Auckland Library Heritage Trust

Auckland Libraries’ Sir George Grey Special Collections – encompassing rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, letters and ephemera – holds our shared history in trust for the future. The collections are the raw material of stories told and yet to be told.

The Auckland Library Heritage Trust was founded in 1991. Its aim is to assist Auckland Libraries with the preservation and care of the collections and to advocate their promotion, growth and development. To date, almost $1 million has been raised by the Trust for this work.

In turn, the Libraries work to ensure the collections are made publicly available for the pleasure and knowledge of present and future generations.

Current Trustees are Colin Davis (chairperson), Christopher Parr, Dinah Holman, Judith Bassett, Mac Jackson, Max Cryer, Russell Stone and Stephanie Hollis.

For information on donating items to the Sir George Grey Special Collections, email specialcollections@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

The Auckland Libraries Heritage Trust, from left to right: Christopher Parr, Mac Jackson, Colin Davis (Chair), Jane Wild (Acting Manager Heritage and Research), His Excellency Lieutenant General of NZ Sir Jerry Mateparae, Allison Dobbie (Manager Libraries and Information) and Judith Bassett.  

The Auckland Libraries Heritage Trust, from left to right: Christopher Parr, Mac Jackson, Colin Davis (Chair), Jane Wild (Acting Manager Heritage and Research), His Excellency Lieutenant General of NZ Sir Jerry Mateparae, Allison Dobbie (Manager Libraries and Information) and Judith Bassett.  

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Did you know?

The first item printed in New Zealand was a small six-page booklet in Māori,  Ko te Katekihama III (The Third Catechism). It was printed at Kerikeri in 1830 by Rev. William Yate. Only two copies survive, one in Special Collections at Auckland City Libraries, the other at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.