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Pandora's Box (1990-1997) - last updated 17 Oct 2014

Records received by Archives NZ prior to 1985 were arranged into 'record groups' and this collection is organised in the same way. Lists of archives held for each record group are kept in binders and these can be ordered through Archway via the agency code ARNZ. Most of the same general agency information can be found in Archway via the "more information" buttons.

Useful resources for 19th Century NZ records Last updated 19 February 2017
Ships mentioned in "The New Zealand Genealogist" 1970-2015

NZC New Zealand Company
See Separate Listing Last updated 14 August 2017

Australasian Joint Copying Project
AJCP 3828 58th Regiment Muster Roll 01 Apr to 30 Jun 1846 and History of the Regiment

Taranaki Education Board
ABDU W3570 1/1 Series 1 Listing of School Examination Schedules 1879, 1883-1896

Surveyor Field Notebooks
ABWN W5817 24474 Box 11 No.37 Hutt Valley References 1844-1845

Wellington Land Deeds Registers
AFIH 22395 W5691 Item 100 No.1 1845-1851 at www.lynly.gen.nz
AFIH 22396 W5691 Item 101 No.2 1851-1858
AFIH 22396 W5691 Item 102 No.3 1849-1858 at www.lynly.gen.nz
AFIH 22396 W5691 Item 103 No.4 1859-1862

Canterbury Land Index
CAYN 23298 CH1032/276-277 and 288 1853-1864 and Notes

AD Army Department
AD 1 1865/1127 Robert Reid Parris reports to the Native Minister Apr 1865
AD 1 1865/1577 Return of Courts Martial, Taranaki Military Settlers May 1865
AD 1 1865/2271 James McKenna, No.4 Company, Taranaki Military Settlers
AD 1 1865/2456 Captain Carthew's 58 unserviceable rifles - No.4 Company TMS
AD 1 1865/3564 Taranaki Military Settlers - wives & children arriving via the 'Wild Duck'
AD 1 1865/3902 Opunake Roadway Construction
AD 1 1866/0928 Taranaki Military Settler Commissions
AD 1 1866/1291 Captains Livesay & Harris 43rd Regt report to General Chute
AD 1 1866/1779 John Wilkinson, Interpreter December 1865
AD 1 1866/4905 Taranaki Military Settlers - State of Surveys Jul-Sep 1865
AD 1 1867/4410 Opunake Hut Construction for Troops
AD 1 1868/4376 Hutt Cadets
AD 1 1868/4522 Resignation of Lieutenant Henry Braithwaite
AD 1 1868/4648 Report on Hutt Stockades
AD 1 1870/1020 Tender of services to form a Wainuiomata Volunteer Corps
AD 1 1871/599 Erection of Telegraph between Umuroa and Warea to be delayed
AD 1 1872/1603 Account of Whatino Skirmish 01 Jun 1865

AD 3/3 and 3/4 Inwards Correspondence Register 1866 Entries in Archway 4147
AD 3/5 Inwards Correspondence Register 1868 Entries in Archway 3872
AD 3/6 Inwards Correspondence Register 1869 Entries in Archway 6567
AD 31/8/8/1 Otago Contingent Taranaki Military Settlers
AD 31/8/8/2 Melbourne Contingent Taranaki Military Settlers
AD 31/9/9b Crown Grants to be issued to the Forces at Patea
AD 32/71 5004 Men tried by Courts-martial 1864-1868

AD 51/1 Inwards Correspondence Register Deputy Adjutant General 1859-1862
AD 51/2 Inwards Correspondence Register Deputy Adjutant General 1862-1863, 1864
AD 51/3 Inwards Correspondence Register Deputy Adjutant General 1865, Part 1868
Entries in Archway 1859 (38), 1860 (543), 1861 (611), 1862 (734), 1863 (2216), 1864 (2513), 1865 (183)

