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Creating a National Spirit: Celebrating New Zealand's Centennial


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The contributors to this book were assisted in many ways in their researches but some people warrant particular mention.

Vincent O'Sullivan, the director of the Stout Research Centre at the time, warmly supported the proposal to hold a conference in November 1999 to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the opening of the Centennial Exhibition, and he, Sarah Upton, the centre's administrator, and residents at the centre at the time did much to ensure its success. Lydia Wevers, the current director, kept a watchful eye on the book's progress toward publication. The Stout Research Centre met the costs of copy-editing the text of the book for publication. A generous grant from the Stout Trust ensured the book's publication.

Margaret Calder, the Alexander Turnbull chief librarian, supported the project from the time it was first mooted and her advice smoothed its path at important stages; and librarians at the Alexander Turnbull Library were a continuing source of advice and guidance to the book's authors. Members of the staff of Archives New Zealand provided ready access to the official records of the centennial celebrations, as did staff of Wellington City Archives to records of the New Zealand Centennial Exhibition Company Ltd. The Hocken Library responded helpfully to requests for access to some of its holdings.

Dame Janet Paul and Emeritus Professor Tim Beaglehole generously shared their knowledge of Dr J.C. Beaglehole's contribution to typography and book production. The late R.I.M. (Bob) Burnett was a much valued source of information on the Centennial Atlas project. Clive Sowry, film archivist, Archives New Zealand, and Russell Campbell, School of English, Film and Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington, provided advice on some aspects of the Centennial Film, and Diane Pivac, collection manager—documentation, the Film Archive, gave access to stills from the film and other photographic records of its production. Peter Downes, Joy Tonks and Blair Parkes tracked down an elusive photograph.

Emeritus Professor W.H. Oliver read the completed text of the book and gave helpful advice. Janet Hughes copy-edited it and compiled the index. Fergus Barrowman and Sue Brown prepared a handsome publication.

This assistance is gratefully acknowledged.