Biographies & people


* Marsden Online Archive
Samuel Marsden's letters and journals, as well as the papers of other early New Zealand missionaries, are held in the Hocken Collections at the University of Otago Library. 599 of these letters and journals have been made available on the Marsden Online Archive to date.
* Biographical Directory of Anglican Clergy (Blain Biographical Directory)
1,500 Anglican priests who served in New Zealand, Polynesia, and Melanesia are included in this directory. The compiler aims to include all the Anglican clergy from the first visit of Samuel Marsden in 1814. For privacy reasons, clergy ordained after 1926 are not included. The compilation of this directory has been done by the Rev'd Michael Blain and is published by the John Kinder Theological Library
* Cultural Icons
The Cultural Icons project celebrates people who have shaped New Zealand's arts and culture scene. A valuable, informative and accessible series of recorded interviews, conducted between contemporaries, with the aim to sharing the histories, stories and experiences of some of New Zealand's most significant arts and culture contributors.
* Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
This website contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country. It does not include people who are alive so you will not find people like John Key or Dan Carter, but you will find people like George Nepia or Michael Joseph Savage. The information on this site is the online version of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.
* Dictionary of New Zealand Biography in Māori
Te Reo version of Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
* Harmonizing my starting place: Charles Brasch, patron, poet and collector
This exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of Charles Orwell Brasch (1909-1973), the Dunedin-born man who formed much of New Zealand's artistic and literary tradition by his twenty-year editorship of Landfall, New Zealand's premier literary magazine. Online exhibition from Otago University.
* Little Histories
This publication sets out some of the stories behind the Births, Deaths and Marriages registers. Author Megan Hutching, of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, profiles seven people who have worked closely with the registers. They describe the evolution of record keeping from beautiful old books, painstakingly handwritten, to computerised data systems that can search millions of records and verify the details of any particular one. Little Histories also contains some fascinating images. Among the book’s illustrations are some pictures of the earliest registers from as far back as the 1840s, published for the first time.
* New Zealand Parliament Biographies
History resource from NZ Parliament, links to selected biographies of politicians from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.
* Photographers' Database
Auckland City Libraries' photographers database is an index of photographers who worked in New Zealand from the 1840s through to the present day. The database draws on sources such as advertisements, newspapers, electoral rolls, published articles, trade directories and other resources.
* Prime Ministers of New Zealand
Brief biographies of past New Zealand Prime Ministers.
* Southern People - A Dictionary of Otago-Southland Biography
Southern People collects together stories of the multitude of over 3000 interesting people who have lived in Otago and Southland.