Friday, 29 June 2012

New installments of the New Zealand Herald and the Auckland Star have just gone onto Papers Past. The New Zealand Herald now covers 1863 to 1884 and more is planned for the future. Whilst the coverage for the Auckland Star runs from 1870 through to the end of World War Two in 1945.

This treasure trove of fully searchable content is available at your finger tips on Papers Past. What will you find? Try searching for your birthday in the past or search using your surname as a keyword ... you might be surprised by what you find!

Juliet Hulme

Working in the Central Auckland Research Centre, one does tend to fancy oneself as a bit of a Nancy Drew at times. As we locate missing relatives and solve mysteries, we hope don’t start too many world wars in unsuspecting families.

Whilst scrolling through microfilms on a job for a customer, I came across an interesting photo in a 1948 copy of the Auckland Star. The caption reads: “Juliet Hulme and William Brown make a colourful picture in their bright tartan slacks when they arrived at Whenuapai this morning.” The issue was dated Tuesday 23 March 1948.

Could it be .... I wondered. Was this the murderess Juliet Hulme, aka Anne Perry, aka Kate Winslet in ‘Heavenly Creatures’? And why was Juliet and the boy, who appeared not to be related, wearing matching tartan slacks? Juliet did have a younger brother called Jonathan but it seems he arrived in New Zealand much later in the year with their parents. Naturally, I went ahead and sleuthed.

Ref: Auckland Star, cutting from 23 March 1948
In the collection here in the research centre, we have the most recent investigation into the Parker-Hulme business, ‘So Brilliantly Clever’  by Peter Graham. I flicked through to see if it was likely to be the same Juliet Hulme, or even to see if the photo itself had been included in Peter Graham's book. It had not, but there was a picture of Juliet around the same time and she looks much the same.

I sleuthed further. Juliet had indeed come to New Zealand in 1948 although not with her parents and brother. According to Graham, she had been sent to the Bahamas in 1947 to live with friends of the family, apparently due to ill health.  At some point she had arrived in New Zealand, spent time in the Bay of Islands, and met up with her folks later in the year. Graham estimated her arrival to be between February and April 1948. The Auckland Star photo was dated 23 March.

Graham also writes that the names of Juliet’s Bahama ‘foster parents’ were not known, and her mother never mentioned them in her correspondence. One might be led to conclude, however, taking into consideration Juliet, her travelling companion, and the matching tartan slacks, that the family was called Brown and that they had a little boy called William.  And, incidentally, ‘So Brilliantly Clever’ is a finalist in the NZ Post Book of the Year awards.

For all those budding sleuths out there, older copies of the Auckland Star from 1870 to 1926 can viewed and searched on the Papers Past website.

Author: Joanne Graves, Central Auckland Research Centre

Thursday, 28 June 2012

New Zealand Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic Review

Read all about it, The Central Auckland Research Centre at the Central City Library has the final instalment of the microfilm version of the New Zealand Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic Review!

Coverage includes: 2 August 1890 - 25 July 1901, 7 August 1902 - 31 July 1913, 7 January 1914 - 12 November 1914, 7 January 1915 - 15 Aprril 1942.

Ref: Image courtesy of Yale University Library
David Verran of the research centre notes: "As the title suggests the magazine focussed on sport, particularly horse racing, boxing, cricket and rugby, as well as on reports of stage performances and later also the motion picture industry. It was aimed more at men and generally those with a reasonable income, but included social pages for those who could afford to run a car. In the nineteenth and early twentieth century it was also an industry magazine for the liquor trade, and more likely available in hotel bars for patrons to read. Those issues include profiles of publicans, details of particular hotels and contact details for "turf accountants", otherwise known as bookmakers. It used good quality paper and was thus able to produce splendid glossy pictures for readers. It ceased during World War Two, and wasn't revived. Reproduction of: Auckland : Arthur Cleave and Company, 1890-1942".

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Auckland Weekly News photographs online

Auckland Libraries is fast approaching the end of a project to digitise all the Auckland Weekly News photographic supplements published between 1898 and 1943. You can already see all of the photographs up to 1927 on the Heritage Images database.

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
From the outset it was decided to digitise all the published photographs, not just those obviously relating to New Zealand. One of these images from around the world, is a rather dramatic photograph of Victor Grayson, addressing a crowd of unemployed workers at Tower Hill in London in 1908 (see below).

Ref: AWNS-19081210-7-3, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Inspired by this image, research has revealed that Grayson was an intriguing character. During World War I, he fought in the New Zealand forces and his digitised service records can be viewed and downloaded from Archives New Zealand. Grayson was also Labour Member of Parliament from 1907 to 1910 but during 1920 whilst based in London, he disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Lenin described Grayson as a "fiery socialist". Could Grayson's disapperance be linked to his political leanings?

