Wanganui District Council Wanganui spreads along the lower reaches of the Whanganui River

Wanganui District Council Archives

Who can use the Archives?

District Council staff and members of the public use the Council Archives. The records are public documents and so are available to any member of the public for research purposes.

Genealogists, historians, students, business people and anyone with an interest in the history of the region and its people may find useful information in the Council Archives.

There may be some access restrictions on items which contain personal or confidential information, or which are in a fragile condition.

What is in the archives?

The collection contains records from the following organisations:

Brunswick Cemetery Trustees 1895-1938
Brunswick Hall Committee 1923-1979
Brunswick Weed Control Group 1975-1976
Castlecliff Domain Board 1918-1953
Castlecliff Linking Group 1999-2002
Castlecliff Town Board 1909-1924
Cooks Gardens Board of Control 1897-1903
Cooks Gardens Trust Board 1993-1998
David Peat Park Trustees 1911-1937
Gonville and Castlecliff Tramway Board 1911-1924
Gonville Domain Board 1913-1953
Gonville Town Board 1907-1924
Hospitality Wanganui 1968-1989
Hydatid Control Committee 1959-1965
Kai Iwi Town Hall Committee 1910-1937
Kaitoke Road Board 1892-1913
Kaukatea Road Board 1893-1914
Landguard Domain Board 1933-1953
Makirikiri Licensing Committee 1882-1892
Mangamahu Domain Board 1950-1968
Mangamahu Road Board 1909-1913
Mangawhero Road Board 1884-1917
Mataongaonga Road Board 1901-1909
Maxwell Hall Committee 1938-1964
Mowhanau Domain Board 1907-1920
Naturally Wanganui 1987-1989
New Zealand Counties Association (Ward 4) 1946-1989
New Zealand Institute of County Clerks 1967-1988
Nukumaru Domain Board 1895-1989
Otamatea Community Town Council 1959-1989
Purua Road Board 1893-1912
Putiki Community Council 1955-1989
Queens Park Domain Board 1883-1953
Rapanui Hall Committee 1939-1953
River City Contractors Ltd 1994-1998
Road Stone Quarries Ltd 1996-1998
Sinking Fund Commissioners (City Council) 1901-1963
Trustees of the Wanganui General Cemetery 1863-1915
Upper Wangaehu Road Board 1883-1918
Waitotara County Council 1884-1988
Waitotara, Patea, Waverley Hydatids Authority 1959-1988
Wangaehu Highway Board/District 1872-1886
Wanganui and Rangitikei General Road Board 1870-1871
Wanganui and Waitotara Highway District Board 1872-1884
Wanganui Beach Society 1963-2003
Wanganui Borough/City Council 1872-1989
Wanganui County Council 1876-1988
Wanganui County Council 1988-1989
Wanganui District Council 1989-2005
Wanganui District Council Holdings Ltd 2001-2002
Wanganui East/Eastbrook Borough Council 1907-1912
Wanganui Harbour Board 1876-1988
Wanganui Health Task Force 1995-1996
Wanganui Industrial Promotion Council 1961-1972
Wanganui Regional Planning Council 1946-1970
Wanganui Sister City Association 1988-1999
Wanganui Town Board 1862-1872
Westmere Public Hall Committee 1903-1958
Williams Domain Board 1923-1953

The kinds of records found in the WDC Archives include:

  • Minute books and other meeting papers
  • Correspondence files
  • Rate books and valuation rolls
  • Survey plans
  • Engineering plans
  • Town planning records
  • Permit and licence records
  • Electoral rolls
  • Photographs (including aerials)
  • Accounts records
  • Port statistics
  • Harbour soundings records
  • Employee records
  • Bylaws

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The Archivist
Wanganui District Council
101 Guyton Street
PO Box 637

Phone: 06 349 0001
Fax: 06 349 0000
Email: Archives

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Map of Borough c 1902
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