Friday Free Stuff: New Zealand Yearbooks
15 June 2012
Statistics New Zealand has digitised the New Zealand Official Yearbook from 1893 to 2008 - with 2010 to come soon.
Each yearbook can be opened up as an individual file, and you can then click table-of-contents links, search within the file (Ctrl-F, or on a Mac Command-F), and copy and paste tables into an Excel (or LibreOffice) spreadsheet.
This is great for all sorts of statistics about New Zealand, past and nearly-present, and for tracking down trivia like when we stopped referring to "the Middle Island" and started calling it "the South Island".