The Walsh Memorial Library at MOTAT took part in #1Lib1Ref to get some of our great resources backing the information on a few different Wikipedia pages relating to New Zealand’s transport stories. We cited the time it took Jean Batten to fly from England to New Zealand from the very page she wrote in the aircraft’s logbook, and used our published titles to add citations to Sir Tim Wallis’ incredible aviation story. Wallis promotes tourism in New Zealand and has restored a number of World War II era fighter aircraft as well as being the founder of the New Zealand air show, Warbirds over Wanaka. Freya, pictured here, cited the Wikipedia page for boy racers. MOTAT displays the first car that was crushed when vehicle confiscation was introduced for boy racing in New Zealand in 2009. This now brightly painted car can be seen in front of the old Waitākere Railway Station at MOTAT’s Great North Road site. Keep an eye out when you next visit!
With the launch of our new collections online happening in June, we are going to keep building on this momentum as we now have permanent links to work with. We’re excited to jump on the linked data train and get participating!