A DigitalNZ Story by Mark Beatty

Alexander Turnbull – Wellington merchant, yachtsman, golfer, collector, confirmed bachelor and handsome dandy – bequeathed his library to the nation in 1918. Two years later, in 1920, the doors of the library opened for the first time to the public.

Turnbull centenary

Binding by Zaehnsdorf, 1907

Alexander Turnbull Library

Alexander Turnbull Library exhibition

Alexander Turnbull Library

Probate of Turnbull

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga