27 Jan 2024

New Zealand photo archive up for auction

From Saturday Morning, 8:10 am on 27 January 2024

An online auction of historic photographs is taking place, with the aim of returning them to New Zealand hands.

Australian media company Fairfax sent 1.4 million images from its photographic archive offshore to be digitised eleven years ago. They never came back.   

Taken by regional Kiwi photographers throughout the 20th Century, they include images of royal tours, music festivals, the Springbok tour and Bastion Point occupation and protests.

New owner, LA-based Daniel Miller delivered a collection of over five thousand images of Māori to the National Library in Wellington.  A few NZ sports organisations have also bought some, but the rest are for sale online.  

166 lots are up for grabs this weekend, including pictures of Auckland's original tramway system, the Chatham Islands, and life in New Zealand's military training camps.