The project has turned up some fascinating and intriguing images, such as an 1886 design by John Crook of Ponsonby for an airship (see below), imaginatively seen flying over central Auckland.
|Ref: AWNS-19020710-1-2, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19081210-7-3, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
It is also interesting to see that Grayson's file includes a letter of enquiry dated 1962 from life-long socialist and University of Auckland librarian, Herbert Roth. His request to view Grayson’s war records was turned down on the grounds that the file was "of a personal nature", and therefore confidential. Or perhaps the rejection was actually because of Roth’s left-wing affiliations?
Digitisation of the Auckland Weekly News will continue and the remainder of the images up to 1943 will be available online by the end of the year.
Author: Keith Giles, Photographic Collections Librarian, Sir George Grey Special Collections