Digital Content

Archives New Zealand has a selection of records available in a digital format. Most can be accessed by using the keyword ‘digitised’ in a simple search in Archway.

New Zealand Defence Force Personnel Files

Archives New Zealand holds individual personnel files from the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 [AABK 18805 W5515]. Unfortunately individual records include very little about actual service, but references to records may be found by name in Archway.

Archives New Zealand also holds individual personnel files from the period 1914-1920, including the First World War. All files are searchable by name on Archway, which gives individual file references.

These records are some of our most frequently consulted records but unfortunately because of their format we are not able to provide access to the originals. Copies are therefore produced for researchers. The nature of the original records, the large number of orders and the relatively poor quality of the copies has prompted us to look at alternative copying methods.

Digital copies of these files are now available on Archway.

National Publicity Studio Photographs

Archives New Zealand holds the photographic collection of the National Publicity Studios.

The purpose of the National Publicity Studios was to provide advice to government departments and state agencies on the provision of photographic, art, and display services and in particular to assist in the production of publicity material aimed at conveying a favourable image of New Zealand.

A selection of these records have been digitised and are currently available on Archway.

Blue Books

The ‘Blue Books’ detailed statistical information from New Zealand’s early Colonial Period (1840-1855). ‘Blue Books’ were produced in all colonies of the British Empire in order to provide Imperial Officials with the necessary knowledge for good government. They contain information about population, revenue, military, trade, shipping, public works, legislation, civil servants, foreign consuls, land transactions, churches, schools, and prisons.

The 'Blue Books' have been digitised and are now available to be viewed online.