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    Waimate Museum & Archives
    28 Shearman Street Waimate
    (03) 689 7832 Museum
    (03) 689 7842 Archives
    Museum Hours
    Tuesday to Friday 12.00 noon - 3.00pm
    Public Holidays Closed
    Other times by appointment
    Admission by Donation
    wtemus@xtra.co.nz
    Archive Hours
    Tuesday to Thursday By appointment
    waimatearchives@xtra.co.nz

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  • COLLECTIONS

    Our collections comprises of objects, documentary historical records and archives that relate to Waimate’s natural history, its people and their activities. We manage collections in order to share stories of the Waimate District.
    Collections include:
    - over 150,000 photographs
    - Local government archives dating from 1864
    - Waimate Advertiser newspapers and publications
  • ABOUT US






    The Waimate Historical Society was formed in 1954, when the district was celebrating its 100th year, to preserve the history of the Waimate District.

    The Museum complex is rated as a historical reserve, hosting many justice buildings (1879 Courthouse, Police Station, Jail and Stable), a pioneer cottage, old country school and several purpose built buildings. .

  • WHAT'S NEW
  • EXHIBITS



    Exhibition highlights include:
    * Ka Takata Whenua o Waihao display - a peek at pre European Māori life in Waimate.
    * The Moa exhibition recaps the discovery of Moa bones in 1895 at Arno (5km south of Waimate).
    * Wāhine statue, sculpted by J McDonald for the New Zealand International Exhibition, held in Christchurch 1906-1907.
    * The Pavilion with a 'street of shops' and horse drawn vehicles

    * Douglas School, an old country school house, educating children from the Douglas Settlement from 1912 to 1951. Moved to the Waimate Museum site in 2004.
    * Machinery Hall showcasing farming equipment including the Hornsby Portable Steam Engine from the McCaw family of Hakataramea.
    * Bremner Cottage, a cottage that survived the great Waimate bush fire of 1878. Depicts how people lived before 1878.

    Explore our collections ONLINE

  • MEMBERSHIP
    WAIMATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY...
    Want to support the work of Waimate Museum and Archives?
    Become a member of the Waimate Historical Society!
    You do not need to live in Waimate to be a member- many of our members live outside Waimate. Members receive newsletters, information about upcoming exhibitions and discount on research at the Archives.

    By becoming a member you know that you are helping to keep our Museum open and that the history of Waimate is preserved for the future. Thank you!

    MEMBERSHIP FORM Download a membership form here.

    NEWSLETTER Download our latest newsletter here.

  • BOOKARAMA

    WAIMATE MUSEUM BOOKARAMA
    26th October to 31st October 2019
    10:00 am until 4:00 pm daily.
    In the Machinery Hall on Innes St. Opposite Lister Home.

    Bookarama is our major fund raiser, held over Labour Weekend each year.
    Donations of books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, CD's and DVD's, children's books, and any items for the white elephant stall are gratefully received and may be left in the foyer of the museum most afternoons at any time throughout the year.

    If you need help or would like someone to pick up your items, please contact the museum to arrange a suitable time.

  • ITEMS FOR SALE

    We have a small selection of books and souvenirs for sale. Please contact the Museum office to purchase. Payment can be made by cheque, internet banking, or cash at the museum. Postage will be advised

    Waimate Advertiser 100 years of Publishing - Vol 1 to 8 $25 per vol / $180 full set

    Snippets from the Waimate Advertiser spanning the years 1898 to 1952.

    For other items for sale follow this link.

    The Soldier and The Nurse by Joyce Cooper - $10
    The stories of Irene Olorenshaw M.B.E. - Nurse, and Eric Batchelor D.C.M. and Bar - Soldier. Both Waimate Residents they served in North Africa and Italy during WW2, but their paths never crossed.

    Fridge magnets featuring historical photographs of local interest e.g. the Waimate Railway Station; Quinn’s brickworks; Hamilton’s Apiary, etc. $3 each or 4 for $10.

