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“Applause and tin came tumbling in” The songsters of Charles Thatcher.
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National Library Catalogue
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Index New Zealand
Find abstracts of articles from a huge range of New Zealand periodicals, and how to get them.
Search dozens of national and international databases for reference material, heritage items, up to date research, and student resources.
Papers Past: full text search
Search across millions of pages of historic newspapers from 1839 to 1948, covering New Zealand, Pacific, and international news.
Magazines and journals
Explore Pākehā and Māori magazines, including Fair Play, Maori Record, Te Ao Hou, and the Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Letters and diaries
Discover the McLean papers, a rich and unique record of mid-19th century interactions between Māori and Government.
Search through the record of government-related reports published by Parliament from 1858 to 1950.
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Turnbull Rare Books
Special selections from the Turnbull's exquisite Rare Books and Fine Printing collection, from medieval manuscripts to illustrated Victorian bindings.
A tour through visual design history, with posters, flyers, postcards, and more.