25 Apr 2014

Anzac Day: Artefacts from the HarperCollins Archive

In honour of Anzac Day today (25th April) here is a post from our HarperCollins UK Archive Service which features some interesting items from the other side of the globe.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. It originally commemorated the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli during WWI, but now the day broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and in peacekeeping operations.

William Collins established agencies in Australia and New Zealand in 1862. A depot was established in Sydney in 1876 with a New Zealand Office of Collins Bros & Co opening in Mills Lane, Auckland, the next year. Collins enjoyed great success in Australia and New Zealand, perhaps in part due to Scottish immigrants who were familiar with the publisher.

The Glasgow archive recently received some fascinating materials from our HarperCollins counterparts in New Zealand which included: catalogues from the 1970s; photographs of staff from the 1940s; wage books from the 1920s; correspondence from the early 1900s and financial and legal records from as far back as 1877!

The items also included some sketches of local Maori people and correspondence from 1917: especially relevant given the next four years of centenary commemorations of WWI.

We are currently cataloguing this material and are looking forward to making the story of Collins in New Zealand more accessible through these records.

by Rachael Egan, © HarperCollins UK Archive Service

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