Newspapers provide much more than the usual births, deaths and marriage notices, and the occasional obituary. They provide an insight into people's lives. Social history, local, national and political history - all of which add shape to the lives of your ancestors.
National Library is in the process of digitising New Zealand's heritage newspapers and has so far digitised more than two million pages, 70 publications across New Zealand, and covers the years between 1839 and 1945.
These digitised newspapers are being added to PapersPast.
People were pretty quick off the mark to discover in May, that the next batch of Auckland Star pages had been added to PapersPast. From 1870 to 1926 of the Auckland Star is now available online - more than 75 years worth, keyword searchable.
The Auckland Star is a joint project with Auckland Libraries and the National Library.
National Libraries say that PapersPast only covers a very small amount of New Zealand newspapers as yet, and that if you cannot find what you need online, you may find what you need in paper or microfilm formats at your library.
Access to heritage newspapers from round the world can be obtained by our Digital Library:-
- British Newspapers 1600-1900;
- Illustrated London News
- Picture Post Historical Archive
- The Guardian and The Observer (1791-2003)
- The Irish Times (1859-2008)
- The New York Times (1851-2007)
- The Scotsman (1817-1950)
- Times Digital Archive
And you can read more about our newspapers, both heritage and more recent.