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The Mangere Historical Society was formed in 1982 to collect and preserve the history of the Mangere area: Mangere Bridge, Mangere Central, Mangere East, Middlemore, Favona, Ihumatao and Pukaki.


Meetings are held in the St James Church Hall, Church Road, Mangere Bridge, 1.30pm on the third Tuesday of each month. All welcome.


The society’s archives room at Mangere Town Centre (behind the library and next to the CAB) is open to the public Mondays 10.00 am–1.00 pm. A photocopier and scanner are available. For assistance, phone Judith Wilson on 021 054 7154, or email:

Some of the society’s photographs can be seen on the Auckland Libraries Footprints database and Digital New Zealand. The society also reports selected holdings on the Community Archive and NZ Museums websites.


The society’s newsletter is issued five times a year. The following books are available for sale: Celebrating Mangere Bridge (2005), Watea to Airport: A Community that Was (2005) and Gone but Not Forgotten [Mangere Hospital and Training Centre] (2010).

Mangere Historical Society

Janet Presland, 54 Taylor Road, Mangere Bridge
Phone: 09 636 8386

Val Payne, 58 Church Road, Mangere Bridge
Phone: 09 636 9261

The Elsie at Ascot, ca 1905

The Elsie at Ascot, ca 1905

Mangere Bridge, ca 1910

Mangere Bridge, ca 1910

Mangere Bridge School, ca 1910

Mangere Bridge School, ca 1910

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