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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.

Documents relating to the AGM are at About Us > AGM and here

Research Seminar by Dr Mere Whaanga

Noted scholar and writer, Dr. Mere Whaanga, currently the Children’s Writer in Residence at the University of Otago, is giving a research seminar, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, on Friday 28 July 2017. Her talk is titled: “From pepeha to picture book to tribal history: telling Māori stories in multiple genres”, and it will take place at the Hocken Library Seminar room, 90 Anzac Avenue, starting at 3.30.
All are welcome!

Death of John McIntyre, bookseller: John died 10 June 2017. John is sadly missed from the world of children’s books. Read his Facebook Page either from this page or at:

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. 

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

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

See for ideas and conversations about children’s books

In the Friend’s Display Case: National Library Wellington

Children have always what they should do, but the options available to them in today’s digital age are quite different from those of 100 years ago.

This selection of books from the Dorothy Neal White Collection explores the pastimes and activities that were considered suitable for children with time on their hands in a world with no radio, television or internet. These included doing something useful (domestic skills, making things, gardening, playing an instrument), getting out in the healthy fresh air (outdoor games, nature study, camp cooking and survival skills) and entertaining friends and family at home with such diversions as parlour games, magic tricks, puppet shows and scientific experiments.

Many of the suggested activities are, of course, still popular alternatives to poring over a digital device, but not many children nowadays will spend hours making matchbox furniture or perfecting their ventriloquism skills.

-Mary Skarott, Children’s Literature Librarian

The Display Case National Library

A selection of titles from the Dorothy Neal White Collection is on display for the next few months just outside the Turnbull Library reading rooms. — at National Library of New Zealand.

The boy's own book of indoor games

‘The boy’s own book of indoor games and recreations: an instruction manual of home amusements’. Edited by Morley Adams. (London : Boy’s Own Paper Office) 1912

The girl's own indoor book

‘The girl’s own indoor book: containing practical help to girls on all matters relating to their material comfort and moral well-being’. Edited by Charles Peters. (London : Religious Tract Society) 1888?

Things for girls to do inside.

“You take, no doubt, a great pride in the arrangement of your bedroom. One of the chief eyesores is the washstand, which, if it has not a tiled or marbled back, is apt to look shabby.” – ‘100 things a girl can make: a bookful of attractive hints for girls of all ages’. (London : W. Foulsham & Co.) 1924

Home fun for boys

Bullivant, Cecil H. ‘Home fun’. (London : Thomas Nelson & Sons) 1910

Boy's indoor games

‘The boy’s own book of indoor games and recreations: an instruction manual of home amusements’. Edited by Morley Adams. (London : Boy’s Own Paper Office) 1912

Every boy's open-air book.

Hopkins, R. Thurston. ‘Every boy’s open-air book’. (London : Cecil Palmer) c1925

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 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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