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North Shore Library Archives

The main collection of family and community archives is held in the New Zealand Collection at Takapuna Library (The Strand, Takapuna). In addition, there is an archive relating specifically to East Coast Bays held at East Coast Bays Library (Bute Rd, Browns Bay), compiled by the East Coast Bays Friends of the Library. These library archives relate to individuals, families and community groups on the North Shore, but do not include official documents relating to Council activities. The official archive of the North Shore City Council is in central Takapuna and can be viewed by appointment — contact the North Shore City Council archivist (486-8600).


Access to the Takapuna and East Coast Bays Library archives is by appointment, Monday to Friday during opening hours.

To visit the Takapuna Library archive, please contact the NZ Collection Librarian (09-486-8600 ext. 8726)
To visit the East Coast Bays Library archive, please contact the Reference Librarian (09-486-8600 ext. 8579)

List of Archives held at Takapuna Library (NZ Collection)

1. Personal and family archives

Alison Family scrapbook
Bartrum Estate archive — 3 boxes
Percival Cammel archive
Chandler archive — 4 boxes
Dorothy Crocombe - scrapbooks
Green-Hayward archive — 2 boxes of photos and memorabilia
Speedy scrapbook
Vera Steel - appointment diaries
Barbara Titchener archive
Gordon Minhinnick cartoons (copies) — 2 boxes
Gordon Minhinnick cartoon clippings — 1 box
Robert Muldoon clippings — 2 boxes

2. Club and society archives

Albany Country Womens Institute — minute books 1929-83
Albany Fruit Growers Association — old record books
Bayswater Womens Club — minute books
Birkenhead Amateur Cycle Club - documents
Castor Bay Ratepayers Association - minute book 1938-76
Devonport Garden and Floral Art Club - archive
Forrest Hill Ratepayers Residents Association - documents
Milford Tennis Club - minute book and album 1927-73
North Shore Chamber Orchestra - minute books
North Shore Harmony Club - documents
North Shore Youth Club — minutes 1959-62
RSA Albany — club records
Stanley Bay Improvement Association 1950s - documents
Takapuna Bowling Club Presidents - album
Takapuna Women's Bowling Club - documents
Takapuna Womens Club — minute books, correspondence and records
Takapuna Youth Club — correspondence 1960-62
Torbay Progressive Ratepayers Association - documents

3. Archives relating to publications

"Takapuna jubilee history" - research (2 boxes in NZC workroom)
"Once there were green fields" (Albany local history) - research

4. Archives relating to geographic areas

Albany 100 Society archive (Albany centenary celebrations) — 4 boxes
Birkenhead Centennial Society
Greenhithe scrapbook — R. King
Smales Farm documents re campaign for public space — Nanette McLauchlan (1 box in NZC workroom)
Takapuna 1990 Community Committee

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