Exhibitions and Events



'Thirteen Ships' - The Waikato Immigration Scheme 1864-1865

During the eight months from October 1864 to June 1865, around 4,000 immigrants arrived at Auckland having been tempted by the offer of free land. The majority settled in the wider Papakura and Franklin District.


Relating to the 150th Anniversary of the
Waikato Immigration Scheme


Wednesday 25th March, An Evening with Dr M A Smith
'Waikato Immigration Scheme Settlers of Papakura and Franklin'

Join Michelle at 6:30 p.m., as she talks on this interesting subject.
Venue: Meeting Room adjacent to the Papakura Library
Refreshments provided.
To help with our planning please indicate your interest in attending:


Sunday 29th March, Clevedon & District Historical Society
Passengers from the 'Viola', which arrived 4 April 1865, largely took up land in Wairoa/Clevedon and the Kirikiri Block (Opaheke), Papakura.
Events marking the 150th anniversary include Church Services, Cemetery Walks, and a special afternoon at McNicol Homestead.
(Click here for full programme and contact details)


Cemetery Tours: March to June 2015

Papakura Cemetery with Michelle Smith.
Learn about the lives and deaths of some of the individuals that arrived in 1865 and settled on ten acre blocks in the area we now call Opaheke. The 'Viola' and the 'Resolute', both of which sailed from Scotland, are well represented on the 'Presbyterian hill', while passengers from other ships are scattered throughout the cemetery.
(Click here for dates and times)

Ramarama & Drury with Kara Oosterman
Pratt's Road, Ramarama - the old Maketu, Catholic Cemetery
Almost all of the burials in this cemetery link to the Waikato Immigration Scheme in one way or another. The Pratt family itself is well represented. Theophilus Pratt and his wife Eliza having arrived, from Ireland, on the 'Ganges', aka 'the death ship'. Members of Irish catholic families from the Cape Colony can also be found.
Drury Presbyterian Cemetery, Great South Road, Drury
Those who wish to can then spend a short time at the Presbyterian Cemetery, Drury, where more Waikato immigrants are buried. Information on connected graves at St John's Anglican Church, Norrie Street, will also be provided.
(Click here for dates and times)

COMING SOON: Exhibition dates to be confirmed.

AS WE SAW IT: Letters to and from the Front, WWI

Featuring a collection of postcards, letters, diaries, and official war correspondence written to and from New Zealand and the military camps, leave destinations, hospitals and battle fields of the First World War.Letters from the front relay the experiences of local soldiers who left New Zealand's shores on what they thougfht would be a great adventure. Letters from home tell the stories of the families and loved ones they left behind. Photographs and personal memorabilia accompany the letters.

  Postcard: Albert Brown Collection



'Fallen Soldiers' Project and Competition

For schools throughout Papakura District.
A joint project with the Papakura WW100 Commemorations Committee

Focusing on the 100 individual fallen soldiers named on six local War Memorials:
Alfriston-Brookby; Ardmore; Clevedon; Drury-Runciman;
Manurewa; and Papakura-Karaka.

For more information please refer to Schools tab





The Museum has produced a set of four
quality postcards featuring scenes from Papakura's past.

$4.00 per set.

These can be purchased via our
reception desk.




Over the years several well researched and well written books  covering the history of Papakura have been published.

Others have focused on churches, schools, sports clubs, and societies and been published in connection with centenaries or other milestones.

Please click here [link coming soon] for details on availability and our current specials.

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