Archives & Research Room

Museum actively seeks donations of local historical material for the archives.
please contact the Manager/Curator to make an appointment,
To be undertaken by the Archivists are welcome.
Research in our Museum Archives which holds information on people, places, shipping and ship building, sporting events, businesses, and churches relating to Warkworth and the outlying districts. There are books and many photographs relating to the past as well as an extensive collection of family histories and social histories, school records, church and cemetery records.

The inventory of historical documents is being added to constantly now that it is recognised that the Museum is able to take care of these valuable items.


Our Archives and Research room may hold the answers to your questions. These are among our most popular sources.


Biographical Card Index
Hundreds of references to early settlers and local identities.

Subject Cards
Hundreds of references to subjects and districts.

School histories. Indexed admission registers for Ahuroa No 1&2, Big Omaha, Dacres’s Claim, Dome Valley, Glorit, Huhue, Kaipara Flats, Komokoriki No 1&2, Kourawhero, Little Omaha,Mahurangi Heads East,

Heads West, Matakana Lower, Matakana Upper, Mangakura, Mullet Point, Pakiri, Pohuehue, Tauhoa & Mangakura, Ti Point, Woodcocks, Warkworth.

We hold a collection of ‘The Auckland Weekly News’ dating from the 1890’s
Many folders of newspaper cuttings on local topics.

Industrial Histories
These include copper mining at Kawau Island, ship building, lime and cement industry, fruit growing, dairying and dairy factories,communications.

Church and Cemetery Records
Church histories and records of most local cemeteries.

A large folder of local Maori history.

Reference Library
Journals and Diaries. Hundreds of local publications including family and district histories.

Survey maps showing original lot numbers. Many district maps.


The Museum actively seeks donations of historical material for the archives – many families in the district have lodged their family material for safe-keeping and preservation with the Museum.

See our Collections Policy


Requests for research to be undertaken by our volunteer archivists are welcome.  Our price list can be found here Archive Charges

If you would like to some research done for you please download and complete our research form from here Research Form

otherwise send details of your request to warkworthmuseum@xtra.co.nz.  We also welcome postal, email or telephone enquiries.

On receiving your research request our volunteer archivists will undergo an initial check of our catalogue to identify whether we hold any items which may be of relevance or interest to you.  They will also be able to provide you with an estimated cost to undertake any detailed research and any relevant copying you may require.  Alternatively, you can make an appointment to visit the archives to undertake the research yourself.


If you would like to visit the Archives to do research, please contact the Manager/Curator to make an appointment, so that one of our archivists can be available to help you.

Our archives is open to visits between 10.30am – 2.00pm on Wednesdays.

If a Wednesday is not suitable, please contact the Museum Manager.  There will be a charge for assisted research.