Contacts & Membership


New members are always welcome at the Canterbury History Foundation.  Contact the Secretary on 03-355-7402 or write to PO Box 36766 Christchurch for more information. Annual subscription is $50. Life membership $500.

Useful Contacts

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Canterbury History Teachers’ Association

Christchurch Civic Trust, PO Box 1927, Christchurch

Christchurch Vintage Home Restorers’ Group, c- Mayo Orthuys, ph (03) 326-5494

Cotter Medical History Trust, PO Box 2301, Christchurch

Diamond Harbour & Districts Historical Association Inc, PO Box 28, Diamond Harbour

Friends of Ferrymead Fraternity, c- Phillip Cooke, email Promotes the aims of Ferrymead Heritage Park, and staffs properties at weekends.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens.  To help promote, support, and develop the Botanic Gardens

Friends of the Ngaio Marsh House.

Friends of the Nurses’ Memorial Chapel, PO Box 33-357, Christchurch

Friends of the Rose Chapel, PO Box 24-025, Christchurch

Friends of the Theatre Royal.

Merivale Precinct Society.  Concerned with issues affecting Merivale, including protection of heritage buildings.

Methodist Church Archives:

New Zealand Family History Society, PO Box 13301, Christchurch

Papanui Heritage Group, c- Lorna Garden, ph (03) 352-9864

Styx History Group, c- Dennis Hills, email

Sumner-Redcliffs Historical Society, c- Mrs M O Rule, ph (03) 384-1159

Sydenham Heritage Trust, c- Jennie Hamilton, ph (03) 980-3254; email Supporting ongoing preservation of the Sydenham Methodist Church.


Akaroa Civic Trust

Ashburton Aviation Museum Society, ph (03) 308-3262

Ashburton Museum and Historical Society, PO Box 94, Ashburton

Ashburton Railway and Preservation Society, ph (03) 308-9600

Barrhill-Corwar Lodge Preservation Society, ph (03) 302-1833

Burke’s PassHeritage Trust Preserving St Patrick’s Church

Cust and Districts Historical Records Society Inc., PO Box 110, Cust, or email Adminsters Cust Museum.

Diamond Harbour and Districts Historical Association, c- Margaret Scott, email

Dunsandel Historic Society, c- Mike Noonan, Maintains a mini-museum in the new Community Centre.

Ellesmere Historical Society, c- Roger Gilbert, email

Geraldine Historical Society, c- Mrs M A Wormer, ph (03) 693-9182. Administers local museum.

Glentunnel Historical Society, c- Tony Airs, PO Box 23, RD1, Coalgate 7673,   ph (03) 318-2423

Godley Head Heritage Trust, c- Lynne Lochhead, email

Governor’s Bay Heritage Trust, PO Box 228, Lyttelton

Heritage Mid-Canterbury, c/o Julie Luxton, 027 303 8834.

Homebush Historical Society, c- Louise Deans, email

Hororata Historical Society. Looks after Cotons Cottage.

Kaiapoi District Historical Society, c- Sue McKenzie, ph (03) 359-5165. Administers the Kaiapoi Museum

Kowai Archives, c- Avis Wilson, ph (03) 313-3220. Kowai County Council building, Balcairn

Lincoln and Districts Historical Society,    Looks after the Liffey Cottage and Pioneer Hall

Methven Historical Society, c- Mrs M Martin, ph (03) 302-4615

Mid-Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club, ph (03) 308-4254

Norwich Quay Historic Precinct Society, c- Jenny Betts, ph (03) 326-6801. Aims to improve the environment of Norwich Quay and promote the maritime heritage of Lyttelton

Pleasant Point Railway and Historical Society, c- Marian Blanchard, email

Prebbleton Historical Society, c- Daphne McAven, email,nz

Project Port Lyttelton, c- Wendy Everingham, email A Main Street Project devoted to the preservation, promotion and enhancement of Lyttelton and the surrounding area.

Rangiora and Districts Early Records Society, c- Mrs P M Mackintosh, email Runs a small local museum.

Selwyn District Historical Society, c- Colin Watson, email

Springburn Historical and Geological Centre Society, c- Alan Totty  03-3030708

St Mary’s Restoration Trust, Anglican Centre, 24 Church Street, Timaru

Stoddart Cottage Trust, c- Diane Hosted, email Aims to restore and preserve the birthplace of artist Margaret Stoddart at Diamond Harbour.

Temuka and Districts Historical Society, c- ph (03) 615-7890. Administers local museum.

Timaru Civic Trust, c- Gwynwth Sides, ph (03) 684-3743

Timaru Historic Society, c- Jeff Elston, ph (03) 684-6704

Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society, PO Box 19-659, Christchurch 8030. Operates the historic tug; harbour cruises and charters.

Waimate Historical Society, c- email Administers local museum

Waipara County Historical Society, c- Bob McIlraith, ph (03) 314-4088. Administers local museum in Hawarden.


Alexander Turnbull Library, PO Box 12349, Wellington.

Antarctic Aviation Preservation Society, Dedicated to the recovery and display of items of Antarctic aviation history

National Archives

New Zealand Society of Genealogists

Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa (PHANZA). Promotes the research, recording and preservation of history by qualified historians.