Rachel Buchanan reviews 'A Concise History of New Zealand' by Philippa Mein

A Concise History of New Zealand

by Philippa Mein

Smith Cambridge University Press, $39.95 pb, 320 pp, 9781107402171

New Zealand coins often sneak into Australian purses. Both currencies bear the queen’s, and some coins have common colonial symbols on the front (Cook’s Endeavour on the Kiwi fifty cent, for example), but these coins only work by stealth. They have value if they can pass as Australian. Recognised for what they are – foreign objects – their currency evaporates.

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Rachel Buchanan

Rachel Buchanan

Rachel Buchanan is the curator, Germaine Greer Archive, University of Melbourne, and a former ABR Fellow.

Published in February 2012 no. 338

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