Kura Heritage Collections Online: A birthday gift to Auckland
Unwrap our heritage with the click of a mouse or swipe of a phone to discover more than 600,000 historic documents and records.
|Auckland Centennial Regatta. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections T2344|
Councillor Penny Hulse, Chairperson of the Environment and Community Committee, is excited about the launch and passionate about what Kura will offer to Aucklanders.
“It’s about giving the city the ability to access their heritage as easily and conveniently as possible,” she says.
“We want today’s Aucklanders and future generations to explore the stories of the past.”
“What’s particularly incredible is the range of content – you can peruse plans of Albert Park, photos of the Waitākere Ranges and then click through to see manuscripts from the other side of the world.”
Addresses to Sir George Grey. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections GNZMS 275.
Not to be missed is the J.T Diamond Collection, with 70 years of diaries, maps and photographs from west Auckland spanning early Māori settlements to the city of the 1990s. Meanwhile, from beyond New Zealand’s borders comes items such as the Kulliyāt of Saʿdī Shīrazī manuscript, a rare book of Persian poetry, estimated to have been written in 1326 AD.
Kura will ultimately house more than two million items. With such broad coverage, Auckland Libraries believes there will be something of interest to everyone, and it will be particularly useful for family history enthusiasts, local historians, students and researchers.
Head to Kura Heritage Collections Online for your research needs or to make some unexpected but delightful discoveries.
Also, check out NZ Herald's article about Kura and some of its precious taonga.