Goodwin Cottage refreshed
When you see an old building with peeling paint you think no one cares, but Foundation North do,
and so with heartfelt thanks to them we now have a heritage cottage looking very smart and cared
for, beautifully painted by Graeme O’Brien whose family has a long history with our island.
Some of our volunteers have been working hard to refresh the interior, with new furniture and
items on display. Come have a look!
No more swimming in the mud...
Thanks to some generous funding from the Waiheke Local Board, there is now a fully-concreted
path from the carpark to the Museum buildings. Even in our soggy weather, you can now visit the Museum
with dry feet.
Public events and news
Live Heritage Day
Thanks to all who came! The Museum held a Live Heritage Day on Sunday, 21 October 2018. Fun for the family —
old crafts such as spinners & weavers, a farrier, and vintage machines. Stay tuned for the next one!
Our lawns are looking great
Thanks to Ange Melville of Waiheke Time, who has donated her own time to keep our lawns in shape. If you need lawn work, think of Ange (021 580 724, firstname.lastname@example.org) — or drop by the Museum to see her fine work!
The History Quiz
That’s right — a trivia quiz with
no science, no rugby, no Hollywood! We plan on making it a regular
event for the Historical Society. Members and non-members welcome.
Wharf2Wharf Fun Run
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Once again, our Museum provided water to passing runners. A fun time was had by all! Mark your calendars for the next Fun Run on Saturday, 9 March 2019.
Dixie Day’s book Waiheke Pioneers, the standard reference for early European
settlement on Waiheke, finally has an index — after 25 years! The index can be purchased at the Museum for $4 if you
already have the book, or $3 if you purchase the book too.
Annual General Meeting
was held on Sunday, 22 April 2018, at 2PM at the Museum.
Speaker: Peter Young, who runs the Waiheke Vintage & Historic Photos page on Facebook.
Read the minutes.
New members always welcome!
Newsletters & Minutes
History of the Society
How to join
For history buffs
Early History of Waiheke Island
A missionary on Waiheke Island in 1849
A visit to Waiheke Island in 1858
A Belgian city in Rocky Bay?
Surfdale memories from the 1940s
The Waiheke Fun-Map (1948)
The 1922 subdivision of the Matiatia-Oneroa Estate
1881 electoral roll
1893 women’s electoral roll
The following are coming soon:
Waiheke land owners in 1914
Directory of Waiheke residents in 1948
The Museum of Waiheke
and Historic Village
Experience a slice of Old Waiheke at the Waiheke Museum and Historic Village.
- A reconstructed woolshed housing the Museum’s main exhibits
- A 1930s-style island cottage (Day Cottage) that can be used as a meeting room
- Three small bach-style houses (Champion,
Keane, and Goodwin cottages)
with period rooms and photo exhibits
- A working, manually-operated telephone exchange
- The original Waiheke jail
- Being developed: The Taonga Heritage Gardens
- Maori artifacts, a wool press, a whale-oil cauldron, a player piano, and even a fine old long-drop toilet! (No, not in actual use; we have modern ones for visitors.)
The Museum is located at 165 Onetangi Straight, Waiheke Island, and is open from noon to 4:00 PM on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holiday Mondays, all year round. Entry is by donation; we suggest $3 per person.
How to find us
Take a tour of the Museum buildings
The aerial view below is courtesy of Google Maps. Click on any building for more information.