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Decorative initials from medieval manuscripts through to 21st century alphabet books.
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Names of Auckland children who signed a congratulatory address to Queen Victoria on her Diamond Jubilee.
Trace your family history by searching census information. Access only from a library.
Search through U.S. city directories for information on residents in the 1950s. Access only from a library.
Images and historical narratives, from early exploration to the heroic age and 20th century Antarctica.
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A collection of primary sources for the historical study of sex, sexuality, and gender with material dating back to the 16th century
Wonderful features of Auckland, from the 1800s through to more modern times.
Arrivals, vessel names and dates from 1838 to 1889. This collection can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Details of ships passing through Auckland between 1838 and 1886. This collection can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Search for the original purchasers of land in the Auckland central business district, section and lot numbers, area, and year.
Curated audio recordings of events and interviews about collections from Auckland Libraries.
Annual census for Auckland area households and inhabitants from 1842 to 1846.
Look up public artworks such as murals, sculptures and water features in Auckland.
An alphabetical list of street names in the former districts of Auckland region to help with local history research.
Search articles in over 400 Australian and New Zealand regional and international newspapers from 1996 to today.
Search for full-text magazines, newspapers, biographies and reference books available to libraries in Australia and New Zealand.
Watch a wide range of New Zealand and international movies, documentaries and indie films for free.
Search historical British newspapers covering local and national news from 1700 - 2000s. Can only be accessed in a library.
Pamphlets covering the key political, social, technological and environmental issues of 19th century Britain.
This online version of the Auckland City Council History Index can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Find business case studies and company histories including SWOT reports, investment reports, and financial reports.
Short books on big subjects from great New Zealand writers. Access The Treaty of Waitangi Collection and more through Bridget Williams Books.
Access price information on antiques from 1500 to the present day. Search or browse by category.
Records for Hillsborough, Onetangi, Otahuhu, Waikaraka and more from as early as 1890. These can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Cemetery records of Symonds Street and St Stephens cemeteries from 1849 to 1982.
The return of troops after WWI and the impact of war on New Zealand, in postcards, letters and photographs.
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A digital archive of the popular British daily newspaper from 1896 to 2004.
Official public archives of UK government. Digital images of all wills and probate records, cabinet records, pictures, photographs and historical documents from the Public Record Office.
Stories from residents, shopkeepers and visitors to Dominion Road. This collection can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Read thousands of recent popular magazines and journals from mainland China online.
Browse through online journals, magazines, trade publications, bulletins and newspapers.
This resource covers the North Auckland, Auckland metropolitan and South Auckland areas into the Waikato.
Cards, posters, tickets, programmes brochures and flyers from all over Auckland from the 1840s to present.
Access to 500 hours of documentaries, ethnographic films, narrative feature films, and short films from around the world.
A collection of genealogies, maps and ports available on Kura Heritage Collections Online. Most records are in library use only.
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Memories of the father of New Zealand geology, including his diary, letters, books, sketches, and even dinosaur fossils.
Search family history records for British, Irish, Australian and New Zealand ancestors. Remote access is temporarily available.
Highlights from our collection of herbal and botanical illustrations.
Images, drawings and ephemera relating to the South Auckland and North Waikato areas from the 1870s to the present day. These can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
A selection of the best examples of fine book making, usually printed by hand or produced in very limited editions
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Easy to understand overviews and reliable research on history, literature, science and social studies for secondary school students.
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Reference material on elements, reactions, crystals, molecules, and compounds, with manipulatable 3D models
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Interactive models to help visualize concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, supporting high school and university courses
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Simultaneously search or browse through all Gale historical newspapers from the 1600s to the 21st century.
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Focuses on the critical issues and events that influence women's lives.
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Photographs and oral histories from Glen Eden people. This collection can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
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A celebration of the life and work of award-winning Auckland photographer Herman John Schmidt.
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A digital archive of the historic newspaper, including illustrations and indices, from 1842 to 2003.
History, art, theatre, film and music references from Auckland newspapers and journals. These can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
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Read and listen to Māori stories on the Lingogo app. Immerse yourself in te reo Māori or tap sentences for English translations.
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Find biographical information and news on notable authors from all time periods and genres.
Local History Online indexes, oral histories, and heritage images from North and West Auckland can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Follow our step by step research guide for help with researching a local place, organisation, person or historic Auckland event.
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Taonga Māori from our heritage collections including rare manuscripts, early published materials, photographs and drawings.
A selection of significant events from the history of the former Manukau City and adjoining areas. This collection can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
A collection of manuscripts, diaries and letters, plus records of businesses, schools and churches
Read answers to common homework questions written by librarians.
Maps of the Symonds Street cemetery showing the sections allotted to different denominations.
Browse full text periodicals on business, health, education, fitness, sports, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion.
