The images used above are courtesy of the Whanganui Regional Museum

All requests for information from the Whanganui District Council Collection must be made to the Whanganui District Council Archives. Separate charges apply, as set by the Whanganui District Council.

The records of the Council date back to 1862 when the Wanganui Town Board was formed. In 1872 the Wanganui Borough Council was created from the Board. In turn the borough became a City Council in 1924 and in the local government reorganisation of the 1980s the City Council amalgamated with the Wanganui County Council to form the present District Council.

The WDC Collection contains the records of the Council and numerous predecessor organisations such as the County Councils, Road Boards, Town Boards and Domain Boards that operated within the current Council Boundaries from 1862-1989.

 The types of records found in the WDC Archives include:

  • Minute books and other meeting papers
  • Correspondence files
  • Rate books and valuation rolls
  • Survey plans
  • Engineering plans
  • Town planning records
  • Electoral rolls
  • Photographs (including aerials)
  • Accounts records
  • Employee records
  • Bylaws

Requesting Information

The WDC Collection is stored at the Whanganui District Council Archives, which is based on the corner of Watt Street and Cameron Terrace, Wanganui. Access is by appointment only. When requesting information please ensure you have noted the reference number, title and date of the entries you are interested in, and clearly state what information you are hoping to locate. Please note that some material may be too fragile to copy.

Whanganui District Council Archives


Located:179 St Hill Street, Whanganui
Open:By appointment only
Phone:(06) 349 0001
Email:Archives
Postal:PO Box 637, Wanganui 4540
Website:Whanganui District Council Archives
Council Website:Whanganui District Council

Random Image from the Archive

Untitled. Shows scenes of loading rock on to a barge upriver, and of unloading in the harbour for building the mole. (1 of 6).

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