Parliament’s Library – 150 Years by John Martin

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New Zealand’s Parliamentary Library celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2008. Founded within a few years of the start of representative government in New Zealand in 1854, it is a vital part of an effective democracy. Over the years the library has changed out of all recognition from its beginnings in a tiny collection of reference works in a one-room cottage. In the late nineteenth century it became New Zealand’s de facto national library, in a magnificent Gothic building. Today it is an ‘electronic powerhouse’ providing information to Parliament. Over 150 years the library has faithfully served Parliament, responding to MPs’ needs for information, enlightenment, recreation and solace. Today it continues to give Parliament rapid, efficient and reliable service. Together with its wider national responsibilities, the library continues to make a vital contribution to New Zealand’s political and cultural heritage. About the Author Dr John E. Martin is the Parliamentary Historian. He is involved in a range of activities associated with the History and Heritage programme within Parliament, researching and writing historical material, recording oral histories, collecting relevant history and heritage items and preparing displays. He wrote The House: New Zealand’s House of Representatives 1854–2004 for the 150th anniversary of Parliament in New Zealand and has published widely on our political and social history. This Steele Roberts Paperback is in Mint condition.

ISBN: 9781877448430 SKU: 395250 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.