Selected stories by Owen Marshall – New Zealand e-book month

Owen Marshall is a renowned short story writer and novelist, who worked for more than 25 years as a teacher before retiring to work full time as a writer. Many critics rank Marshall among the finest, if not the finest, of New Zealand’s short story writers.

In these sixty stories taken from the past thirty years, Marshall displays his mastery of the short story form, his love for the South Island landscape and his unsentimental yet humane delineation of recognisable characters and situations.

You can read Selected stories as an e-book from our Overdrive collection.

Selected stories  is also available as a paper book.

Stop Press: two electronic updates for history buffs

We have two new exciting electronic additions just in time for Anzac Day.

Papers Past allows access to digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals from 1839 to 1945. It now includes the Otago Daily Times digitised from 1901-1920 which means the WWI period is covered online by this  major New Zealand daily paper. A great source of information for researchers of family and social history.

Find My Past AU has created the ‘Findmypast ANZAC Memory Bank’ to honour the men and women who represented their country at war. This bank will contain personal accounts, diaries, expert articles, and photographs from ALL wars. The ANZAC Memory Bank will commemorate not only the lost lives but also the brave men and women who made it home safely again. The memory bank will launch on the 1st of April and apparently there is already lots of New Zealand content. If you want to you can add to the memory bank by sharing your thoughts, stories and photos with Find My Past.

Christchurch City Libraries subscribes to a range of electronic resources at the Source including many to help in your family history searches. Take some time to have a play… you would be amazed how much there is to learn and see.

Christchurch – this week in history (4 March – 10 March)

Roald Amundsen4 March 1977
Museum Antarctic wing opens. View our page on Antarctica and its Christchurch connections.

5 March 1863
Samuel Bealey elected third Superintendent of Canterbury.

7 March 1925
Cholmondeley Home for children (a gift of Hugh Heber Cholmondeley) opens at Governors Bay.

9 March 1963
Concerts by jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong.

More March events in our Christchurch chronology.