Friday, April 25, 2014

Anzac Day

This year's Anzac Day takes on special significance with the start of the upcoming centenary of the First World War being marked in August.

You can find out more about Anzac Day on the NZ History online and Te Ara websites and browse the Anzac related heritage resources at Auckland Libraries. To find out about services being held around the Auckland region, check out the Auckland council website for more information.

The library also has a range of heritage images showing Anzac Day scenes over the years, such as services, parades, memorials and banners. You can search for these by using the keyword Anzac in the search box of  the heritage databases: Heritage Images, Local History Online and Footprints. We have put together a selection for you below and as you look through these, take a moment to remember all the servicemen and servicewomen who have served for their country.


Ref: Photographer unknown, Anzac Day ceremony, Papatoetoe, c. 1970s, photograph reproduced by courtesy of Mr Neil Closey (via Cheryl Fowler), South Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries, Footprints 01506
Ref: Photographer unknown, Anazac service, Auckland Town Hall, corner of Greys Ave and Queen St, c. 1922-1929, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 7-A1591
Ref: J.T. Diamond, Anzac Memorial service on beach at Piha, 1953, West Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries, JTD-04K-00107-2

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.