. Occasional works on the subject of Science may, however, still appear.

Contributions are by invitation. Those desirous of such an invitation, can send contributions, for kindly consideration, to napierathenaeum@gmail.com.

Editorial Board: John Francis (deceased) and Lady Historian of Napier

Honorary Subject Advisors: English Ceramics Arthur Hayden, English Furniture John Gloag, English Glass, J. Sydney Lewis

Editor: Douglas Lloyd Jenkins

Contents Volume 1. Number 10.

July 2012

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SS Wonga Wonga: Reminiscences on a life at sea recounted in 5 Chapters

English Silver Lustreware Teapots of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Opening of the Clifton Suspension Bridge

(as reported in The Atheneum September 10 1836)

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Contents Volume 1. Number 9.

February 2012

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The Appearances and Disappearances of Joseph Gaut

A recent report of Sea Monsters

Colonial Bride of the Sea 

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Contents Volume 1. Number 8.

December 2011

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A Stranger to Napier: D. B. Frame & the Clive Memorial 

Alexander Pope: A Dying Christian to his Soul 

Publius Aelius Trajanus Hadrianus Augustus: Animula Vagula Blandula:

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Contents Volume 1. Number 7.

November 2011

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 W. A. Bowring: The Travails of a True Colonial Artist.

Hubert Vaile.

How to name your Whaleboat.

references.

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Contents Volume 1. Number 6.

October 2011

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Worth Quotin’ Reporting the Oscar Wilde Trials.

Sailing Instructions for the Port of Napier (1886).

Charles Campbell: Two Portraits.

references.

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Contents Volume 1. Number 5.

September 2011

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The Long Goodbye: Joseph Severn, Oliver Goldsmith and The Deserted Village.

Robbie Burns, Dunedin.

[an excerpt from] a review of The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith;

The Star of the South and her Fate.

references

Contents Volume 1. Number 4.

August 2011

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Edward Lyndon

A Sea Ballad 

Claude Joseph Vernet 

Origins of the Ale-Yard Glass and their desirability as a component in glass collections

references

Contents Volume 1. Number 3.

July 2011

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What we know about Samuel Begg

Portrait of Thomas Carlyle

Miscellanea

(being excerpts from a review of Thomas Carlyle’sThe French Revolution: A History, The Athenaeum No 499. 1837)

The great 12-inch guns and brave gunner boys of the seagoing battleship Iowa

references 

Contents Volume 1. Number 2.

June 2011

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Considering the Library at Kawau

On the death of Sir John Soane

The development of the balloon-back chair (1830-1850)

The fallen angel at the Mock Election (1827)

references 


Contents Volume 1. Number 1.

May 2011

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Mr. John Perrett in Napier 

A Portrait of Sydney Parkinson

Miscellanea 

Some Thoughts on John Gibson’s Narcissus (1829)

Construction of Brunel’s Great Eastern 

references 


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