The Friends of the Turnbull Library


The Friends of the Turnbull Library (FoTL) supports the work of the Alexander Turnbull Library, and promotes public interest in the Library’s collections.

Titiro ki muri kia whakatika ā mua.
Preserving the past to enlighten the future.

The Alexander Turnbull Library is a guardian of our heritage, a great research institution serving the general public and scholars in the fields of historical research, literary, cultural and genealogical studies.

In 2020 the Alexander Turnbull Library turned 100, having first opened its doors to the public in June 1920.

Among a number of special centenary events, the Friends offered a creative writing competition for school students, in two categories, years 9-10 and years 11-13.

Winners were announced on Monday 14 September 2020, on the anniversary of Alexander Turnbull’s birthday.

In 2022 we are about to launch another SMART ALEX creative writing competition.

Coming up…

Wednesday 8 June, 5.30 pm – Adrian Humphris, “The architecture of Thomas Turnbull & Son”