Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NZ Herald up to 1945 now available on Papers Past

The New Zealand Herald is now available from 1863 up to 1945 on Papers Past!

This is the culmination of a collaborative project  between Auckland Libraries, the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga O Aotearoa and APN (the publishers of the New Zealand Herald) to fully digitise 82 years of the New Zealand Herald from 1863-1945. Prior to this latest release, content for this newspaper was available up to 1924.

Ref: excerpt from New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVII, Issue 23680, 12 June 1940, page 12
All of this wonderful content is now available and fully searchable through Papers Past, an online newspaper database run by the National Library. Papers Past contains more than 3 million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals from between 1839 and 1945, including 83 separate newspaper titles.

For the Auckland region, Papers Past now includes the archived issues of eight newspaper titles. The essential morning and evening papers are digitised up to 1945, with the New Zealand Herald starting in 1863 and the Auckland Star in 1870. The oldest title is the Daily Southern Cross, with coverage from 1843-1876.

Monday, April 21, 2014


Although Easter still has religious significance for many people, for others it is an opportunity to have a holiday and enjoy the last few rays of  the Kiwi autumn before the long winter months set in. Events such as race meetings, day trips, tramps, horticultural shows and sports tournaments are often held over the Easter period. And of course there is the obligatory hot cross buns and Easter egg eating!

You can use the Ephemera Index to search for heritage related resources at Auckland Libraries such as information about Easter shows and Easter cards. The Manuscripts Online database has letters and other unpublished material relating to Easter. This includes a letter from Bishop Selwyn to Sir George Grey in 1883, in which he discusses grass seeds and advises Grey that he will be in Auckland over Easter (GLNZ S17.2). Simply enter Easter into the keyword search box of both databases and have a browse.

In the meantime, here is a selection for you to flick through in the meantime - best enjoyed with some chocolate egg in your hand!

Kiwi Easter egg (not that we are suggesting you should eat a kiwi egg but it did seem a festive photo!):

Ref: James D Richardson, stereoscope showing kiwi and a kiwi egg in a display case, c. 1930s, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 4-8535