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Archway – Archives New Zealand

Archway is Archives New Zealand’s system for documenting government records. New Zealand Government records which can be useful in family history research include: Military Personnel Files, Women's Suffrage Petition, The New Zealand Police Gazette, Crown Purchase Deeds, Coroner's Inquests, Naturalisation and Alien Registers and migration records. Some of these records are available on the Archway site itself, others at Family Searchopens a new window and Papers Pastopens a new window etc. View a list of what has been digitised.

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Beamafilm New! Library Card Required.

Beamafilm is a streaming platform that has a curated collection of international movies and documentaries, with a strong Australasian focus. They have over 800 movies to choose from and new titles are added regularly.

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Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records

You can search and order New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages (BDM) on the Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records website.

The historic data available for you to search is limited so that information relating to people who might still be alive, can be protected. Information available includes:

  • Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
  • Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • Marriages that occurred 80 years ago
  • Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.
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Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database

This database covers interments in Christchurch City Council managed cemeteries. Apart from some on Banks Peninsula, church cemeteries are not included. There are very few records for the Barbadoes Street cemetery listed. Cremation details are not included in this database unless there was an ashes burial.

Details of interments from Christchurch City Council cemeteries compiled by the Greenspace Unit of the Christchurch City Council.

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Gale Primary Sources Magazines & journals Newspapers Primary resources Library Card Required.

Search a selection of newspaper and magazine archives, monographs all cross-searchable.  Archives include 17th & 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, 17th & 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection, British Library Newspapers, Daily Mail, The Economist, Financial Times, The Illustrated London News, The Independent, International Herald Tribune, The Listener, Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers, Picture Post, Punch, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Times, The Time Literary Supplement and Women's Studies Archive.

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Māori Land Court Minute Books Index (MLCMBI) Reference: dictionaries, encyclopedias etc

We no longer subscribe to the Knowledge Basket version, you can now access this via the University of Auckland website.

The MLCMBI is an index to the volumes of Māori Land Court Minute Books produced by The Māori Land Court — Te Kooti Whenua Māori. The Māori Land Court Minute Books contain judges' notes on court sittings from 1865 to 1910 from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Māori Land Court Districts.

Physical copies of the South Island and Chatham Island minutes are held in the Ngā Pounamu Māori Centre. The entire collection is available at the Macmillan Brown Library.

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Parliamentary Papers – Papers Past

The Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), sometimes known as "the A to Js", is a collection of government-related reports published every year from 1858. 

The three volumes of the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives (1854-1856) preceded the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHRs).

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RomanceBookCloud eBooks Library Card Required.

Read to your heart's content. A curated collection of romance ebooks including contemporary, historical, time travel, paranormal or inspirational, you will love to read about love at RomanceBookCloud. With a core collection of 1800 titles, including award winners and best sellers. Available until 31 August 2020.

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Story Box Library Music, audio & video New! Library Card Required.

The best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by our favourite storytellers. A fantastic literary resource for pre-school through to upper primary-aged children, a range of actors, sportspeople, authors, illustrators and more share their unique voices in an ever-growing library. It's Storytime, anytime!

This is a collection of online videos of great stories read by great storytellers and also short movies about authors and illustrators also lots of activities to do at home.

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TeenBookCloud eBooks Library Card Required.

An online database of eBooks for teens that includes a selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, and audiobooks. No downloads, no waiting, this online streaming collection has instant access. Available until 31 August 2020.

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TumbleMath eBooks Library Card Required.

A collection of interactive math picture ebooks. The collections covers a range of subjects include counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, geometry, fractions, measurement, probability, division and more. Available until 31 August 2020

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