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Community Archives / Pūranga Hapori



Wellington City Archives Te Kano Kohinga Kupu o Pōneke has a small collection of community archives that represent Wellington and its people.

Community Archives donations were made by individuals, families, businesses, organisations and community groups.

On this page you will find examples of Community Archives.

Monde Marie coffee bar (Wellington City Archives BO001-78)


Community Archives

Here is an example of what we have:

Carter Observatory (1863-2001)

The collection contains the records of the Carter Observatory (established 1940) and other earlier astronomy groups in Wellington - the Wellington Philosophical Society, the Wellington City Observatory and the Wellington Planetarium Society.

Early Settlers' and Historical Association of Wellington (1842-about 1910)

The collection contains items gathered by the Early Settlers and given to Wellington City Council. It includes photographs and other items relating to early Wellington, as well as some of the association's own records.

Karori Hockey Club (1905-2006)

The Karori Hockey Club was started in 1899. The archives include club records and photographs, Wellington Hockey Association reports and circulars.

Union Steam Ship Company Co Ltd (1875-1989)

One of the most successful international commercial organisations ever begun by New Zealanders. It started in Dunedin and in 1922 its head office shifted to Wellington. Other company records can be found at the Hocken Library in Dunedin.

Wellington Show Association Inc (1926-1994)

A group of Wellington merchants formed this association to promote their activities and show the public what locally-manufactured and imported goods were available. The association operated the Wellington Show and Sports Centre and organised trade fairs and other events.

Wrights Hill Reserve Committee (1982-2003)

This group of volunteers started and managed the maintenance and native planting of Wrights Hill Reserve in Karori, developed a revegetation plan, and constructed the lookout. The group was originally a subcommittee set up by the Karori Progressive Association.

Postcard from the Alistair Robb postcard collection 

(Wellington City Council Archives, BN001-1175)

There are plenty more Community Archives to discover. These include thousands of images, documents and correspondence records. 

To search our entire community archives collection please enter your keywords in the search bar bellow. 

Donating items

Wellington City Archives is not currently accepting offers of donations, please email for more information.