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Tuesday, 31st August 2010

TWO New Online Databases (Free) from New Zealand: The Illustrated London News (New Zealand) & New Zealand Short Story Index

Both Databases are from the The University of Waikato Library.

Database Number One

New Zealand Content from the The Illustrated London News (Digitized Material from 1842-1902)

From the Announcement:

The Illustrated London News was a picture newspaper that ran for over 150 years. It was founded by Herbert Ingram and its first issue appeared on 14 May 1842. The paper was then published weekly until 1971 when it became a monthly. It provided a general source of news but its main appeal lay in its use of woodcuts and engravings to enhance the text. Later, photographs were introduced to provide the illustrations. The newspaper was a major source of news and information throughout the English speaking world from its inception.

The first issue was 16 pages and carried 32 woodcuts. It sold 26,000 copies. The paper was an immediate success and by the end of the year circulation was 60,000. By the mid-1850s some issues ran to 150,000 copies.

The emphasis was always on Britain but world events were presented, especially where Britain was involved or affected. To this end, the emerging colony of New Zealand received regular coverage so that during the nineteenth century news of settlements, missionary work, the life and customs of the M?ori people, and the conflicts and battles between M?ori and settlers was brought to the outside world.

All the text and illustrations that refer to events in New Zealand that were included in the first sixty years from volume 1 in 1842 to volume 121 in 1902 have now been scanned and made available through a searchable database produced by the University of Waikato Library. The entries can be searched by keyword or can be browsed in chronological order.

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Database Number Two

New Zealand Short Story Index

From the Announcement:

This is an index of New Zealand short stories written and published before 1991. Several thousand short stories have been written by New Zealanders, which have appeared in journals, newspapers and books published in New Zealand and overseas. This index aims to help people find what stories authors have written and to provide information which identifies the magazines, journals, books and anthologies that have carried the stories. Short stories from the middle of the nineteenth century through to the late twentieth century with a final cut-off date of 1991 are covered.

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Source: The University of Waikato Library

Hat Tip: Kevin Adams


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