OFF THE RECORD, Number 8, 2001

Items in the 2001 issue of Off the Record included:

Edward Ashworth in New Zealand 1842-44. One of the treasures of the Turnbull Library is a collection of journals and watercolours by the English architect Edward Ashworth.

The New Zealand Cartoon Archive. The Turnbull has been supporting a series of events involving this important collection of about 25,000 images.

Sir Apirana Ngata’s papers. Fifty years after the death of Sir Apirana Ngata, the first Maori cabinet minister and a great champion of Maori social and economic development, his family has agreed that the Turnbull should be the repository for his large and important collection of personal papers.

National Library Fellow. Samoan historian Damon Salesa, the National Library research fellow for 2001, has been drawing on the Turnbull’s extensive collections about Samoa to write a “people’s history” of Samoa.

Burning Bright: A Vision of William Blake. A highly successful exhibition of William Blake’s visionary art, drawn from the collections of the Turnbull and the National Library, has been held in Wellington.

Remembering Don McKenzie. The Turnbull was a joint sponsor of a recent conference which attracted international participation to commemorate the work of the world renowned book scholar Don McKenzie, a Wellingtonian who had close associations with the Turnbull.

Oscar Natzka Sings Again. Oscar Natzke (1912-1951), the NZ blacksmith who became one of the world’s great bass singers, lives again in two CDs issued jointly by the Turnbull and Atoll Ltd, containing all his known recordings.