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

Monday, 25 June 2012

Discovery at the Bavarian State Library

The Vatican has reported that 29 previously unpublished homilies, said to be the work of the third century theologian Origen of Alexandria have been discovered in the Bavarian State Library, by an Italian scholar.

Origen was one of the most important and prolific early church fathers. He is considered to have played a critical role in the development of Christian thought. His importance was reflected by Pope Benedict XVI, who dedicated two of his weekly church teaching sessions in 2007 to the importance of Origen's life and work.

Despite Origen's importance, few of his original texts remain, in part because he was post-humously condemned in the fifth century by the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople.

The Greek manuscript dates from the 12th century and has already been digitised by the Bavarian State Library and is available online (just enter "Homiliae in psalmos" into the search box).

Find out more.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Anniversary of Sir John Logan Campbell's death

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir John Logan Campbell, often considered to be the founding father of Auckland. There are many reminders of Sir John in the Auckland of today, including his gift of Cornwall Park to the people of Aotearoa New Zealand. The deeds for the park can be found in the Sir George Grey Special Collections at Central City Library. 

Ref: 7-C2033, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Professor Russell Stone has recently edited  'Poenamo', Sir John's pioneer reminiscences. Republished as a complete facsimile of the 1889 reissue, 'Poenamo Revisited: New Zealand's very first adventure story' is full of additional content, illustrations and biographical details. 

Ref: 1-W1497, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Stone is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Auckland and a specialist on Sir John Logan Campbell. He is also a trustee of the Auckland Library Heritage Trust, which works to promote and preserve the Sir George Grey Special Collections.

Ref: E0001, North Auckland Research Centre
Find out more about the book and the events at Cornwall Park marking Sir John's death.

For those wanting to investigate Campbell further, you can find a good selection of  images on the Heritage Images database and letters & other documents (including those relating to the liquor business Campbell and Ehrenfried Co. Ltd. that Sir John chaired) on the Manuscripts Online database.

Ref: 7-A4746, Sir George Special Collections

Grey's New Zealand Māori Manuscripts talk

Hear Robert Eruera from the Sir George Grey Special Collections speak about the wealth of cultural and historical pre-European information that can be found within Grey’s New Zealand Māori Manuscripts.

On Wednesday 27 June from 12-1pm at Auckland Central Library, Level 2, Whare Wānanga, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland 1142.

Find out more and book your place.
Ref: GNZMMS 89, Puhoro, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Māori heritage materials

Auckland Libraries has unique heritage collections. These preserve the past and memories of the region and record the diverse heritage of Auckland’s communities, with a focus on tangata whenua.

Check out the Māori heritage materials at Auckland Libraries.

Ref: 7-C1931, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Ka riri Taiha, ka kata Maero / When Taiha [is] angry, Maero laughs [or is merry]. Meaning: Keep your temper


Matariki atua, ka eke mai i te rangi e roa e
Whāngai iho ki te mata o te tau, e roa e.

Divine Matariki, come hither from the distant heavens,
Bestow the first fruits of the year upon us.

Ref: 35-R50, Sir George Grey Special Collections

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

UNESCO Memory of the World

Fancy going on a world tour of documentary heritage collections? Then read on ...

The UNESCO Memory of the World project was launched ten years ago. It aims to recognise & create awareness, provide access and ultimately help contribute towards the preservation of culturally significant documentary heritage from around the world. Cultural institutions are encouraged to nominate material for the internationally recognised register.

A look through the register reveals a wide array of items: illuminated manuscripts, archival records from significant companies, newspaper collections, photograph & film archives and even woodblocks. A wide range of languages, cultures, individuals, groups and events of significant social and cultural change are represented.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Illuminated addresses

Jubilee celebrations continue with the digitisation by the National Archives (UK) of a portion of the highly ornate ‘Privy Purse series’. These are congratulatory illuminated addresses presented to Queen Victoria to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in 1887 and Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Meanwhile back at the Central City Library, illuminated addresses also form part of the Sir George Grey Special Collections. You can view an online exhibition of these beautifully illustrated and decorated addresses created for a variety of occasions.

Ref: 799-NZMS-1203A,
Sir George Grey Special Collections

Ref: 799-NZMS-1203B,
Sir George Grey Special Collections



Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Reed brothers

At the Dunedin Public Libraries’ Reed Gallery, there is currently an exhibition showcasing the letters and manuscripts collected by the Dunedin publisher, Alfred Hamish Reed (1875-1975) over a sixty year period.

