Papers Past now contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 83 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

To commemorate this landmark, we’re running a free-to-enter competition for Papers Past users, called “Find yourself in the past/Lose yourself in the papers”, originally inspired by James Griffin in the New Zealand Herald.

The rules are very simple:

  • Enter your name (just first and last names or include middle names if you wish) in the search box to the right and check the “any of your words” box.
  • From the results, pick what you consider to be the most interesting match.
  • Email us a link to your favourite result, along with your contact details, to paperspast[at]natlib.govt.nz any time during October 2013. Entries close at 5pm on the 31st October.

All entries will go into a draw to win a framed print from the Alexander Turnbull collections. The winner will be notified by email in November, 2013. Staff of the Department of Internal Affairs are not eligible to enter.

Latest additions to Papers Past (September 2013):

  • King Country Chronicle (1906-1920)
  • Mount Ida Chronicle (1869-1926)
  • Oamaru Mail (1876-1920)
  • Timaru Herald (1901-1920)

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