Hocken Snapshop of photographs from the Library’s collections goes live

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The Hocken has just launched a new online service making the photographic collections housed at the Hocken Library more accessible to remote users.

Over 33,000 images have been digitized, relating to people and places from all over New Zealand.  A small portion of the Hocken’s large shipping collection is also included.  Copies of the images are available for purchase over the internet and a zoom function greatly assists in the use of the photographs for research purposes.

Emails from readers are already arriving on a daily basis confirming that the site is proving an instant success.  Coupled with the fact that the Photographs Collection database is also now available online, people are more able to see for themselves what we hold and direct specific questions and requests to staff.

The Hocken Snapshop link is as follows:


Children from Milton School visiting Thomson & Co. factory in Dunedin by E.A. Phillips, Dudley Collection, Photographs, Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hakena, University of Otago. S10-243c.

Post prepared by Anna Petersen, Assistant Curator of Photographs.

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2 thoughts on “Hocken Snapshop of photographs from the Library’s collections goes live

  1. I would like to know the date of the Mackenzie Album please. The references I found with one particular photograph is: Mackenzie Album 2603 Asset ID 7760
    Copy neg. c/n E 5 906/17A. File name 0453_02_030A
    It is a party on a glacier I think, very interesting to see the intrepid ladies in the group too!
    Any help that you give as to date & location will be most appreciated.
    The enquirer is the grand-daughter of Walter Burke FRPS, first in the Southern Hemisphere.
    Thank you, Sandra

    • Hi Sandra, Although there are no inscribed dates within the Mackenzie album, I think it can be fairly safely dated to 1912. The embossed cover says ‘Hon. T. Mackenzie FRGS Prime Minister’ and Thomas Mackenzie only held that post for a short time in 1912. That is when the album was probably compiled. I think the actual photographs would also have been taken close to that time, judging by the clothes and vehicle in one of the other photographs. We have the particular shot you like identified as the Tasman Glacier and Hochstetter Ice Fall. Anna Petersen

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