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In 1887, Sir George Grey gave Auckland citizens a range of precious heritage material that is today known as the Grey Collection. This gift forms a significant part of the Sir George Grey Special Collections: Tā Hori Kerei - Ngā kohinga taonga whakahirahira at Auckland Libraries.

View a selection of items from the collection: rare books, medieval manuscripts, Shakespeare's First Folio and other highlights.

Nau mai, tomo mai, piri mai ki ngā taonga takoha atu rā e Tā Hori Kerei hei waihohanga atu rā. Nōna matawā i āhei i a ia kia kohikohi wēnei taonga whakahirahira. Ko tōna hīanga papai kia whāngai kau ai i te ngākau hiakai ki ngā kīnaki o te ao whānui. Āine, ko wētahi pitopito o ngā taonga i tōna kapu o te ringa ka whāriki mua nei ki tōu aroaro. Tukua te muramura ā te mīharo pai rawa kia kapakapa te tau o tōu ngākau, tai hinengaro me tōu wairua anō hoki.

Tihewa te mauri!

Whāngaia te wairua!

Hāpainga te whai mōhioranga!

<a href='/TheCollection/CollectionItem/id/67/title/rossdhu-book-of-hours.aspx' style='color:#b90707'>Rossdhu Book of Hours. Med. MS G.146</a>

Rossdhu Book of Hours. Med. MS G.146

Popular throughout Europe from the late thirteenth to the sixteenth century, Books of Hours were prayer books intended not for the clergy but for devout lay folk who wanted to follow the Church’s programme of daily devotions.

Robert Park. Sketchbook. 1851. GNZMS 349

Robert Park. Sketchbook. 1851. GNZMS 349

Robert Park recorded some of the Maori he met between February and June 1851 in this sketchbook.

Sir George Grey’s riding whip. GMS 158

Sir George Grey’s riding whip. GMS 158

The whip was made by Swaine & Adeney of London and is inscribed “To Sir George Grey, in recollection of our pleasant rides in South Africa. September, 1860. Alfred”.

Frederick Rice Stack. Views in the Province of Auckland, New Zealand.

Frederick Rice Stack. Views in the Province of Auckland, New Zealand.

View of Auckland Harbour, New Zealand, taken during the regatta of January 1862.

Letter to Grey from Charles Darwin, GL D8.2

Letter to Grey from Charles Darwin, GL D8.2

Darwin wrote on 13 November 1847, praising Grey's ‘admirable spirit’ and taking up his invitation to comment, at some length, on interesting aspects of New Zealand’s natural history.

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