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Hamilton Heritage Collections

Check out our online platform where you can view many of the Heritage materials held by Hamilton City Libraries.

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For a limited time, our Family History resources have extended availability from home, explore them here.

About Ngaa Koorero Tuku Iho - Heritage and Archives collections

Located on Level 3 of the Central Library, the Whakaputu/Archives and Rangahau/Heritage and Research teams care for the rich cultural and historical legacy of Kirikiriroa/Hamilton.

The Heritage collections include the Waikato Times from 1872 onwards; unpublished letters and diaries of early Waikato settlers; historic photographs; old business advertising leaflets and other memorabilia and treasures. There is also a large and growing collection of oral histories covering subjects such as architecture, the experiences of new migrants, and the development of Hamilton Gardens. 

If you're interested in Hamilton's history, take a look at Hamilton City Libraries' Heritage Collections online. Browse the site or search by decade, subject, location or format. Feel free to add comments to contribute to the information we know about our collection.

The Heritage collections also include books on New Zealand history, art and culture, government information such as statutes and parliamentary reports, and the Hamilton City Council Archives. Other resources include a comprehensive range of maps, particularly early Hamilton, and resources for family history research.

Complete a research enquiry online to begin your research journey with us.

Stories from the collections are highlighted in physical displays, you can also explore past and present exhibitions online.

Much of the older material in the collection has been donated by members of the community. If you would like to contribute to the ongoing preservation of Hamilton’s heritage, please contact us at heritage@hcc.govt.nz

Hamilton Heritage Collections

Check out our online platform where you can view many of the Heritage materials held by Hamilton City Libraries.

View the Heritage Collections

Arapuni Bus

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Garden Place in the 1950s

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Victoria St South

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Upcoming Heritage events

Genealogy Seminar

Genealogy Seminar

Thursday 20 May

12:00pm - 1:00pm
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Genealogy volunteers

Thursday 20 May

10:00am - 12:30pm
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Genealogy volunteers

Thursday 27 May

10:00am - 12:30pm
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