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The Sir George Grey Special Collections are named after the 19th century Governor of New Zealand whose significant gift forms the basis of the collection.
Visitors will find maps, manuscripts, music, photographs, ephemera and valuable rare books. It is a valuable resource for academics, students and researchers of New Zealand history and biography. Much of the collection can be viewed online.
Lithograph of Auckland presented to George Grey in 1863 by the artist, British soldier Frederick Stack.
Mansion House, the Grey family's residence on Kawau Island.
A rare copy of William Blake's self-printed poem Europe.
The centre curates four exhibitions each year. The current exhibition, 'Don't leave town until you've seen the country', opened in the second floor exhibition room on 21 February 2018 and runs until 27 May 2018.
This exhibition recalls the slogan of a Tourism department advertisement from the 1980s which encouraged New Zealanders to explore their own backyard before heading off overseas on their O.E.
In photograph albums, diaries, maps and posters, we travel round New Zealand looking at spas, national parks, beaches, campgrounds, mountains, rivers and cities from the 19th century to the 1980s.
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