Central Auckland:

Parnell Heritage

About Parnell Heritage

We are the newest historical group in New Zealand yet represent the oldest suburb established in New Zealand! Yes, we are the enthusiasts who are keen to record the rich history of New Zealand's first suburban land (25 lots were created and sold by the New Zealand Government 1 September 1841). One of those lots was brought by Robert Tod and he subdivided his three acres into 36 allotments and called it the "Village of Parnell". From those humble beginnings the name Parnell has spread over a wide area of inner Auckland city. Our goal is to help document details about the people and place so that future generations can also learn about the amazing number of historical personalities and activities that have taken place in the area. 

We only started in September 2004 but have great plans and have received wonderful support from other historic groups. We are planning on holding bimonthly meetings in the historic buildings within Parnell. At the moment we have no "home", no money and no paid up members! However, with 33 people attending our first official meeting it looks like it won't be long till we are well organised and everyone can join in the fun of learning and sharing details of Parnell. 

If you have any paintings, photographs, postcards or memorabilia on Parnell which you would like to share with us please do so. The Parnell Library has kindly offered to house any donated archival material until we have our own display area and "home". 

Mark your diaries now - 10 September 2005 is when we will host the annual gathering of the Auckland-Waikato historical societies belonging to the New Zealand Federation of Historical Societies. Further details will follow. See you there. 


Contact Details:
Mail : Kate Tolmie-Bowden, 4 Takutai Street, Parnell. 
Phone : 09-336 1510
Email : Click here.
Website : to be established 


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