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Danish Collection

The Danish Collection is made up of about 230 items written in Danish and Norwegian. The collection has been donated by the Wellington Danish Society, the Dannevirke Library and as well as private collectors. The collection is chiefly Danish and Norwegian literature and drama. It is part of the Turnbull Named Collections.

Danish and Norwegian were widely spoken in Dannevirke and Norsewood up until the early twentieth century. Today vestiges of the language spoken by the early Scandinavian settlers can still be seen in the surnames of local families and in the names of streets. The Danish collection is another reminder of the Scandinavian languages that were once spoken in Aotearoa.

Learn more about Scandinavians in New Zealand from Te Ara

Cover of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler with detailed gilded inlays.
Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler: skuespil I fire akter, 1890. Record page

Works by Katherine Mansfield

The collection includes a number of translated works by Katherine Mansfield:

Access items in this collection

Original items in this collection can be requested through the Library’s catalogue and consulted in the Katherine Mansfield Reading Room.

This collection is catalogued online and may be called up as a list on the National Library catalogue by searching ‘Danish’ using the ‘in call number’ search option in the NLNZ catalogue advanced search.