The Photograph Collection holds around 30,000 images. The Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust Photograph Collection is unique because it contains an almost complete representation of the Hawke’s Bay region since the beginning of European settlement.
The earliest photograph in the collection is the daguerreotype portrait of missionary and botanist, William Colenso by John Crombie. This is one of the earliest dated daguerreotypes in New Zealand. Also within the collection are a considerable number of portraits and group photographs of Māori and European. The New Zealand Wars are well represented by the Dr Spencer images of Rangiriri, Ngaruawahia and Whatawhata.
One of the major strengths of the collection is the representation of the Hawke’s Bay earthquake which occurred on 3 February 1931. This collection captures damage done to the landscape and buildings, the rebuilding of the town and how people were affected by the tragedy.
The Daily Telegraph collection contains contemporary photographs dated between 1960 -1996. These cover all aspects of Hawke’s Bay daily life.
The Photograph Collection also holds numerous photograph albums. The photographer Russell Duncan’s albums contain images of flora and fauna taken during his travels around New Zealand and the adjacent Auckland and Campbell Islands.
Find out about the Bernard Chambers Reading Room where you can access the Photograph Collection.
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We offer an all purpose built venue that uniquely combines spectacular outlooks with functional layout.
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strive to Inspire, Educate and Entertain by providing access to information through various resources within our Libraries. We aim to provide more than you expect.
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Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
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Unique Art Deco heritage has been preserved with the skilful addition of modern theatre facilities making it the best provincial performing arts centre in the nation.
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The Faraday Centre in Napier, is Hawke's Bay's Museum of Technology. It's a place of discovery where history comes alive through hands on experience.
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Located on Marine Parade, Napier, is the Bay Skate Park - home to skateboarding, BMX, roller derby, inline hockey and scootering.
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For Napier City residents and citizens to have easy access to see what council are currently working on, completed, what they do, facilities, and council information.
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Located in the Art Deco city of Napier. We have worked closely with our builders to promote and develop high quality housing within an open-aspect environment.
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Situated in the centre of Napier, in the middle of Onekawa Park, the Napier Aquatic Centre is a safe and affordable aquatic facility for everyone.
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We are Hawkes Bay's premier holiday accommodation park providing an array of facilities to keep the entire family entertained.
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Come to Par2 MiniGolf and meet Seamore the Seagull at our sea-side minigolf courses. Challenge your friends and family for a round.
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Visit the Napier i-SITE to find out more about what is happening in Hawkes Bay, from events, activities and accommodation.
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Build on the blossoming national and international interest in William Colenso's life and ideas as the result of the William Colenso Bicentenary Celebrations in Hawke's Bay in 2011, and a body of new publications and research.
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