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What's New June 2016

Digitised Samoan village files available online

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 3:00pm

Samoan village files from our British Military Occupation holdings have been digitised and are now available online via our finding aid Archway. This series is comprised of local official's inwards correspondence under the British Military Occupation of Samoa.

From 1914 to 1920 Samoa was under British military occupation. This agency was created by Archives New Zealand to describe the various records it holds that relate to this period in Samoa's history. In 1914 New Zealand troops occupied German Samoa in the name of Britain. After World War I the League of Nations made New Zealand responsible for its administration, a situation which continued until Western Samoa's national independence in 1962.

In order to access the records, you’ll need to do the following using our finding aid Archway.

  1. Go to the Advanced Search - Records page. Type in Samoa-BMO1 in the former Arch Ref Box and click search
  2. When the results appear, click on ‘record online available’ for the file that is of interest – a new page will appear under the tab ‘record online’
  3. Click on the coloured link which will have the name of the particular village
  4. Start viewing the file!

For further queries please email

Reading the Maps

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 11:13am

Gracefield Estate

From recording place names to their aesthetic appeal, maps are a powerful record of our history and our encounters within Aotearoa New Zealand. However we can also glean mountains of family history from maps. Where did your ancestor live? What was the size and scope of their section? What was the town or landscape like at the time? And how do you find that treasured map in our collections?

In this talk Jared Davidson, Archives New Zealand, and Mark Bagnall, Alexander Turnbull Library, will highlight some of the best maps for family history held in the two institutions, and demonstrates practical search techniques to find them.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
Time: 12:10 – 1:10pm
Cost: Free
Location: Tiakiwai Conference Centre, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington
Contact Details: Phone Joan McCracken on 04 474 3056 or email

No booking necessary.

Watch the National Library website for information about future talks and events