Private lives and public records

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Interior of Sitting Room, Malvern Hills Station, Canterbury, New Zealand, July 1858

A new online exhibition Private lives and public records, which introduces the Aclands, a prominent South Canterbury farming family.

The exhibition brings together the private papers and artwork of the Acland family with the public records that document the family’s interactions with the government.

The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase the interconnected roles of the University of Canterbury’s Macmillan Brown Library – Te Puna Rakahau o Macmillan Brown, and Archives New Zealand‘s Christchurch office. By bringing together the public and private records of each institution, we are able to show how our collections relate to each other and contribute to a more complete picture of our shared heritage. Utilising resources from different institutions enables researchers to build an holistic view of their subject that more accurately reflects the reality of lived experiences.

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