Lakes District Museum

Archives - A mine of information - Available Resources

It is appropriate that the Lakes District Museum is built around the original Bank of New Zealand. While originally the repository of gold for hard working miners, the Bank now is the repository of information on the region’s past.

Researching at the Lakes District Museum is a pleasurable task in our purpose-built archives facility. Not only do we have access to a significant range of resources for a small museum and a sophisticated computer search system to access our archives; when you need a break, you can gaze out the window at the beautiful mountains that attract so many to the area.

Please note: access to the archives is by appointment only.

Resources available for researchers include:

  • Lake Wakatip Mail  1885 – 1939
  • Mountain Scene (1973 – present)
  • The Mirror (1987 – present)
  • Otago Goldfields Newspaper Index covering the period 1863 – 1900.
  • Extensive biographical resources: including births, deaths and marriages
  • Cemetery records: Queenstown, Skippers, Arrowtown, Cardrona, Glenorchy, Kingston
  • Family Files: Extensive files are held on over 400 Wakatipu families
  • School registers: Arrowtown, Lower Shotover, Gibbston, Macetown, Queenstown
  • Queenstown Courier (the Queenstown District Historical Society)
  • Otago and Southland Presbyterian Marriages 1848 - 1920
  • Catholic Marriages in Otago and Southland 1855 – 1920
  • Bankruptcies in New Zealand 1881 – 1940
  • New Zealand River Drownings 1840 – 1887
  • Deceased Estates 1866 – 1900
  • Stones Otago & Southland Directory –various years
  • McKay’s Directory – various years from 1863

Along with plenty of other goodies for researchers to sink their teeth into!
Please the archives to make an appointment to undertake your research.