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National Library of New Zealand

  • National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa PO Box 1467 Wellington 6140 New Zealand
  • +64 4 474 3000
  • 1920

The Family History Collection is the best place to start your search as it holds New Zealand birth, death, and marriage indexes, shipping indexes, cemetery and probate indexes and electoral rolls.

Further in-depth research can be done using material from the Alexander Turnbull Library collections which contain New Zealand’s national documentary heritage.

Established in 1920 after Alexander Horsburgh Turnbull gifted his collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, paintings and sketches to New Zealand, the Turnbull collections now contain millions of items and covers New Zealand society, culture, community and political history from the late 19th century to the present.

The Oral History Centre is part of the Alexander Turnbull Library and includes more than 10,000 recordings including interviews with people of various ethnicities from throughout New Zealand and the Pacific.

The National Library building in Wellington is closed for redevelopment, and is due to reopen in early 2012. During the relocation period, some collections are available in two temporary locations: Archives New Zealand and a reading room at 77 Thorndon Quay, Wellington.