History Under the Hammer

7:00pm Sunday, May 27 on Prime

Documentary Series

Featured on History Under The Hammer tonight is the iconic art work “Kotare over Ratana” by artist Don Binney. Also going under a the hammer is a magnificent Waka Huia signed by its much celebrated carver Anaha Te Rahui, and a pharmaceutical collection that has survived four generations in the same family tells the history of New Zealand pharmacy.

7:00pm Sunday, May 20 on Prime

Documentary Series

Tonight on History Under The Hammer is a 1905 Minerva motorbike bought with profits made by an Otago goldminer. Also up for auction are the diaries of a 22 year-old World War One soldier who battled the horrors of both Gallipoli and the Somme, and a major sized poster advertising an iconic brand; Taniwha soap.

7:00pm Sunday, May 13 on Prime

Documentary Series

Tonight on History Under The Hammer is a pair of skis that once belonged to famous Cantabrian James Dennistoun, who managed to wing his way onto Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica. Also up for auction are a rare and beautifully carved pre contact tiki, and a telescope used by a Captain who worked for the Northern Steamship Company.

7:00pm Sunday, May 6 on Prime

Documentary Series

Featured on History Under The Hammer tonight is a collection of poems and pictures from two of New Zealand’s early literary legends, a rare and fragile chest carved out of kauri gum from the Northland gum fields, and snapshots taken by an early New Zealand photographer of a bygone era in Samoa.

7:00pm Sunday, April 29 on Prime

Documentary Series

On History Under The Hammer tonight, we learn about an artwork by Pat Hanley depicting the voyage of the powerful seventies peace squadron deployed against nuclear vessels in the Waitemata Harbour. Also up for auction is a cap worn by one of the players of New Zealand’s first ever representative ruby team for the 1884 tour of New South Wales, and a Taiaha bound with hair from the now extinct Kuri or Maori dog.

7:00pm Sunday, April 22 on Prime

Documentary Series

In this episode of History Under The Hammer, a taxidermied head of the now extinct Huia bird is up for auction, along with a rare two volume book of native birds written by Sir Walter Buller – the man held responsible for the Huia’s demise. Also going under the hammer tonight is a time capsule consisting of 80,000 glass negatives documenting Whanganui’s social history.

7:00pm Sunday, April 15 on Prime

Documentary Series

Tonight on History Under The Hammer, rugby memorabilia takes centre stage including a team photo of the 1924 Invincibles featuring star player and rugby legend George Nepia. Also going under the hammer is an artwork by Tony Fomison based on the Aramoana “No Smelter” protest movement. Meanwhile, posters from the fledgling TEAL airline tell the story of privileged air travel from the 1940’s through to the 1960’s.

7:00pm Sunday, April 8 on Prime

Documentary Series

Tonight on History Under the Hammer we learn about a waistcoat that was not only made for Captain James Cook in the 1770’s, but was altered and partied hard in by a gifted singer, musician and Sydney socialite Ruby Rich. Also featured in this episode is an extraordinary and highly collectible piece of early New Zealand pottery made by Wellington Potter Peter Hutson and classic NZ Rail teacups made by Crown Lynn that made many a trip up and down the main trunk line.

7:00pm Sunday, March 25 on Prime

Documentary Series

Featured on History Under the Hammer tonight is a DFC, or distinguished flying cross, awarded to a courageous New Zealander and WW1 pilot following the first successful aircraft carrier strike using Sopwith camels in the battle of Tondern. Also going under the hammer is a taxidermied head of the now extinct Kuri (Maori dog), as well as designer frocks from the 1960’s.

7:00pm Sunday, April 1 on Prime

Documentary Series

Tonight on History Under The Hammer we learn about a painting of the legendary South Island sheep stealer James Mackenzie and his four legged accomplice, a dog called Friday. Also going under the hammer tonight is a clone of the Lola, as driven by New Zealand motor racing legends Bruce McClaren, Denny Hulme and Chris Amon, plus a vintage first edition of New Zealand’s first ever wine book published 185 years ago.