  • Contact Us

MUSEUM

Waimate Historical Museum
28 Shearman Street Waimate
(03) 689 7832
Museum Hours
Tuesday to Friday 12.00 noon - 3.00pm
Saturday 1.00pm - 3.00pm (Mid December - End of March)
Sundays & Public Holidays 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Monday closed (other times by appointment)
Admission by Donation
Group Bookings are welcome

wtemus@xtra.co.nz



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ARCHIVES

The Archive houses local government documents dating from 1864 (including rate books, maps and correspondence), various business and society records, school and church indexes, photographs, Waimate Advertiser newspapers and other valuable documentary material pertaining to the Waimate district. We are situated in the Dempsey Complex and can be accessed from Innes Street or through the museum grounds. Research can be carried out by yourself in our research room or by one of our staff members.

ABOUT US



• The Waimate Historical Society was formed in 1954, when the town was celebrating its 100th year, to preserve the history of the Waimate District.

• The Museum complex is rated as a historical reserve, hosting many justice buildings (1879 Courthouse, Police Station, Jail and Stable), a pioneer’s cottage, old country school and several purpose built buildings. .

WHAT'S NEW


COLLECTIONS



• Exhibit highlights include:
* Ka Takata Whenua o Waihao - a peek at pre European Māori life in Waimate.
* The Moa exhibition recaps the discovery of Moa bones in 1895 at Arno (5km south of Waimate)
* Wāhine statue - sculpted by J McDonald for the New Zealand International Exhibition, held in Christchurch during 1906-1907.

* Douglas School, an old country school house, educating children from the Douglas Settlement, part of the Waihao Downs Estate from 1912 – 1951. Moved to the Waimate
* Wahine Statue, sculpted by J McDonald (of Wellington) for the New Zealand International Exhibition, held in Christchurch during 1906 & 1907.
Explore our collections ONLINE

MEMBERSHIP

WAIMATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY...
Want to support the work of Waimate Museum and Archives?

Become a member of the Waimate Historical Society!

You don’t need to live in Waimate to be a member- many of our members live outside Waimate.

Members receive newsletters, information about upcoming exhibitions and discount on research at the Archives.

By becoming a member you know that you are helping to keep our Museum open and that the history of Waimate is preserved for the future. Thank you!

MEMBERSHIP FORM Download a membership form here.

NEWSLETTER Download our latest newsletter here.

BOOKARAMA

WAIMATE MUSEUM BOOKARAMA
24th October to 29th October 2015
10:00 am until 4:00 pm daily.
In the Machinery Hall on Innes St. Opposite Lister Home.

Bookarama is our major fund raiser, held over Labour Weekend each year.
Donations of books, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, CD's and DVD's, children's books, and any items for the white elephant stall are gratefully received and may be left in the foyer of the museum most afternoons at any time throughout the year.

If you need help or would like someone to pick up your items, please contact the museum to arrange a suitable time.

ITEMS FOR SALE

We have a small selection of books and souvenirs for sale. Please contact the Museum office to purchase. Payment can be made by cheque, internet banking, or cash at the museum. Postage will be advised

Waimate Advertiser 100 years of Publishing - Vol 1 to 8 $25 per vol / $180 full set

Snippets from the Waimate Advertiser spanning the years – 1898 to 1952.

For other items for sale follow this link.

The Soldier and The Nurse by Joyce Cooper - $10
The stories of Irene Olorenshaw M.B.E. - Nurse, and Eric Batchelor D.C.M. and Bar - Soldier. Both Waimate Residents they served in North Africa and Italy during WW2, but their paths never crossed.

Ted's Bottle by Jim Sullivan - $8 The story behind a poignant memorial to a fallen soldier, an unopened bottle of Ballins XXXX green-label beer behind the bar in the Waihao Forks Hotel.

CONTACT US!