Research / History

Ancestry final2     Papers past 3   Index NZ articles3

Access to Library edition is available on dedicated computers in Gore Library.

Our library subscription gives you free access to the world's largest online family history resource. Search billions of records to discover your family's story.


Papers Past is a goldmine of historical information, with millions of pages of digitised historical content from all over New Zealand.

NZ and Pacific newspapers from 19th and 20th centuries, magazines and journals from 1861-2017, selected letters and diaries, reports and publications from New Zealand's House of Representatives.

  Index New Zealand is a searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day. The periodicals range from academic research journals to magazines.


FIND NZ Articles3   NZ Research final copy3     Mataura Museum2

Find material by or about New Zealanders from a range of New Zealand newspapers and journals.

findNZarticles began as a collaboration between:

  • Christchurch City Libraries
  • Dunedin Public Libraries
  • Landcare Research NZ Ltd, and
  • the National Library of New Zealand.

Participation is open to any interested institutions. Contact us for more information.


The goal of is to connect research users from around the world to research documents produced in New Zealand institutions.

Discover and access New Zealand’s most comprehensive selection of research papers and related resources. This site include peer-reviewed and other research from universities, polytechnics, and research organisations throughout New Zealand.

  A collection that reflects Mataura's rich social and industrial heritage. An 1880s Cottage has been restored as the town's Museum. Interactive technology helps bring the Town's stories to life and the Cottage gardens add a sense of colour and fun to your visit.

There is a strong set of local photographs dating back to the 1870s and a comprehensive local history archive. Visit the collection online, they welcome enquiries and your information about Mataura's history.


Project Turangawaewae2        
This is an online and in-class resource designed to bring the 'local' to learning in your classroom.  There is an added page for Teachers Notes to grow the resource with your ideas and class activities. This resource is to encourage students to become more connected to their community, by empowering them with knowledge that will strengthen their local ties and develop pride in their surroundings - to create junior ambassadors for the district.        

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