CONTACT US: P. 0. Box 12 499 Wellington New Zealand

About us

Illustration from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" drawn by John Tenniel.

The Society

The society which is based in Wellington, New Zealand is associated with The National Library of New Zealand . It was formed in 1983 to support the work of the Dorothy Neal White Collection.
In 2005 it was extended to support the National Children’s and Susan Price Collections.
How to view the collections supported by Friends of DNW
Membership is by annual subscription, the details are on the membership page.

With great sadness we advise the death of our Patron Barbara Murison.barbaramurison

We will miss Barbara – (pictured), who died of cancer on 19 May 2017. She made a huge contribution to children’s literature and the Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection.

Funeral Was: Tuesday 23 at 1.30pm at Old St Pauls, followed by afternoon tea at the Loaves and Fishes, St Pauls cathedral.

On a Happier Note, Nicola Daly, who was the FDNW research scholar in 2014 has her article online at:

The article was published in the New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship and is titled: Pākehā-Māori: European-Native. Ethnic Labeling in the Dorothy Neal White Collection. Nicola has said she will be able to address the Friends about her visit to the Marantz Collection. This should be near August/September. More details soon.

Read about Barbara and Nicola in our newsletter.  Here

Following post-Kaikoura earthquake damage and subsequent checking, many of the collection areas  at the Library are now open again, including the DNW and NCC collections. Please see for further information.

Nicola Daly’s article based on work on books in the Dorothy Neal White Collection has been published electronically.

Applying for DNW Scholarship
Through its lectures, meetings, research grant and publications the Society helps to foster interest in the general development of children’s literature.
Interested? Download the application form.

Links to this site

Index to Newsletters
AGM 2016 Minutes
Biography Dorothy Neal White
The collection
Membership form
Links to other organisations


Your comments or questions about the Society, the Collection, and this website are welcome
Enquiries about membership of the Friends may be directed to the Secretary, Friends of the Dorothy Neal White Collection
P0 Box 12-499, Thorndon, Wellington 6144.
Membership form

For research enquiries relating to the collection use the webform

Telephone: 64-4-4704488.
Facsimile:  64-4-474 3035

Charitable Status:

New Zealand law allows non-profit organisations to apply for charitable status. This gives advantages over exemptions from some tax returns and allows members to claim tax exempt status for donations.

Our registration number is CC51738

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2 thoughts on “About us”

  1. Rose Allan says:

    I am writing from Auckland Libraries serials department regarding the latest newsletter for June 2016 no.53. We should be on your mailing list to receive hard copies of the newsletter, but may have dropped off the list.
    Could you please send a hard copy of the newsletter for June 2016 to the following address:

    Serials department
    Auckland Libraries Central
    P.O. Box 4138
    Shortland Street
    Auckland 1140

    Thank you very much in advance,
    Rose Allan

  2. Hi Rose

    We will certainly amend this.

    Kind regards

    Corrina Gordon(FDNW President)

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