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Oct 192022

Tour of National Library

At last, after many bookings and subsequent cancellations, we have finally been able to secure a tour of the National Library.

We are booked for Wednesday November 2nd at 10.30am.

Please register by email at kathycallaghan”at”gmail.com or ph 021 045 2925 or 04 297 0733 by Monday 31 October.

In relation to mask wearing the National Library state:
Masks are not compulsory, we leave it up to the individual, thus we have a mix of both mask-wearing and non-wearing researchers in the two Reading Rooms.
On the whole most front-facing Research Access team have chosen to continue wearing masks, and we are provided with Rapid Antigen Tests; our team has had a low rate of COVID infection, which we have put down to up to date vaccinations, regular mask wearing, and the testing regime.

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May 162017

We are delighted to let you know that the He Tohu exhibition is officially opening this week, and on Saturday 20 May there will be a Whanau Day to which you are all invited. The National Library and Archives NZ will run a programme of family-friendly events from 10am to 4pm. Included will be exhibition tours, presentations, craft activities, roaming performers, cultural performances, and the Amazing Travelling Photo Booth. Special guests include Julian and Christian Dennison. For programme details see the National Library website https://natlib.govt.nz/events/2017/5/20


Please note that the National Library building will be closed all day on May 19, as we prepare to open He Tohu. This includes the Turnbull reading rooms, the galleries, and HOME café. Our online services will be available.

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Feb 092017

A belated “Welcome to 2017” from the Outreach Services team.


The first family history monthly event for the year is coming up.  We are starting the year with one of our popular introductory tours of the family history collection. Whether you are new to family history research, or just need a refresher, join this tour that will introduce you to the many family history resources held in the Family History Collection and Alexander Turnbull Library. Fiona Gray, Research Librarian Family History, and Librarian Audrey Waugh, will be your guides.


Friday 24 February 2017

10:30 to 11:30am

Meet in the level 1 foyer

National Library building, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Please register as numbers are limited. Bookings to ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz


You might also be interested in two curatorial lectures being presented by Turnbull staff.

On Wednesday 15 February 2017 Curator of Drawings Paintings and Prints, Dr Oliver Stead, talks about Gideon Mantell and the evolution of dinosaur imagery in Mantell: a monstrous vision, and the following week (22 February) Barbara Lyon, Curator Ephemera, will be discussing Social media promotion of the Ephemera Collection.


Both talks will be held in Te Ahumairangi ground floor of the National Library, corner of Aitken and Molesworth Streets, Thorndon, Wellington, and start at 5:30pm. These are public event but please RSVP to events.natlib@dia.govt.nz with Mantell or Ephemera in the subject line.


For further information about events at the National Library of New Zealand please see the website www.natlib.govt.nz

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Aug 032016

Wednesday 24 August

“She signed the suffrage petition”

In 1893 nearly 32,000 signatures were obtained on a petition calling for New Zealand woman to have the vote. The women’s suffrage petition is one of the iconic documents in the guardianship of Archives NZ that will make up a new permanent exhibition at the National Library of NZ alongside the 1835 Declaration of Independence / He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga and the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

To give context and interpretation to the documents there will be an accompanying exhibition. This will include information about the suffrage petition and the women who signed it.  The objective is to have a biography of at least one woman from each of the 567 pages of the petition.

If you would like to contribute to the project to write short biographies (100 to 200 words) of these women, join

Stef Lash, Archives NZ, and some of those who have already written biographies, to find out what is involved and learn about the resources that have proved most useful.


Venue: Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor (Aitken Street entrance)

Time: 12:15 to 1:00pm. 
Numbers limited. Bookings required. Contact ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

FHM 2016 ATL Suffrage

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Tuesday 23 August

Introductory tour of family history resources

Come to the National Library for a tour to introduce you to the many family history resources held in the collections. Margaret Hurst, Research Librarian Family History, and Librarian Fiona Gray, will be your guides.

Venue: Meet on Level 1, National Library of NZ

Time: 10:00 to 11:00am.
Numbers limited. Bookings required. Contact ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz

No charge.

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Tuesday 16 August

Worth sharing; telling inspirational family stories

For our Family History Monthly Talk journalist and writer

Gerard Hindmarsh will explain how he has gone about researching and sharing his own family stories. Gerard has spent many years as both a print and radio journalist/story teller for such diverse media as Radio New Zealand, Radio Live, Fairfax Media and the New Zealand Listener, as well as being the author of five books published by Potton and Burton. His book Angelina: From Stromboli to D’Urville Island, is a fictionalised account of his grandparents’ lives.

Gerard’s talk has been arranged with the kind support of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.


Venue: Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor (Aitken Street entrance)

Time: 12:10 to 1:00pm.  
Entry: No charge.

FHM 2016 ATL Angelina


Followed by:

Tuesday 16 August

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Get preservation advice on the care, handling and storage of your treasured family items from Field Conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell. Please note that conservators are not able to provide valuations.

Venue: Tiakiwai, Lower Ground Floor (Aitken Street entrance)

Time: 1:00pm to 1:30pm. Bookings essential. Contact preservation@dia.govt.nz

Entry: No charge.

Jun 182016

The next of the monthly talks at the National Library, held third Tuesday of every month, details available on their Events calendar near the time

  • Date: Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
  • Time: 12:10 – 1:10pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Tiakiwai Conference Centre, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington
  • Contact Details: Phone Joan McCracken on 04 474 3056 or email ATLOutreach “at” dia.govt.nz

A family history monthly talk

From recording place names to their aesthetic appeal, maps are a powerful record of our history and our encounters within Aotearoa New Zealand. However we can also glean mountains of family history from maps. Where did your ancestor live? What was the size and scope of their section? What was the town or landscape like at the time? And how do you find that treasured map in our collections?

Jared Davidson is a Research Archivist at Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga.

Mark Bagnall is the Cartographic Curator at the Alexander Turnbull Library.

No booking necessary.


Plan of subdivision of part of Gracefield estate, surveyed by Thomas Ward. 1917. Ref: MapColl 832.4794gbbd 1917 9261

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