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Bridget Williams Books - The New Zealand History Collection

The Treaty of Waitangi, by Claudia Orange

Provides complete online access to a major, authoritative resource - over thirty years of award-winning history and biography publishing from Bridget Williams Books. Includes recent additions such as the widely acclaimed Great War for New Zealand by Vincent O'Malley, multiple works by late historian Judith Binney and A History of New Zealand Women by Barbara Brookes.

BWB - The New Zealand History Collection

Times Digital Archive

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This database allows you to search and view more than 200 years of The Times (London), from 1785-2012. Content includes news articles, obituaries, advertising, book reviews and even the crossword puzzles. You can also browse by issue date, story headline, subject etc. Results are displayed at the article level and you may view the article - or the full page upon which it appeared. This is a valuable primary resource for students, genealogists, researchers and anyone interested in history.

Times Digital Archive

Gale Primary Sources

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Discover documents from over 500 years of world history, including the Times Digital Archive (as above). Use the search agregator to select your search sources from the 10 historical newspaper databases available. Separate search portals are available for selected databases, including:

Other primary sources available, ranging from the 21st and 20th centuries, back to the 17th century, include:

  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
  • British Library Newspapers
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004
  • The Independent Digital Archive
  • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
  • The Telegraph Historical Archive

Gale Primary Sources

Gale Archives of Sexuality & Gender

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Gale's Archives of Sexuality & Gender spans the sixteenth to the twentieth century and is the largest digital collection of primary source materials relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality and gender. Documentation covering social, political, health and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world is included, as well as rare and unique books on sex and sexuality from the sciences to the humanities. Resources include New Zealand periodicals Pink Triangle and Out! New Zealand's Alternative Lifestyle Magazine.

Archives of Sexuality & Gender

New York Times

Offers our members the opportunity to login each day with your library card details and claim a "group pass" which gives 24 hours' access to their websites & smartphone app.

Included in the pass is access to the searchable archive from 1851-1922 and 1981-present.

New York Times

Gale World History In Context

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This database draws on themes and trends from the US history curriculum for the 20th Century, and integrates reference sources from the Gale Group, Macmillan Reference USA and Charles Scribner's Sons, along with full-text articles from more than 100 academic journals, and maps and images. Full-text and facsimile images for over 1,400 primary source documents from microfilm collections are also included in the collection.

Gale World History in Context

Gale Student Resources In Context

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This database provides researchers with an expansive collection specifically designed to meet the needs of university undergraduates. Topics covered in depth include History, Geography & Cultures, Literature, and Science & Health. Content comes from reference books and encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines and a variety of multimedia sources. Text and criticism of Shakespeare's plays and poems is a feature.

Gale Student Resources In Context

Ancestry Library

A research database for genealogists and family history enthusiasts. Contains millions of records accessible in one powerful search. Includes various England & Wales BDMs 1530-2005, Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007, UK Census records 1841-1901, European lists and records, and is particularly strong in US and Canadian sources.

Access is via the public internet computers in our libraries, remote access is not available

Ancestry Library

Find My Past

At findmypast.com.au, search over 50 million records for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands - millions of records that you won't find available elsewhere online. Sister site findmypast.co.uk works in partnership with the National Archives of the United Kingdom on pioneering projects such as the 1911 census for England & Wales, outbound UK passenger lists and British Army pension records; the Federation of Family History Societies on parish records dating back to 1538; and the Society of Genealogists on special collections.

Access is via the public internet computers in our libraries, remote access is not available

Gale Genealogy Connect

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Genealogy Connect features a wide range of genealogy eBook resources grouped together in a fully cross-searchable platform to assist genealogists and family history enthusiasts in their in their research. The collection includes eBooks on getting started with and methods of researching your family history.

Gale Genealogy Connect

ProQuest Research Library

Search for coverage from 1971 onwards on a broad range of subjects including arts, business, children, education, general interest, health, humanities, international, law, military, multicultural, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's interests. Features a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. Nearly 4,000 titles, over 2,800 in full text.

ProQuest Research Library

Other useful sites

These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:

New Zealand History

Information and resources from within the Research and Publishing Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington, New Zealand. Three broad categories showcase themes in New Zealand history: Culture and society, Politics and government and New Zealand at war

New Zealand History

Papers Past

Provided by the National Library, Papers Past showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over one million pages from more than 40 publications, including searchable full text of the 'Evening Post' from 1865-1915.

Papers Past

Niupepa: Māori Newspapers Digital Collection

The Niupepa: Māori Newspapers Digital Collection is an electronic collection of over 17,000 pages taken from 34 separate periodicals. It is based on 'Niupepa 1842-1933', a microfiche collection produced by the Alexander Turnbull Library. 70% of the collection is written solely in Māori, 27% is bilingual and about 3% is written in English. There were three main types of niupepa published; government sponsored, Māori initiated, and religious.

The link below is to the original Niupepa collection on the University of Waikato's New Zealand Digital Library project, but most of the titles originally available through this project are now available through Papers Past - for links to all titles available on Papers Past from Niupepa, scroll down to the 'Māori Newspapers' section of About Papers Past

Niupepa - Māori Newspapers

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (on Te Ara)

This website contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country. It does not include people who are alive, so you will not find people like Helen Clark or Sean Fitzpatrick, but you will find people like George Nepia or Michael Joseph Savage. The site includes the collected biographies originally published in the printed Dictionary of New Zealand Biography series between 1990 and 2000, and in the parallel Māori-language series, Nga Tangata Taumata Rau. The 'Our Land, Our People' section includes material from the New Zealand Historical Atlas. It presents snapshots of places, times, events and trends in New Zealand history, linked to the biographical content.

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Kauri forest, gay men's lives, marae protocol, kiwi, the women's movement, farm fencing, gold mining, the Treaty of Waitangi, the electoral system, picnics and barbecues, and much more - Te Ara the Encyclopedia of New Zealand covers all aspects of New Zealand life. Developed over 12 years by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Ara is a window on New Zealand history, peoples and culture.

Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of NZ

The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War

Published by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs in the decades after the end of the war, this fifty volume series covers all areas of New Zealand's involvement, from detailed accounts of particular battalions, to the political and economic background and consequences, to full accounts of particular episodes and campaigns. A search facility and separate maps and diagrams are available.

Official History of NZ in WW2


Search and discover millions of NZ images, text, video and audio from the digital stores of libraries, museums, archives, communities, and government.

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