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Who We Are
An umbrella organisation and advocate for heritage organisations, to identify, protect and promote the heritage of the Franklin and surrounding districts so that the people of the area can better acknowledge and appreciate their history today and share it with others in the future.
Meeting dates: Last Wednesday of the month usually in Pukekohe.

Secretary: Christine Madsen 09 238 9063
Chairperson: Eric Muir 09 238 9081

Our Members:

Te Kauwhata & Districts Historical Society
C/- PO Box 45, Te Kauwhata, 3741
Secretary: Bronwen Simmonds
Ph: 07 826 3220
Description: Oversees the 'Settlers Museum' in Homestead Rise, Apatrangi, Te Kauwhata.
Open: 1-4pm Sundays in February and March. Otherwise by arrangement.
Meeting dates: 3:00pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Tuakau & Districts Museum Society Inc
10 Liverpool Street, Tuakau. PO Box 74, Tuakau 2342
Contact: Keith Brasell (President), and Sandra Brasell (Secretary) phone 236 8785
Janet Pates for Alexandra Redoubt 09 236 9025
Facebook: Tuakau and District Mmuseum
Description: District museum and Alexandra Redoubt
Open Thursday 9:30 – noon. Sunday 1:00 – 3:30 pm. Also by arrangement
Meeting dates: As required.

Franklin Historical Society Inc of New Zealand
Contact: Brien Golding Phone: 09 2389649
E mail:
Museum: Pukekohe Pioneer Cottage, Roulston Park, Stadium Drive, Pukekohe.
Open: 1st and 3rd Sunday's 12noon to 3.30pm or by arrangement.
Monthly meetings with guest speakers.

Mangatangi Historical Group
2029 Miranda Rd, RD3, Pokeno 2473
Contact: Murray Reid, ph: 09 232 7247 or Kath Banks, ph: 09 232 7888
Meeting dates: Second Wednesday of each month 1:30pm

Queens Redoubt Trust
C/- 40 Isabella Drive, Pukekohe 2120
Ph: 09 239 2049
Contact: Ian Barton – Secretary /Treasurer. Neville Richie, Chairman. Hugh & Rae Ross, Trustees
Visitor Centre and Library at Queens Redoubt (Pokeno). Open on Sundays or by arrangement.
Meeting dates: As required

Mercer Arts & History Museum
7 Roose Road, Mercer, Huntly, Hamilton, Waikato 2474
Description: Situated by the Waikato River, opposite Mercer Cheese & beside the Pioneer gun turret & war memorial, the museum has much of interest regarding life in Mercer in the pioneering days, including transport on the river, rail at Mercer, rowing over the years and industries of the area e g logging, flax mills, saw mills, sand dredging and coal plants. The museum is a celebration of life in Mercer with wonderful photographic display and slide show. So pack a picnic to have by the river and come and visit us soon.
Contact: Penny Twiss, ph: 022 426 3703 or Jeanette Thomas, ph: 027 496 5759
Open: Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 2pm. Other times by arrangement.

Rangiriri Heritage Centre
12 Rangiriri Rd, Rangiriri, RD2, Te Kawhata 3782
Contact: Brad Totorewa phone: 07 826 3667
Description: The Rangiriri Cultural & Heritage Museum provides an insight to the 1863 invasion of Waikato. The Museum has artefacts and memorabilia that represents a period where the Waikato people, neighbouring hapuu and Iwi from around Aotearoa chose to resist the brutal power of the imperial forces. The cultural Centre is managed by Ngaati Naho one of the principal hapuu from the Rangiriri area. Our cafe environment features local Māori Art and home-made cooking.
Open: For bookings 6 days a week, Tuesday - Sundays, 8am - 3:30pm

Hamilton Waikato Museum Trail Guide
Contact: Christine Madsen – owner
Description: A unique collection of memorabilia dating from the 1863 Battle of Rangiriri. Watch our DVD and visit the cemetery opposite, Te Whero's Redoubt and the nearby Pa where the battle was fought.
Open:7 days through café; ph: 07 826 3667

The Karaka Historical Society Inc
Contact: Lois - 09 2948107 or Fraser- 09 2927801
E mail:
Description: The Karaka Historical Society was formed in 1997 with the objective of preserving the history of the area. This small group of volunteers, from the wider Karaka community, have taken the Karaka Museum from humble beginnings under the stage of the War Memorial Hall to the modern, purpose built Museum now located alongside the hall on Blackbridge Rd.
Collection: Farming equipment, tools, maps and photographs. Household items, war artefacts and memorabilia. Family histories, musical instruments, toys, clothing, handwork and the histories of St Margaret's Church, Karaka and Te Hihi Schools.
Open: 2nd Sunday of each month from 1 – 3pm
4th Wednesday of each month from 10am to 12 noon.
Other times by appointment.

Pukekohe East Church Preservation Society Inc
95 Runciman Rd, Pukekohe East.
Ph: 09 2383797, 0272724007
Contact: Tom Brownlee
Description: The P.E. Church is a category II Historic Place. Built in 1863 by early settler families. It was the site of an attack by 200 Maori Warriors at the beginning of the War in the Waikato. Defended by 9 settler/volunteers, 10 special Constables and one trained officer. The outline of the trench dug outside the wooden stockade is still clearly visible and bullet holes still remain in the woodwork. Local family history collections.
Open: Various Open Days throughout the year, otherwise, by request.
Meeting dates: As required.

Awhitu Peninsular Historical Society Inc
C/o the secretary Julie Williams
Ph: 09 235 1126
Description: Collection of local Awhitu archives
Open: By appointment

Rangipo Pa Site and Museum
729 East Coast Rd, Kaiaua (2km south of Kaiaua township)
Postal: C/- 11 Crescent Rd, Parnell, Auckland 1052
Description: Private Museum
Ph: 021 358 520
Description: Housed in an old woolshed, the museum has over 600 Maori and European hand tools, local Kaiaua, Miranda and Maori historical information. A road to the Pa site provides stunning views.
Open: Only private bookings are available.

Patumahoe History Group
Description: Digitised collection of Patumahoe history photos etc. Historical information relating to the Patumahoe area including school archives and photos, early settlers of the Eveline and Dauntless ships of the Waikato Immigration Scheme. All information is stored on Google Drive. Access by invitation.
Contact: Kay Carter 09 236 3809, Howard Upfold 09 238 89970

Waiuku Museum Inc.
13 King Street, Waiuku
Ph: 09 235 8698 when open, or 09 235 3822 after hours.
Contact: Richard Garvey - President
Description: Waiuku Museum was established almost 50 years ago in the old Waiuku Fire Station. Over the years the collection has been maintained by volunteers. The museum offers a pioneer experience with permanent and changing displays of Maori and early Colonial artefacts reflecting the areas maritime and agricultural past. There is also a collection of historical buildings including Harmann House, Pollock Cottage, Maioro School, a dairy, lock-up and old Anglican vestry. Genealogical resources include Intentions to Marry, family information and family books.
Opening hours: Wed 10- 12, Sat and Sun 1.30 - 4pm. Other times by arrangement

Clevedon & Districts Historical Society
c/o McNichol Rd, Clevedon.
Ph: 09 292 8812
Web site:
Description: McNichol Homestead Museum. An 1880's restored homestead and garden of the McNichol family. Enjoy a picnic in the grounds. Take a step back in time and see what Clevedon was like from the 1800s until today. Visit the display rooms within the homestead.
Open: Saturdays and Sunday 1-4pm. Other times by arrangement.

Franklin Vintage Machinery Club
90 Beach Road, Papakura 2113
Contact: Ian Robb, ph: 027 571 1232


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