This section of our website is still under construction but you will soon be able to search our extensive collection of the Far North region's social history online.
In the meantime, please check out our current archive service shown below.
Funding has been received for the purchase of the world-class Vernon Systems cataloguing software and we are in the process of finalising on-going funding for the annual subscription and maintenance fees. Vernon Systems has more than 30 years' experience in creating software for the museum, gallery and cultural heritage sectors. Their systems are used around the world by institutions to catalogue, manage and publish information about collections. Museum @ Te Ahu may not be the biggest museum in the world but we will be up there with the majors when it comes to making our collection available internationally to other heritage organisations, researchers and anyone interested in the history of our unique region. Much of our collection is of national, even international, importance.
Our webmaster will work closely with Vernon Systems to ensure complete compatibility with our own website and there will be links to each within the other, making access a seamless process.
Ensuring the correct data, with accurate information, as well as photographs of the taonga entrusted to our care is entered, requires skill and expert knowledge but we are fortunate to have such experts available to complete this lengthy task. We hope this exciting and important new venture will be up and running by the end of 2019 or beginning of 2020.
We have a large collection of material which may be of use in your research. These are some of our most popular sources:
Contains thousands of references to early settlers and Peoples of the Far North.
With thousands of references to a variety of subjects and districts.
We have a collection of local newspapers. Bay of Islands Observer Feb - Oct 1842; The Luminary 1879 -1902; The Northland Age 1904 -1975; 1982 - current; Mangonui On Guard 1916 -1922; The Northlander 1922 -1933.
Headstone transcriptions for Takahue; St Saviours, Kaitaia Public, Houhora, Mount Camel, Fairburn, Victoria Valley, St Barnabas Peria, Mangonui Public, St Andrews Mangonui.
School histories. Indexed admission Registers for Ngataki, Waihopo, Fern Flat, Houhora, Pukenui, Herekino, Kohumaru, Parapara, Takahue, Kaitaia Primary, Fairburn, Peria, Mangonui, Oruaiti, Ahipara, Te Hapua, Pukepoto, Kaingaroa, Pamapuria, Victoria Valley. Hokianga: Motukaraka, Rangiahua, Broadwood.
Information on shipping and shipwrecks round the Northland Coast.
Anglican Church Registers 1834 - 1900s. Marriage, Baptism and Deaths European and Maori; Methodist Church Baptism and Marriages 1838 -1847; Intention to Marry 1855 -1920. Mangonui Post Office Births, 1876 -1907; Deaths 1876 -1920.
Anglican Church Registers; Cemetery Transcriptions, Land Court Minute Books 1865 -1917; Mãori Civil Registrations Births, Deaths and Marriages 1913 -1961; New Zealand Mãori Voters Roll 1908; Turtons Land Deeds North Island; Mãori Land Claims AJHR 1855 -1923.
Rev Richard Davis 1824 -1857 (Bay of Islands); Rev Joseph Matthews 1834 -1875; William Puckey, 1845 -1868; Richard M Matthews 1864 -1912; Extraction of Journals from Richard Taylor; Rev William Williams; Rev Henry Williams; William Bertram White.
Hundreds of publications about Far North history.
Many thousands of photographs from Kaitaia and Far North photographers which include the Northwood Collection, Lou Hobson, John Sanders, Lynwood Studios, Highlite Studios; etc.
Historical maps of the Far North area.
We hold personal papers, ephemera, diaries, family histories, community organizations, sports clubs and much more. Just ask!
The Archives may also be open during the week for casual visitors but to to be certain please phone to check.
We look forward to being able to assist you in person or we offer a written request service for persons unable to attend in person.
The information and images in the collection browser have been provided for personal and research use only. If you would; like to reproduce, transmit or copy content for any other purpose, please contact us to discuss requirements.