Features more than 800,000 pages of brand-new, full text searchable, scans of the complete run of the Mirror from 1903-2000, including the Sunday Mirror.
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Search through every issue of the National Geographic magazine from 1888 to today.
Listen to thousands of classical music recordings including choral, orchestral, opera and more.
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Heritage items associated with Lord Nelson, famous for fighting in the Napoleonic Wars and the Battle of Trafalgar.
Indices of local and national newspapers, New Zealand periodicals, books and scrapbooks from the 1950s to 1996.
Pages from three New Zealand Chinese publications from 1921 to 1972. These can now be viewed in Kura Heritage Collections Online.
Watch streaming video featuring the natural history of New Zealand, Pacific, Asia and America.
Find members of the Armed Constabulary of New Zealand and the various Militia and Volunteer Corps from the 1860s.
Soldiers Road artists Taaniko Nordstrom and Vienna Nordstrom present the Seven Sisters of Matariki.
Live market information on New Zealand listed and delisted companies including financials, announcements and annual reports.
Browse, read and download OECD authored books, papers and statistics on global economics, energy, trade, finance and more.
Search the Oxford English Dictionary online for word and phrase definitions, origins and examples of use in English literature.
From zines to miniature books, hand coloured rose plates to blueprints - the diversity of material in this exhibition is sure to surprise and delight.
Illustrations from classic and well-loved children’s books such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Pinocchio.
Articles, biographies, image galleries and bibliographies on famous artists. This access does not include Benezit Dictionary of Artists.
Research music, composers and instruments from any genre, era or culture. Browse expert-curated articles in the subject guides.
A free online web program that's designed to help adult learners improve reading, writing and maths skills. Learners can upskill for work and daily life.
Portraits of spiritual life and worship in South Auckland.
The photographers database is an index to photographers who have worked in New Zealand from the 1840s to the present day.
Search facsimile images from the iconic British newspaper by keyword and filter results by dates, images and article type.
Read and contribute to PK Mag for kids, and see your ideas and projects published online too.
A collection of glass plate negatives of scenic views of New Zealand, from Northland to Stewart Island.
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Photos of protests for freedom – from peaceful, to those ending in bloodshed or death.
Unique documents and rare books focusing on the interaction of Māori and Pakeha in the 1840s.
Treasures from our heritage collections, such as the first book printed in New Zealand and Māori language manuscripts
Practice Academic IELTS test modules on reading, listening, speaking and writing.
Practice General IELTS test modules on reading, listening, speaking and writing.
A selection of cards with beautiful floral illustrations from our ephemera collection.
Books, letters, maps and documents that explore aspects of Sir George Grey’s life.
A collection of treasures highlighting some of the rare books and material by, or relating to, William Shakespeare.
Browse issues of SpineOut, an interactive magazine for teens.
Check industry standards for health, business management, environment and building. Can only be accessed in a library.
Experience the independence movements of southern African nations through this collection of documents and primary sources.
Souvenirs from New Zealanders’ overseas experience - from letters, diaries and scrapbooks to maps and photos
Access UK birth, death and marriage records, census and electoral rolls. Can only be accessed in a library.
Search the archives of The Guardian and The Observer for historical local, regional and national news and first-hand accounts from 1791 to 2003.
Browse through articles from this major British daily national newspaper from 1986 to 2012.
Access The Irish from as far back as its first issue in 1859 to search for articles, advertisements and announcements.
Search through full pages and articles of The New York Times from 1851-2013 in easily downloadable PDF format.
Illustrations and manuscripts from the Romantic movement, including pieces related to Jane Austen and Mary Shelley.
Search through 180 years of this British newspaper famous for its investigative journalism.
Archive of issues from 1855 to 2000 of what was once the world’s largest selling newspaper.
Academic content on the treaty including previously out-of-print works from wider New Zealand publishing.
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Search full text and articles from The Times London newspaper for coverage of local and global events from 1785 to 2014.
Search for literary reviews and opinion pieces with the TLS Historical Archive, now covering 1902 - 2019.
Follow our step by step whakapapa research guide for help with finding your links to tūpuna, waka, whānau, hapū and iwi.
Search for suggestions and instructions for easy to follow projects, crafts and activities for children of all ages and teachers.
Easy-to-read encyclopedia for secondary school and university students featuring articles, definitions, images and primary source documents.
Easy-to-read encyclopedia featuring articles and life skills guides on a broad range of topics. Developed especially for students with language or learning difficulties.
A collection of videos, interactive games, stories and downloadable activities for preschoolers and primary school children.
Easy-to-read encyclopedia for kids featuring fun interactive educational articles, images, video, activities and games.
Easy-to-read encyclopedia for secondary school students featuring articles, images, videos and information on popular topics.
Create your own historical timelines and view pre-made timelines on history, science, arts, sport and other topics.
Explore the archaeology, history and culture of Africa through its heritage sites and landscapes.
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