Local History Collections

Find archives and research collections in local libraries and museums.

Richmond Library

These two local history collections are for use in the library only. Contact Richmond Library in advance or book a librarian to help you get started with these resources.

Waimea South Genealogy and History Collection


Archives, unpublished family information, historic photographs, and other items relating to the Waimea South area. The collection is jointly owned by Tasman District Council and The Waimea South Historical Society. Some items from this collection have been digitised and are available on Tasman Heritage.

Local History Collection

Books, journals, published family histories and other items from the Nelson Tasman area. Highlights include a Roll of Honour of local service people who served in the Boer War, World War One and World War Two.

Motueka, Tākaka and Murchison Libraries

Each library holds general local history and genealogy resources and also resources specifically about their area. For more information, contact your local library branch.

Collections in Other Local Organisations

These local organisations have archival collections and other resources for family historians and researchers.

Nelson Public Libraries - Heritage Collections

Includes the complete run of the Nelson Mail (Nelson Evening Mail) on microfilm, as well as a Māori Heritage Collection.

Nelson Provincial Museum

An extensive range of local history materials including publications, photographic and archival collections. The collection's strength is in the period 1841-1920.

Golden Bay Museum - Te Waka Huia o Mohua

Collections focus on the history and geology of the Golden Bay / Mohua area. The Museum archives hold information on and photographs of Golden Bay / Mohua families and local industries.

Motueka District Museum Research Room

Family histories, photographs, and scrapbooks on Motueka and surrounding areas including Māpua, Moutere and the Abel Tasman National Park.

Murchison Museum

Collections include photographs and written accounts of the devastating 1929 Murchison Earthquake, as well as early agricultural machinery.

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