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Akaroa Mail

Akaroa Museum has a complete run of the Akaroa Mail, beginning with the first issue published on 21/07/1876.

This newspaper is available digitally between the years 1877 to 1939 on the National Library's website Papers Past. Researchers needing to access the years 1876 or 1940 onwards may utilise the museum's collection by appointment.

Local government collections

Within the museum's archives are minute books, letter books, statements of accounts, and lists of ratepayers related to the Akaroa Borough Council, Akaroa County Council, and the four Roads Boards [PDF 30KB].

Maps, photographs and pictures

A variety of historic maps, charts and plans are held by the museum. The photograph collection contains a large number of identified individual and group portraits, and also photographs of particular buildings, locations and occasions. 

A smaller collection of paintings may also provide a useful record. Staff can usually supply a date or date range for individual photographs.

Researchers may request a digital copy for a standard fee although copyright restrictions may apply. Additional fees apply when publishing images of Akaroa Museum collections for commercial purposes.

Reference library

Published and unpublished books, articles, theses and family histories related to Banks Peninsula.


School rolls and attendance registers for the following schools:

  • Akaroa primary and high schools (1875 to1967)
  • Pigeon Bay School (1880 to 2002)
  • Takamatua School (1876 to 1936)
  • Kukupa School (1878 to 1949)
  • Holmes Bay School (1935 to 1943)
  • Flea Bay School (1903 to 1908, 1919)
  • Robinsons Bay (1935 to 1937)
  • Duvauchelle School (1883 to 1979)

School reunion records, school photographs, teaching diaries, and other associated material also accompany some of these archives.