One of things that is really rewarding in my position is exposing treasures to a wider audience. On the flip side of that is a frustration when you can’t share those treasures.
We have nearly finished our digitisation program for our Masters Thesis Collection. This has been a gratifying project except for the small fact is that we can’t share the results with the wider world. Most of the theses will stay in our “closed” archive which is accessible to staff and students only. 😦
Which means when you come across beautiful bits of text like this I can’t share the source;
From a Victoria University thesis from 1948, on the early days of the New Zealand prison system:
“The first real attempt at law and order was made in 1838, when some of the more respectable elements amongst the thousand or so lawless inhabitants of Kororareka formed the Kororareka Vigilants’ Association. This association passed resolutions for the protection of life and property, and established a court, the decisions of which could be carried out by force. Fines could be imposed, or punishment inflicted by the effective means of tarring and feathering. Delinquents were confined in the first New Zealand gaol – an old sea chest ventilated by gimlet holes.”