I have just discovered an online database at Auckland Library that has thousands of historical images from New Zealand – Heritage Images Online. The images are sourced from the Auckland Weekly News photographic supplements published between 1898 and 1943.
Photos in the database can be found in a Google search, but I have found searching the database on the Library website more useful. Heritage Images Online can be accessed through Auckland Libraries website at www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz
I have found historical photos of places in New Zealand that I can use for my website. The photo of the opening of Matawai Post Office (below) will be added to my web page for Matawai.
Searching for family names can turn up photographs of relatives. The newspaper published portraits of many servicemen in WW1. An example is shown below from a 1915 issue of the newspaper.
Auckland Weekly News images cover a broad range of subjects from global conflict of the day, scenic views of Auckland, royal visits and local events. They provide a pictorial depiction of New Zealanders and New Zealand life at the time of publication, with a focus on events within the Auckland region.
Images were taken from large bound volumes of newspapers, using a digital camera to capture an entire page of photographs. To protect the fragile volumes, photography was carried out onsite at the library, using specially modified equipment. The digital image of the single page was then transformed into separate records for each photograph, with searchable information about each one including a transcription of its original newspaper caption.