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NZTronix Collection

Identifier: tron

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the records of a project titled 'NZTronix: The Early New Zealand Software Database'. NZTronix was a project to build a publicly accessible database, initially to gather and preserve information about early New Zealand computer games, later more broadly concerned with early New Zealand software. The project was an interdisciplinary one led by academics from Victoria University of Wellington: Susan Corbett (Commercial Law), Rachel Lilburn (School of Information Management), Stuart Marshall (Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics), Melanie Swalwell (Media Studies), and Ian Welch (Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics). The project gathered research resources, set up a website and a blog, and conducted research on emulation software. However, once the initial funding had ceased and some researchers moved on to other roles, the project resources were transferred to the J C Beaglehole Room, Library.


  • Creation: 1978-

Access and use

Access is freely available in the J.C.Beaglehole Room for research and private study. For any use beyond this, please contact the J.C.Beaglehole Room ( in the first instance.


2 linear_centimeters (1 envelope)

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This collection has been documented as a project, but the project had itself collected material from other sources. Therefore, series have been created by the archivist for the project records, and for each donation to the project as far as that can be determined.

Custodial History

Some records were transferred via the University's email system or on CD. The physical objects were transferred from Ian Welch's office, which was prone to leaks, while he was on leave in 2008. Some hardware is held on temporary deposit pending Ian's return.

Guide to the NZTronix collection
In Progress
Nicola Frean; Nicholas Carman
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Repository Details

Part of the Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections - JC Beaglehole Reading Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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Wellington 6140 New Zealand
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