The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, redux
The Public History Talks are hosted by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage History Group at the National Library of New Zealand. They are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month from March to November.
- Date: Wednesday, 6 June, 2018
12:10 to 1:00pm
Free. Booking is not required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography started in 1983 as 5 printed volumes and has had an interesting life since them. Come and hear Tim Shoebridge from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage talk about the challenges posed and opportunities offered by a new chapter in the Dictionary’s life.
Beginning in 1983 The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography project comprised 3000 biographical essays about a wide range of deceased New Zealanders who had come to prominence by 1960.
Dictionary online 2001, merged with Te Ara 2010
The Dictionary went online in 2001. In 2010 it was merged with Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand to form the single largest reference work on New Zealand’s history and society.
Large and unique scholarship
The combined Dictionary and Te Ara website is one of the largest works of scholarship ever undertaken in this country, and is unique in the world.
Dictionary in hiatus
The Dictionary has been in hiatus since the completion of the print programme in 2000, with the exception of a batch of 15 biographies that were published online in 2010-11.
Work resumed on Dictionary 2017
In 2017 the Ministry for Culture and Heritage decided to resume work on the Dictionary, and to publish a new batch of biographies online every year. The new programme commences with 20 new biographies of women which will be published in September this year to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
About the speaker
Tim Shoebridge, Senior Historian at Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage’, has researched and written on aspects of New Zealand's biosecurity, First World War, and motoring history, including New Zealand’s First World War Heritage with Imelda Bargas published in 2015.