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Welcome to The Presbyterian Research Centre (Archives):

Our collections document the life and work of the Presbyterian Church in Aotearoa New Zealand including :

  • The General Assembly & General Assembly Committees
  • Parishes and Presbyteries from around New Zealand
  • Foreign, Home & Maori Missions
  • Local and National Presbyterian Women's and Youth organizations
  • Knox Theological Hall and School of Ministry
  • The Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland
  • The Otago Foundation Trust Board
  • Knox College
  • The personal papers of Ministers and prominent Presbyterian Laymen and Women from throughout New Zealand
  • A large collection of Photographs, Lantern slides, Slides, Cine film, Audio/Video tapes and Plans

We welcome additional information and donations of Presbyterian records, including Parish newsletters & histories, Ministerial papers & sermons, diaries, letters, calls, reports, photographs and negatives, slides, videos, cine film, and ephemera.



The Presbyterian Research Centre (Archives) is a National Agency of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, and it is affiliated with the Hewitson Library.




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We are located in the Hewitson Centennial wing at Knox College.

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Latest News and Updates :

Our intern for the second semester of 2018 is Connie Hyslop, a history student at the University of Otago researching the Chinese refugee families who came to New Zealand after the Japanese invasion of China in the late 1930s, and the role of the New Zealand Presbyterian church in bringing the refugee families to New Zealand. You can read Connie's article, Fleeing Canton: Aotearoa's Welcome on our Treasures blog.

Visit our Treasures blog to read the article by our University of Otago intern for 2017, Sashika Hendry, where she has produced a resource for the encounter between women in India and the women of the New Zealand Presbyterian Mission to India. 19 October 2017

Please refer to our Blog (link above or at left) for recent news and articles concerning the Archives including topical items of interest from elsewhere which you may enjoy reading.

Looking for Presbyterian history books? Visit our Book Sale.

Photo Galleries :

Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

To view our collection of Photo Galleries please click on the above image of "Canvas Camp" at Featherston Military Camp dated 1917. 17 October 2014




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