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People, Preservation, Promotion

Since 1952 members of the Tauranga Historical Society have worked to preserve, interpret, and promote the historical and cultural heritage for the people of Tauranga.

One aspect is the responsibility for the management, preservation and display of the Brain Watkins House Museum, which is open to the public on Sundays from 2-4 p.m.  Closed Christmas Day.  The house and contents were bequeathed to the Society by Mrs. Elva Brain Watkins in 1979 and they tell the story of Tauranga through the lives of a prominent middle class family who occupied the house for nearly 100 years.  Part of the collection can be viewed on

Members of the Society take part in guiding visitors through the house, caring for the collection, and maintaining the garden.  Monthly meetings with a speaker on a historical topic are held from April to November.  In March a popular Garden Party with music, stalls and teas attracts a big crowd each year.
The Society contributes to the Bay of Plenty Historic Review which is published in May and November each year. It is included in the subscription to the Society of $35 for individuals and $40 for couples. New members are always welcome.

Tauranga Historical Society Inc
233 Cameron Road
PO Box 112, Tauranga 3140    
Phone: 07 578 1835

Julie Green

Kevin Hamm

Tauranga Historical Society - Brain Watkins House Museum

Brain Watkins House Museum
Photo: Tauranga Historical Society, 2005

Tauranga Historical Society - Cloche hat from collection
Cloche hat from the collection
Photo: Tauranga Historical Society, 2006
Tauranga Historical Society - fundraising at 2009 Garden Party
Fundraising at 2009's Garden Party
Photo: Tauranga Historical Society, 2009

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