ARM 41 Capitation Rolls
ARM 41 06 1869/1o Taranaki Light Infantry Volunteers 1868
ARM 41 08 1871/1l Taranaki Cavalry Volunteers 1867
ARM 41 12 1874/1o Hutt Rifle Volunteers 1867
ARM 41 12 1874/1p Hutt Rifle Volunteers 1868
ARM 41 12 1874/1q Hutt Rifle Volunteers 1869
ARM 41 12 1874/1r Hutt Rifle Volunteers 1870
ARM 41 12 1874/1s Hutt Rifle Volunteers 1871, Fernground Rifle Volunteers 1871
ARM 41 12 1874/1t Fernground Rifle Volunteers 1872 Upper Hutt
ARM 41 12 1874/1u Fernground Rifle Volunteers 1873 Upper Hutt
ARM 41 12 1874/1v Hutt Rifle Volunteers 1873 and 1874
ARM 41 13 1874/2aa Taita Rifle Volunteers 1870
ARM 41 13 1874/2ab Taita Rifle Volunteers 1871
ARM 41 15 1875/1bo Highland Rifle Volunteers 1872
ARM 41 15 1875/1bp Highland Rifle Volunteers 1873
ARM 41 15 1875/1br Wellington Scottish Volunteers 1874
ARM 41 16 1876/1ay Wairoa Rifle Volunteers 1869 (Waverley)
ARM 41 17 1877/1bc Wainuiomata Rifle Volunteers 1871
ARM 41 17 1877/1bd Wainuiomata Rifle Volunteers 1872
ARM 41 17 1877/1be Wainuiomata Rifle Volunteers 1873
ARM 41 26 1883/3d Opunake Rifle Volunteers 1882
ARM 41 26 1883/3e Opunake Rifle Volunteers 1883
ARM 41 131 1911/62y Opunake Mounted Rifles 1901
ARM 41 131 1911/62z Opunake Mounted Rifles 1902
ARM 41 131 1911/62aa Opunake Mounted Rifles 1903
ARM 41 131 1911/62ab Opunake Mounted Rifles 1904
ARM 41 131 1911/62ac Opunake Mounted Rifles 1905

BDM Registrar General Births, Deaths, Marriages
BDM 1 1875/347 Letter written by Rev Charles H. Nicholls Upper Hutt 15 May 1875
BDM 1 1875/405 Letter written by Rev Charles H. Nicholls Upper Hutt 02 Jul 1875
BDM 1 1875/579 Letter written by Alfred Ludlam Hutt 21 Aug 1875
BDM 1 1876/641 Letter written by Dr J. G. F. Wilford Coroner, Hutt 25 Sep 1876
BDM 1 1880/197 Letter written by Henry Clapcott Registrar, Wellington 14 Jun 1880
BDM 1 1881/431 Letter written by Joseph Godfrey Holdsworth Wellington 15 Nov 1880
BDM 1 1881/652 Letter written by Joseph Foord Wilson Registrar, Motueka 18 Oct 1881
BDM 1 1881/713 Letter written by Joseph Godfrey Holdsworth Wellington 16 Nov 1881
BDM 1 1918/199 Notification of deaths from infectious diseases and Statistics
BDM 3/3 Index to Inwards Correspondence 1882-1886

C Customs
C 2/2 Inwards Correspondence Register 1864 As far as is known these letters do not survive

CS Civil Secretary
CS 1 1853/113 Letter Deputy Registrar to be appointed at the Hutt
CS 2/1 Inwards Correspondence Register 1848, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1852, Part 1853

G Governor
G13 1/15 Removal of Natives from Hutt Cultivations in February 1846 Related papers
G13/3 No.2 G. Von Tempsky re establishment of a Volunteer Force June 1866
G13/3 No.122 Draft Memorandum of formation of Native Contingent
G25/1 Despatches Lt-Governor Grey to Lord Stanley 1845-1847 - some transcripts
G37/1 Private Secretary's Miscellaneous Outward Letterbook 1844-1847

