Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Life 100 Years Ago and the Auckland Weekly News Supplement photos

The Auckland Weekly News: a journal of commerce, agriculture, politics, literature and art ran from 1863 to 1971. From 1898 a photographic supplement was added. Auckland Libraries has digitised the published images from 1898 to 1943. The originals of the supplements along with the newspapers are held by the Sir George Grey Special Collections and are a valuable resource for social historians and students and a wide variety of people carrying out research.

You will be seeing a lot more of the photos from the supplement to the Auckland Weekly News  ... We have just signed up to be part of the Life 100 Years Ago project from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Ref: Auckland Weekly News, military training, 7 May 1914, no locations, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19140507-39-1
Using Twitter and the hashtag #WW100, we will be tweeting a photo a week from the newspaper supplement. Other contributing institutions are tweeting extract from diaries (e.g. Leslie Adkins diary - Te Papa), letters (Roy Thomas Bruce's letters - University of Canterbury's collections) and  newspapers (Papers Past -  The National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga O Aotearoa and contributing institutions).

You will be able to visually watch  the lead up to the war as it develops: training at military camps around NZ, follow the events overseas on the battlefields and what was happening back on the home front.

Ref:  full page from the Auckland Weekly News supplement for 14 May 1914, Sir  George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19140514
To find out how to maximise your search for images from the supplement on the Heritage Images database, we have specially prepared a 'how to guide'.

Ref: Auckland Weekly News, Territorials at camp, Hautapu near Cambridge, 14 May 1914, Sir George Grey Special Collections, AWNS-19140514-40-3
Follow us on Twitter @AkWeeklyNews and the aggregated tweet street @life100yearsago. You can also follow all the events on  the Life 100 years ago Facebook page. Find out more about this project and check who else is involved in this project on the WW100 website.

Author: Natasha Barrett (NB)

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