Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Auckland Cup and racing at Ellerslie

To celebrate Auckland Cup day at Ellerslie today, we've had look through various Heritage and Research collections held at Auckland Libraries to find out some the history around the Auckland Racing Club, the Auckland Cup and Ellerslie racecourse.

Horses have raced at Ellerslie since 1857 when Robert Graham hosted a race meeting on his property, on the site which is now Ellerslie Racecourse. The Auckland Racing club then purchased thirty-six hectares of land from Graham in 1872 on which the course is situated.

Friday, February 27, 2015

How valuable is the very first copy of the New Zealand Herald, from 13 November 1863?

Over the years, many people have claimed to have a copy of the very first New Zealand Herald.   As there are only two known full copies, one with the publishers and the other with the National Library in Wellington, any other copy would be extremely valuable.

How then, can they be sure if the copy is indeed an original from 1863?