Collections

Photographs - Māpihi mauria

Explore over 8,000 images from the Photograph Collection.

The Photograph Collection holds over 30,000 images and contains an almost complete representation of the Hawke’s Bay region since the beginning of European settlement. The earliest photograph is the daguerreotype portrait of missionary and botanist, William Colenso by John Crombie. Also within the collection are a considerable number of portraits and group photographs of Māori and European. The New Zealand Wars are well represented by the Dr Spencer images of Rangiriri, Ngaruawahia and Whatawhata. One of the major strengths of the collection is the representation of the Hawke’s Bay earthquake which occurred on 3 February 1931. The Daily Telegraph collection contains contemporary photographs dated between 1960 -1996.
Archives - Tātai kōrero

The Archive of the Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust contains unique documents relating to Hawke’s Bay’s past and New Zealand history.

Many of the items are of national and regional significance. These include the William Colenso collection of letters, pamphlets and diaries; Hawke’s Bay earthquake archives and the Whitmore Papers relating to the East Coast campaign of the New Zealand Wars. There are also items that relate to wider New Zealand.

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