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Our Heritage Collection, located on Level 3 of the Central Library, aims to preserve Hamilton's rich cultural and historical legacy for future generations. In addition to books and magazines, the Heritage Collection includes the Waikato Times from 1872, unpublished letters and diaries of early Waikato settlers, historic photographs, old business advertising leaflets and other memorabilia and treasures from our Heritage Collection. There is also a large and growing collection of oral histories ranging from architecture to the experiences of new migrants and the development of Hamilton Gardens.

If you're interested in exploring our history, the Hamilton Heritage Collections site will be of great interest. You can browse through the collections using keyword searches and refine your search by decade, subject, location and format. Feel free to add tags or comments and download any images you wish to keep.

The Heritage Collection also includes a large collection of books on NZ history, art and culture as well as government information such as statutes and parliamentary reports and Hamilton City Council Archives. Other resources include a comprehensive range of maps, particularly early Hamilton and early topographical and resources for family history research.


Hamilton Heritage Collections is an interactive website that shares some of the varied heritage materials held by Hamilton City Libraries.





Use your mobile device to explore Hamilton's seen and unseen history through the collections of Hamilton City Libraries. The app now has three tours that cover the Hood Street area, Hamilton East and Hamilton city’s south end.

These self-guided walking tours come with optional audio commentary so take your headphones with you.

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 Hamilton Traffic Bridge  c. 1880-1890
 HCL image no. 01008


 The destruction caused by the Frankton Tornado, 1948.
 HCL image no. 329

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