IA Colonial Secretary's Office - Internal Affairs
IA 1 1844/6 Letter Reporting intention of Natives to occupy Land on the Hutt
IA 1 1844/1541 Hard Labour Prisoners Auckland Gaol 15 Jul 1844
IA 1 1844/1691 Native Affairs 1843-1844
IA 1 1845/2017 Letter Permission to exchange town for country lands at Wellington
IA 1 1847/949 Letter Cattle damage roads in the Lower Valley of the Hutt
IA 1 1856/3265 Letter John Morrison to the Colonial Secretary's Office
IA 1 1858/1341 Memorial byWilliam CRANN and Erasmus ARMITAGE New Plymouth
IA 1 1860/2309 Letter Petition of Ann Howlin widow of Pensioner John Howlin
IA 1 1862/517 Letter As to erection of a beacon in French Pass
IA 1 1863/441 Letter Coroners Inquest for James Riddle, Wainuiomata
IA 3/1/4 Inwards Correspondence Register 1844 Entries in Archway 1382
IA 3/1/5 Inwards Correspondence Register 1845 Entries in Archway 273
IA 3/1/6 Inwards Correspondence Register 1847 Entries in Archway 482
IA 3/1/16-17 Inwards Correspondence Register 1861 Entries in Archway 2743
IA 3/1/17-18 Inwards Correspondence Register 1862 Entries in Archway 2874
IA 3/1/30 Inwards Correspondence Register 1877/1-4187 Entries in Archway 6895
IA 12/2 Blue Book 1841 digitised online
IA 12/3-4 Blue Book 1842 digitised online
IA 12/5 Blue Book 1843 digitised online
IA 12/6 Blue Book 1844 digitised online
IA 12/7 Blue Book 1845 digitised online
IA 34/30/53 Otago: Cancelled Deposit Cheques on Contracts 1865-1875

IM Immigration
IM1 1876/1077 Passengers ex 'Fritz Reuter'

IM-N Immigration Nelson
IM-N-4/1/1 Applications for Assisted Passengers 1849-1853 partial list
IM-N-4/1/3b Nelson Applications for Assisted Passengers 1864-1871
IM-N-4/1/4 Nominated passengers 1855-1862 & 1872
IM-N-11/1/1 Index to Nelson Immigrant Passage Money Accounts 1859-1874
IM-N-12/1/2 Nelson Immigrants Passage Money Receipt Butts 1859-1862, 1872-1873

IM-W Immigration Wellington
IM-W-2/1 Wellington Immigrants 1864-1869

J Justice Department
J2/2 Inwards Correspondence Register 1863 Entries in Archway 578
J46 1/1 Coroner's Inquest for Thomas HOSEMAN 1846 (Boulcott Farm)

JC-W Justice Wellington
JC-W 6/2/8 Destitute Persons Act Wellington Maintenance Book 03 May 1895 to 15 Apr 1897

Wellington Magistrate Court
Civil Proceedings Action Register (I) 1872-1877
Civil Proceedings Action Register (II) 1874-1878

JC-WG Justice Courts Wanganui
JC-WG 1/1/1 Wanganui Police and Petty Sessions Court 1845-1847

LE Legislative Department (Agency AEBE)
LE 1 Series 18507 Guide to finding Public Petitions Committee records
LE 1 Series 18507 217 1884/7 Tinwald Town District Petition 1884

Schedules of Petitions presented to the House of Representatives printed in the JHRs
1876 Nos 1-308, 1877 Nos 1-483, 1878 Nos 1-355, 1879 Nos 1-150 and 1-400
1880 Nos 1-378, 1881 Nos 1-384, 1882 Nos 1-496, 1883 Nos 1-543, 1884 Nos 1-563
1885 Nos 1-430, 1886 Nos 1-460, 1887 Nos 1-178 and 1-511, 1888 Nos 1-504
1889 Nos 1-511, 1890 Nos 1-308, 1891 Nos 1-22 and 1-726, 1892 Nos 1-740
1893 Nos 1-592, 1894 Nos 1-731, 1895 Nos 1-519

LE 9/1 Inwards Correspondence Register 1876-1900
Letters referred to in this register are not held in the records of the Legislative Department.

