Links - documents and photographs

Documents

  • Declaration of Independence 1835 - Maori and English text. Also see the Waitangi Estate's site's page on the Declaration, and the Treaty of Watangi site, both of which also offer historical context and Busby's and Lord Glenelg's communications.
  • Partial transcript of the instructions to Hobson concerning his duties as Lieutenant Governor of New Zealand in 1839.
  • Early New Zealand Books online - Full text early works on New Zealand. Covers 1807-1890.
  • Electronic Text Centre - Full text New Zealand history works online.
  • James Burney: The Maoris, 1777-73 - Maori were first encountered by Europeans during Captain Cook's 1772-73 voyage. James Burney (1750-1821),wrote an account of the journey.
  • South Seas: Voyaging and cross-cultural encounters in the Pacific. Includes James Cook's, Joseph Bank's and Sydney Parkinson's accounts in full text.
  • Women's Suffrage Petition - Archives New Zealand page on the 1893 women's suffrage petition - includes image of petition.
  • Te Ao Hou - Full text of the magazine published by the Department of Maori Affairs between 1952 and 1976.
  • NZ national anthem - sheet music, sound files, Maori translation and history of  'God Defend New Zealand',  linked from the nz.com site. See also the official New Zealand National Anthems part of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage site.
  • Niupepa: Maori newspapers 1842-1933. Includes a searchable database. Produced by NZ Digital Library in conjunction with the Alexander Turnbull Library.
  • The trail of Waitangi:   Short eye witness accounts of  people and circumstances prior to the Treaty being signed, including Henry Williams's personal view of the Treaty. Site developed by Gary Williams.
  • Ranfurly and Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay Oral History Collections - two online digital collections from the Alexander Turnbull Library. The Ranfurly Collection is a digital database of the drawings, photographs, diaries, and illustrated reports created by Lord Ranfurly, Governor of New Zealand between 1897 and 1904, and his entourage. The Kilbirnie-Lyall Bay Community Centre Oral History Project is a digital database of life history interviews with seven long-term residents of Kilbirnie and Lyall Bay in Wellington. Participants discuss an area of Wellington that had undergone dramatic physical and social changes since the 1920s. The collection includes photographs and audio and video excerpts.
  • Papers Past - The National Library has launched Papers Past - a web site of New Zealand papers that provide a record of the country's daily life in the 19th century. The papers have been digitised so that the pages of each edition can be browsed individually on the web, without the need to visit the Library and search microfilm or original papers. The site contains more than 300,000 pages from 20 newspapers and periodicals and all of them are free of copyright. Users can navigate the site in English and Maori. The range of titles and number of pages will be added to over time. For those wanting a place to start, an interesting exercise is to look up how the Tarawera eruption of 10 June 1886 was reported in various newspapers - particularly the Bay of Plenty Times. Please note that those relying on dial-up connections will have to be patient while the viewing software and pages download - it is well worth the wait though!
  • The Community Archive - New Zealand's hub for archival collections
  • New Zealand legislation - statutes / statutory regulations / local & private acts / bills .
  • Taonga collection - digitized works on Maori history and culture, including publications from the early Dominion Museum Monograph and Dominion Museum Bulletin series
  • NZ Historical Data - a site created for providing information about lesser known archives and unusual sources. So far it contains annotated chronologies on 19th and 20th century Earthquakes and on the Vaccination for Smallpox (1848-1913). Recent updates include lists and information about troops serving in the 29th Reinforcements, Wellington Infantry Regiment, Otago Infantry Regiment, Canterbury Infantry Regiment and NZ Pioneer (Maori) Battalion during the First World War. Site created by Dawn Chambers.
  • New Zealand Official Yearbook - 1999 edition on line. Provided by the Statistics New Zealand.
  • New Zealand historical data / created and compiled by Dawn Chambers - A personal web site offering a range of historical data - lists of earthquakes and other natural phenomena, fires, weather summaries, missing persons, coastal ship wrecks, and a page is designed to assist researchers who are using the NZ Society of Genealogists CD-ROM.
  • Living Heritage - Tikanga Tuku Iho - Online bilingual initiative enabling New Zealand schools to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community.
  • Pioneers in New Zealand and the South Pacific
    A collection of illustrated historical articles and stories by Anthony G. Flude about the early times in New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands with an emphasis on New Zealand shipping / A short history of New Zealand shipping.
  • Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War
    Online version of 'Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945', prepared under the supervision of the War History Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs. Includes accounts of battalions, campaigns, prisoners of war and field medicine. Includes photographs and maps. Full tex in HTML and LIT formats. Project managed by Victoria University of Wellington's New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC).

Maps

  • Historic maps - A selection of heritage maps from the Auckland City Library collection which have been Church Collections as well as significant maps from throughout New Zealand, from the 1830s to the 1950s.

Artefacts

Sound and Video

Photographs and art

  • Digital New Zealand - an online New Zealand image search portal which combines the digital collections of a number of major institutions.
  • National Library's website
  • Heritage Images Online - provided by Auckland City Libraries. Contains an online collection of heritage photographs by Henry Winkelmann (Auckland City photographs of the early part of the twentieth century), Clifton Firth (a selection of portraits from 1940's-1970's) and Hermann Schmidt (First World War soldier portraits).
  • Auckland Art Gallery - includes a database containing images and information on about 99% of the 12,500 paintings in their collection.
  • Christchurch City Libraries' Photograph collection.
  • The Colonial View - Overview essay on New Zealand colonial painting and painters.
  • Ranfurly Collection - The Ranfurly Collection is an online collection of paintings and drawings, papers and photographs created by Lord Ranfurly, Governor of New Zealand from 1897 to 1904, and his entourage.
  • New Zealand Cartoon Archive

 

How to cite this page

'Historical documents and photographs links', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/handonhistory/hands-on-history/discuss-nz-history/historical-documents-and-photographs-links, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 9-Jan-2015