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Identifier: clels4

Summary of contents

A collection of newspaper clippings, articles, and handwritten notes about Richard Pearse, the New Zealand claimant to the first flight of a heavier-than-air machine (possibly predating the Wright brothers). Two of the newspaper clippings make reference to Pearse’s biography ‘The Riddle of Richard Pearse’ by Gordon Ogilvie. The other documents discuss his general personal life, the directions he went in after fighting in WWI and where his engines are held (i.e the Museum of Transport in Auckland). The date range is c. 1972-1974.


  • Creation: Collection covers ca 1960-2010

Conditions Governing Access

Access is freely available within the J.C.Beaglehole Room for research and private study. For any use beyond this, please contact the J.C.Beaglehole Room ( in the first instance.


From the Fonds: 100 linear_centimeters (Hutt Valley Independent and Upper Hutt Advertiser (2009.044) has been given a call number (DU401.1 H982) and is located on the Atlas shelving.)

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Repository Details

Part of the Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections - JC Beaglehole Reading Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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