Showing posts from May, 2012

1200-year-old manuscript discovered at Sir George Grey Special Collections, Central City Library

Dr Alexandra Barratt, Georgia Prince and Kate deCourcy, Sir George Grey Special Collections Auckland Libraries staff have made a remarkable discovery: a manuscript that is more than 1,200 years old! Fragments of the centuries-old manuscript were found sewn into some of Auckland Libraries' oldest books, a late-15th Century bible held in the Sir George Grey Special Collections.
Manuscript fragments in bindings, Sir Geroge Grey Special Collections Papal indulgences 1510, Sir George Grey Special Collections
More information.

Big sugar in little Birkenhead – and the Chelsea Archives

Photo credit: Melvin Vaniman c1902, Chelsea Archives It's big, it's orange, it's preposterous. You see it out of the corner of your eye as you drive up the Harbour Bridge, unless you're concentrating on the road of course.. It's the Chelsea Sugar Refinery in Birkenhead.

Countryside in the City

Bruce Ringer, Team Leader South Auckland Research Centre, has just had a new book published on the history of Totara Park.

Heritage news stories

What's New on The Knowledge Basket?
Pacific Economic Bulletin on Niustext database, 18 May 2012
New to Niustext - Pacific Economic Bulletin archives from June 1987 to December 2010 are now available for searching.

Radio NZ Nine to Noon interview with Dr Barratt
Dr Nick Barratt is a British genealogist, broadcaster, historian and author. He was the head genealogist on the BBC's television series Who Do You Think You Are? for four years.
This interview is available as podcast on RNZ.

Home Fires Burning - New Zealand's Vietnam War

This exhibition draws on images and oral history recordings from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage Vietnam War Project. From 21 April – 28 June 2012 at Papakura Museum, 209 Great South Road.

Joking Aside exhibition

 This humorous and visual journey features political and social satire from the 18th - 20th Century. The caricatures, cartoons and comic illustrations included in the exhibition have been produced by both international and NZ artists.

From 28 March - 15 July 2012 at Auckland Central Library, Level 2, Sir George Grey Special Collections, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland 1142.

Find out more about the exhibition and the exhibition highlights.

And on a related note, view an article on the NZ Cartoon Archive.

War themed heritage news stories

Timeline WW2 iPad app
Check out this new Timeline WW2 with Dan Snow iPad app which has recently been released. It is timeline based and aims to offer an alternative and interactive experience than those offered by books and TV. Read the customer reviews.

NZ Gallipoli hero
Move over John Simpson Kirkpatrick and Duffy, the donkey and make room for New Zealand Gallipoli hero William Henry & Murphy, the mule ...
Find out more about the Kiwi claim to legend of Gallipoli heroism.

WW1 War Stories from Te Ara
Powerful and personal tribute to a NZ solider with German ancestry using archival records from ATL and Archives NZ. Find out more information about this WW1 war story.

Can we help you? Yes we can!

Doing research on your family history or whakapapa?
Or a project on local or Aotearoa NZ history?
Or on Royal Visits?
Or hats as accessories?
Take a look inside the four research centres in Central, North, West and South Auckland plus the Sir George Grey Special Collections in the Central City Library..

More information.

Ref: T6488, North Auckland Research Centre

Ref: JTD-11K-02135, West Auckland Research Centre

Ref: 02367, South Auckland Research Centre

Please allow us to introduce ourselves …

Four research centres and the Sir George Grey Special Collections and a whole heap of incredible heritage library collections, arranged around two harbours and many volcanoes! Plus cool links and heritage news stories. Stay tuned ...

2012 ANZAC Day blog challenge review

My girls took part in the Anzac Day Citizens Parade once again - as Scouts this year. One of my daughter's is also now an Assistant Patrol Leader. They are growing up so fast.

As usual, Anzac Day is a time for reflection. As a proud mother, I can relate a bit to the pride the mothers of the servicemen and women that fought, and get some inkling of the fear mixed with pride that the mothers must have felt when their children marched off to war.

Mothers look at their children with such hope for the future.

Once again, we have a great mix of New Zealand and Australian service people contributed from bloggers all over.

First post is Shelley, my co-host from last year:
Shelley of Twigs of Yore: Charles George French, returned serviceman, WWI Story told from his mother's perspective. Annie: Private Arthur Edward Taylor, died of meningitis while at training camp 1916. War grave near Annie's family bach. Merron: The McClintock brothers. WWI - James McClintock, died in action; John…