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Queen Elizabeth II opens the new Parliamentary Executive Wing (the Beehive) in Wellington, 28 February 1977
Portrait photograph of the first Chief Librarian of the General Assembly Library.
Attendees at the 1937 New Zealand Library Association Conference in Wellington, photographed on the steps of Parliament.
Fire was the scourge of colonial towns and cities. Old, tinder-dry wooden buildings and books were a highly combustible combination, and many private and public libraries caught alight.
Old wooden buildings and books were a highly combustible combination, and many colonial library collections went up in flames. When a great fire swept through most of Parliament Buildings in 1907, the General Assembly Library had a narrow escape. 
The Parliamentary Library was lit up on 26 September 2007 to mark the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of dominion status.
This clip tells the story of New Zealand's adoption of dominion status in 1907. It contains images and sound of Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward reading the proclamation on 26 September that year and film of Dominion Day celebrations outside Parliament and at Newtown Park in Wellington, taken in 1907 or 1908.
Reading the proclamation of New Zealand's dominion status, 1907
New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where the public can walk around the grounds of Parliament.
Fires and earthquakes have been major threats to New Zealand's Parliament Buildings.
For people passing Parliament's grounds, the library building is a picture postcard, but it is also an important research institution that has thousands of books, newspapers and other documents about Parliament.
Many people call Parliament their workplace, but for MPs and others, the parliamentary complex has not always been the ideal place to spend long hours.
In 1992 the biggest heritage building conservation project in New Zealand was undertaken with the strengthening and refurbishing of Parliament House and the Parliamentary Library.
The operation of Parliament has changed over time as its workload has grown and new systems such as MMP have been implemented.
The lobby was the centre of parliamentary life.
Parliament buildings have been modified, destroyed by fire, half-built and restored; the parliamentary places and spaces have formed an important part of New Zealand's history.
This view of Parliament House from Parliament grounds was taken in 1955.
The central theme of opposition to sporting contact with South Africa was opposition to apartheid. This protest took many forms and involved many parts of New Zealand society from church groups to trade unions and student bodies, including school-age children, as shown here.
Sketch of Piccolo Charley and his dog.
A modern postcard of the parliamentary precinct.

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