The Friends publishes Flotsam & Jetsam – a regular newsletter for its members. F&J is produced five times a year and covers Friends events and initiatives, and Hocken staff updates, exhibitions, research, publications, acquisitions, and other activities.

Recent back issues of F&J are available for new members on request, and previous issues and Annual Reports are available as PDFs below.

Some previous issues include an original article by the Editor, which may be related to the topic of the upcoming bi-monthly talk. The title and topic of the original article is noted below.


F&J 102 Oct 2023 “The Way of the Future: Computers and AI”

F&J 101 Aug 2023 “The Mellor Connection”

F&J 100 May 2023 “F&J 100th Issue”

F&J 99 March 2023 “Agricultural & Pastoral Society Shows”


F&J 98 Dec 2022 “Birthday Greetings”

F&J 97 Sep 2022 “Professor Robert Jack, University of Otago physicist, early researcher in radio transmission”

F&J 96 May 2022

F&J 95 March 2022


Hocken Collections Annual Report, 2021

F&J 94 Nov 2021 “Dr Hocken’s Oldest Book and Oldest Friend”

F&J 93 July 2021 “Do as I say but remember”

F&J 92 May 2021 “Here is the News”

F&J 91 February 2021 “What to do in your Retirement – Sort Out your Papers.”


Hocken Collections Annual Report, 2020

F&J 90 November 2020 “Travelling in the Imagination: How the Hocken Archives can Inspire Fiction Writers.”

F&J 89 August 2020 “Hocken Collections: A Unique Part of a Bigger Picture.”

F&J 88 July 2020

F&J 87 March 2020


F&J 86 December 2019 Hocken Collections Annual Report, 2019.

F&J 85 November 2019 “The Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences – Beginnings.”

F&J 84 July 2019 “Extreme Weather Event 1939 – The Radio Must Go On” – A journey to Highcliff in the snow on one of Captain Scott’s Antarctic sleds, to re-provision trapped radio station operators.

F&J 83 April 2019 “A Busy Hub – Lawrence, mid-April 1869.”

F&J 82 March 2019


F&J 81 November 2018 “UNESCO Memory of the World” – descriptions of the five Hocken Collections inscriptions on the Aotearoa New Zealand Register at that date.

F&J 80 September 2018 “Women’s Suffrage Exhibition” – Hocken Collections’ relevant art and archives.

F&J 79 July 2018 “Turnbull and Hocken” – the relationship between the two collectors

F&J 78 April 2018 “The Democratising of New Zealand, National Council of Women” – the history of the Dunedin branch of the National Council of Women.


F&J 77 November 2017 “The Story of A Book” – John Liddiard Nicholas’s Narrative of  a Voyage to New Zealand (1817), from author to publisher, to initial purchaser, to the Hocken Collection.

F&J 76 July 2017 “WW2 – At the Front and Back Home” – notable events, including the establishment, briefly, of a War Administration.

F&J 75 May 2017 “Moonlight and Mutual Improvement” – early Dunedin and its cultural and intellectual life.

F&J 74 March 2017 “The Battle of Manners St, 1943.”


F&J 73 December 2016 “The Minister’s Dilemma” – Minister of Defence James Allen, the Defence Act 1909 and the Military Service Act.

F&J 72 September 2016 “This is Dunedin calling” – some history of radio in Dunedin, including 4YA.

F&J 71 July 2016 “Colin McCahon, Family Man.”

F&J 70 May 2016 “When your ship comes” – The Aldinga (an iron screw steamer) and trips between Australia, Bluff and Port Chalmers in the 1860s.

F&J 69 March 2016 “The Otago Museum Classical Collection.”


F&J 68 November 2015 “Setting the stage” – music and theatre in Dunedin in the 1850s and 1860s.


Issue 63 November 2014

Issue 60 June 2014

Issue 59 March 2014


Issue 58 December 2013

Issue 57 October 2013

Issue 56 June 2013

Issue 55 April 2013