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Welcome to Fair Dinkum Books. We specialise in books pertaining to New Zealand's military history. We research, write and self-publish our own books, and also offer a hosting service for other authors who are looking for an alternative outlet for their publications. The cornerstone of our business is the Onward series of portrait volumes. Information about this project may seen on our Onward Project page. Details and samples pages for each book can be found in the Bookshop.

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News - Updated 14 December 2019

New Book - Deeds Not Words

Deeds Not Words represents the roll of Mercantile Marine War Medal as issued in New Zealand. This long-overdue roll fills a gap in the numismatic knowledge of New Zealand's involvement in the First World War.

The roll identifies recipients of medals named in New Zealand, and those who received medals named in the UK and forwarded to New Zealand for issue. It describes the medals, naming styles, issue information and provides a number of short biographies for various individuals. Available now in the Bookshop.

Soft cover   l  253 pages  |  colour and b&w

Price: $49 plus postage


The Owaka World War One Roll of Honour lists the names of 45 men, but it does not tell the full story or the consequences of the conflict. The toll of young lives was a disaster for such a small community, and for years afterwards men were still dying from wounds, sickness, gas poisoning and suicide. Those who survived to resume their old lives were often scarred forever by their experiences. The authors have compiled a roll call of 424 Catlins soldiers, telling their stories for the first time.

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