Sir George Grey Special Collections

Publish Date : 13 Oct 2016
Sir George Grey Special Collections
Looking east towards Albert Park showing the Auckland Public Library, Art Gallery and Municipal Offices. Henry Winkelman, 1905. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1248.

Sir George Grey, governor of New Zealand from 1845 to 1853 and from 1861 to 1867, was the founding donor for Auckland's public library and Auckland Art Gallery.

As well as a considerable manuscript and rare book collection, he presented the city with 58 works of art which were displayed at the opening of the Auckland Art Gallery on 17 February 1888. 

The Sir George Grey Special Collections contain over 500,000 images of New Zealand from the 1840s to the present day, as well as mapsmanuscriptsephemera and more.

There's a strong emphasis on Auckland in the collections. Highlights include historic surveys of Auckland buildings and architecture, social portraits, landscapes and cityscapes, advertising images, magazine and newspaper negatives and over 250 individual photo albums.

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