Life in New Zealand 1982

Scope and Content

Colour transparencies. When planning the exhibition 'Commonwealth in Focus,' the Royal Commonwealth Society Library requested material from Commonwealth Governments and these slides, with the photographs listed at Y308E, were sent in response. A continuous slide show was prepared to portray contemporary aspects of the countries of the Commonwealth and twelve of these slides were copied for inclusion.
The list is that supplied with the slides which are filed in the order given. A rough subject breakdown is:
1-2 General
3-14, 94 Timber
15-23, 34-35, 209, 222 Transport
24-33, 102-112, 198, 219 Fishing
34-51 Fruit
52-82, 90-91, 95-96, 100, 213-215, 220 Agriculture
83-89, 93, 97, 101, 181, 187-188, 210 Power and manufacturing
99 Tourism
113-118, 216 Education
119-127, 189, 211-212 Antarctic
98, 128-138 Research (see also Fishing 102-112)
139-152, 221 Architecture and housing
153-166, 171, 201-202, 204, 206, 216-218, 223-224 City life, recreation and the arts
167-170 Mountaineering
172-180, 200, 210 Sport
182-186 Meteorology
190-197, 199, 203, 205, 207-208, 217-218 New Zealanders (occupations and types)
Many of these photographs correspond to photographs in Y3089BB and in some cases the captions of these are fuller. A comparison (probably not exhaustive) has been made and the list marked as follows:
Simple numbers, indicating identical pictures 62
Numbers with 'R', indicating identical pictures, but reversed (N.B. It is probable that the prints, rather than the slides, are correct) 13
Numbers with 'S', indicating similar pictures, i.e. not identical but taken at the same spot or on the same occasion 4
Unnumbered, indicating no comparable picture 144
Numbers 61 and 64 are identical
In addition, the slides copied for Commonwealth in Focus at Y3011GGG are marked CF, followed by the number allotted in that list.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Royal Commonwealth Society by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs in June 1982.


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Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Alternative Form Available

Y3011GGG/5-16 are copies of 12 of this collection.

Y3089BB holds many prints that correspond to these slides.

Additional Information

This collection level description was entered by WS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

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