It’s been a busy few months for online collection projects based on Vernon Browser. It’s exciting to have many of our clients sharing their collections. These three websites have launched in June 2019.
Museum of Transport and Technology
Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) has a collection of more than 300,000 items, all of which tell stories of technology, innovation, transport and social history in New Zealand.
Over 80,000 items from the collection are now available online through Vernon Browser and MOTAT will be adding more items as they continue with their cataloguing project. You can explore the collection by colour, including MOTAT’s fabulous array of vehicles, and you can discover hidden gems like their textiles collection. Who knew that MOTAT had so many amazing dresses?
Other significant collection items include the Whites Aviation photography archive and early photographs and books on the Walsh Brothers, pioneers in New Zealand aviation. The Walsh Brothers’ flying school trained over 100 of New Zealand’s first pilots.
Frances Hodgkins catalogue raisonné
New Zealand’s leading expatriate artist, Frances Hodgkins (1869–1947) has a reputation forged through her practice in Britain and Western Europe. The Complete Frances Hodgkins is an online catalogue of the artist’s known paintings, watercolours and drawings ranging from 1886 to 1946.
You can search across artworks, and related exhibitions, people and locations. The site also includes digitised and transcribed letters written by Hodgkins, her family and friends, as well as a wide range of related photographs and documents.
Hamilton City Libraries – Heritage Collections
Hamilton City Libraries in New Zealand preserves Hamilton’s rich cultural and historical legacy. The collection includes books, journals, magazines, memorabilia, and oral history, of which over 2,500 are currently available online.
The heritage collection includes copies of the Waikato Times from 1872 and unpublished letters and diaries of early Waikato settlers. You can also see the collection in person on Level 3 of Hamilton’s Central Library.