Our Will and Pleasure: Royal Autographs, Letters & Memorabilia of the British Monarchy covers the seventeenth century through to the early twentieth century and includes items written or signed by members of the royal houses of Great Britain from the House of Stuart to the current House of Windsor. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the wider events marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

It is also available as a rich online exhibition detailing the individual case items, along with excerpts and background information and high resolution zoomable scans.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Hokianga Harbour photographs

The Sir George Grey Special Collections has recently acquired a collection of 475 glass plate negatives taken by the photographer C P Dawes in and around Kohukohu, a small settlement on the Hokianga Harbour, in the early years of the 20th century. This rich treasure trove was found unexpectedly in an antique shop in Kaitaia, by a staff member who was holidaying in the area.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Heritage images & databases talk

On the 15 June, from 12-1pm in the Whare Wānanga on Level 2 at Auckland Central Library, there will be a talk by Heritage & Research staff on AL’s heritage photographic collections and online databases. More information about this talk.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Photographers & Photographists talk

Ref: 34-CAM, Sir George Grey Special Collections
On 13 June at Auckland Central City Library, Keith Giles from the Sir George Grey Special Collections will be talking on Photographers & Photographists: Investigating early NZ photographers. Keith will provide information on the Photographers Database, an index to many of the photographers who have worked in New Zealand from the 1840s to the present day.

More information.

Digitisation & access to Queen Victoria's Journals

Queen Victoria’s Journals from the Royal Archives have been digitised by the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford and the Royal Archives, London.

These journals cover the period 1932-1091 and are available online. In total, there are 141 surviving volumes numbering 43,765 pages. Their release has been timed to coincide with the celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II - the only British Monarch other than Queen Victoria to have reigned for 60 years.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

The Apprentice exhibition

Photo credit: Ted Scott, 'The Hole in the Wall Gang'
The Apprentice is a black & white photographic exhibition of London in the 1960s, taken by well known West Auckland landscape photographer, Ted Scott.

From 7 to 30 June at West Auckland Research Centre, JT Diamond Room, Floor 2, Waitakere Central Library, 3 Ratanui St, Henderson.

Ted Scott will be giving a gallery talk on Wednesday, the13th June from 1-1.30pm.

More information.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Flip, Flop & Fly: Pancakes at Papatoetoe exhibition

Flip, flop and fly! - pancakes at Papatoetoe, 1966. Two women tossing pancakes during a street parade organised by the St George Street Business Association, Papatoetoe, March 1966. "All eyes are on the 'ball' during the Hawaiian Day pancake tossing race. Mrs Hayward (left) came from behind to beat Mrs Walker (right)". (South Auckland Courier, 16 March 1966, p. 26). 

Ref: Footprints 00054, South Auckland Research Centre
Flip, Flop & Fly: Pancakes at Papatoetoe features in an exhibition of photographs by the late Trevor Penman that provide a fascinating insight into life in Papatoetoe during the 1950s and 1960s.

The exhibition, organised by the Papatoetoe Historical Society, features a number of photographs from the South Auckland Research Centre collection and the Auckland Libraries Footprints database.

Auckland Then & Now exhibition

Ref: 1-W1555, Sir George Grey Special Collections
  An exhibition of photographs comparing present day Auckland to 100 years ago.  From 1 June to 20 July at Auckland Central Library, Atrium, Level 2, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland CBD.

More information.

Colonel Sanders autobiography/cookbook discovered

A 200 page manuscript entitled ‘Colonel Harland Sanders: The Autobiography of the Original Celebrity Chef’ written in 1966, was discovered in the KFC archives last November. This previously unpublished cookbook/autobiography includes 33 never before seen Southern recipes (except the KFC chicken secret blend of herbs and spices!) and will be published online in June for free via Facebook.

More information.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Tapa cloth books collected during the voyages of Captain Cook

If you were intrigued by the image of the tapa cloth book included two posts ago, then read on …

Housed in the Sir George Grey Special Collections at Auckland Central Library is one of thirty surviving, individually distinct copies of ‘A catalogue of the different specimens of cloth collected in the three voyages of Captain Cook’.  London: Printed for Alexander Shaw, 1787.

Ref: 7-C1922, Sir George Grey Special Collections
For more information, check out Real Gold: treasures of Auckland City Libraries.

Other copies can be found at the Alexander Turnbull Library and the British Museum.

Tangata O Le Moana book

Tangata O Le Moana, edited by: Sean Mallon, Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai, and Damon Salesa. Te Papa Press, 2012.
Using a fresh perspective, this award winning and lusciously illustrated book seeks to reposition and reframe Pacific Island people and history within a new context, which moves beyond past traditional (mis)representations and omissions. Whilst the book does not profess to be a comprehensive history of the Pacific, the collective combination of fifteen essays written by well known (Anne Salmond, Janet Davidson, Peter Adds) and newly emerging authors, represents the intertwining of the people and historical narratives of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

Pacific heritage collections and resources

In honour of le Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa - Samoan Language Week & Samoan Independence Day, check out the Pacific heritage collections and resources available at Auckland Libraries.

Ref: 7-C1922, Sir George Grey Special Collections