OFF THE RECORD, Number 21, 2013

Articles in the 2013 issue include:

We’re back – and visitor numbers are up!
Ruth MacEachern looks at changes in research access and growth in visitor attendance since the Alexander Turnbull Library returned to its home in the National Library Building.

New Award: Lilburn Research Fellowship
Philip Norman, the inaugural recipient of the Douglas Lilburn Research Grant, plans to complete a book charting the course of New Zealand composition from the beginnings of European settlement.

The Turnbull Gallery: the story continues
Rachel Esson previews some of the intriguing and insightful exhibitions that will be on show in the Turnbull Gallery in the coming year.

Isaac Coates: Reuniting his Maori portraits
Paul Diamond unravels the intriguing story behind the Turnbull’s collection of 24 Maori portraits, and the recent links made to other works by the relatively unknown artist Isaac Coates.

From the Guardians/Kaitiaki
A report on some activities and developments of the last year from the Guardians/Kaitiaki of the Turnbull Library: Helen Tait (chair), Professor Raewyn Dalziel, Robyn Kamira, Professor Paul Tapsell and Helen Walker.

Operatic History
A report from this year’s FoTL Research Scholar, Dr Doug Munro, who is writing a history of the NZ Opera Company (1954-1971).

The World’s Largest Children
A postcard in the collections of the Turnbull Library provides an unusual story, researched by John Sullivan, of the Westwood family from Foxton.

Next in Line
Melinda Johnston, recently appointed to the role of Research Librarian, Cartoons, at the Turnbull, is enthusiastic about the emerging talent of a new generation of cartoonists.

A New Aurora Australis
Ruth Lightbourne is delighted to have a third copy of this unique publishing achievement, recently purchased for the Rare Books and Fine Printing collections.

Sounds of War
Roger Flury has been researching some of the people associated with a piece of sheet music published during the First World War.

I’d like to have a picture of that!
David Adams explains the improvements in the process of ordering images online.