Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cyclopedia of New Zealand online

I've posted photos from out of Volume 2 of the set before -- now, I've just found out today that the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre have digitised volumes 1 (Wellington) and 6 (Taranaki, Hawkes Bay and Wellington Provincial Districts), with more to follow as time goes on.

This is great news for those who want to access a snapshot record of New Zealand, its organisations, government, industries and general history at the close of the Victorian era. Granted, it is a rose-tinted spectacles view, and not exactly hard-edged journalism, but treated as a guide to further research, it is a treasure.

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