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.
Alexander Turnbull Library
Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage
National Library of New Zealand