LS Lands and Survey
Brief Inventory of Lands & Survey Department Records

LS-N Lands and Survey Nelson
Descriptive List: Nelson Applications for Depasturing Licenses & Leases
LS-N1 1855/190 Letter William Jenkins re Survey of Native Reserves in the Sound
LS-N1 1858/65 Letter William Jenkins re John Davis, Port Underwood
LS-N1 1858/95 Letter William Jenkins re Hohepa te Kiaka & Rawiri Kahuwara
LS-N1 1860/59 Letter William Jenkins re Robert Register

LS-N 3/1 Commissioner of Crown Lands Inwards Correspondence Registers
1851, 1852, 1853, 1854, 1855 In Archway surviving correspondence is grouped annually under LS-N1

LS-N 22/1 Register of Applications for Depasturage Licenses 1857-1858
LS-N 42/1 Applications for Mineral Leases 1852-1876
LS-N 42/1 Applications for Prospecting Licences 1865-1876
LS-N 45/3/16 Westland & Nelson Coal Fields Miscellaneous papers 1878-1890

LS-NP Lands and Survey New Plymouth
Lands & Survey New Plymouth Records Inventory
LS-NP 5/3/5 Book 2 Land selected by Military Settlers in Patea & Taranaki Districts
LS-NP 12/4 Land Purchasers Opunake & Oeo Survey Districts
LS-NP 12/7 Allotment Book Opunake - Ngatitamarongo Block 1917-1953
LS-NP 14/5 West Coast Settlement Reserves - Purchases of Leases Opunake (1894-1947)
LS-NP 19/10/14 West Coast Settlement Reserves Native File XX/58 1918-1920

LS-W Lands and Survey Wellington
Lands & Survey Wellington Records Inventory Last updated 01 September 2017
LS-W2 Commissioner of Crown Lands Some inwards letter transcripts 1853-1879
LS-W14/4/4 Cancelled Land Scrip issued to NZ Company purchasers 1857
LS-W14/6/11 Potential Claimants under the 1877 Manawatu Land Orders Act
LS-W16/1 Register of Applications for land Nos 1 to 313 of 1270
LS-W18/17 Allotment Book - Hutt Valley Settlement (1926-1950s)
LS-W20/18 Ledger of Miscellaneous Leases & Licenses 1899-1911
LS-W32/3/4 Partial List of NZ Company Claimants - Wanganui
LS-W61/1/1 Letters to Commissioner of Crown Lands (1853-1860, 1873-1874, 1880)
LS-W62/1/31 NZ Company Miscellaneous exhibits - claims not identified 1839-1876
LS-W62/1/32 NZ Company Miscellaneous exhibits - unidentified 1841-1860
LS-W63/2/11 Alphabetical List to Reports of Claims to Land - Commissioner of Crown Lands
LS-W64/7/22 NZ Company Claimant Cases Greenwood - Hornbrook - Wade - Featherston
LS-W64/7/23 NZ Company Resident Land Owners Compensation Scrip Register No.1
LS-W64/7/26 NZ Company Land Holders Scrip issued after 05 Jul 1850
LS-W64/7/27 NZ Company Purchasers to whom compensation has been awarded
LS-W64/9/30 NZ Company Copies of letters from Absentee Landowners
LS-W64/10/32 NZ Company Resident owners of original land orders 1852
LS-W65/1/15 NZ Company Wellington Country Section Owners
LS-W65/1/18 NZ Company Hutt Certificate Book c1843
LS-W65/1/22 NZ Company Sections that have reverted to the Crown
LS-W65/1/23 Country Districts Wainuiomata Lowry Bay and Orongorongo
LS-W65/2/32 Register of Sections Masterton, Greytown and Taratahi Plain

LS-W65/3/43 Register of Country Section Selections for the following:
Hutt Valley 1-191; Harbour 1-69; Wainuiomata 1-38; Lowry Bay 1-5
Pahautanui 1-33, 63-69; Pakuratahi 1-14

LS-W68/1-15 Wellington Land Claims Commission Reports 1851-1869 mostly Wainuiomata

Land Transfer Office Wellington
LTO-W 299-9-AE Name Index to Volumes 1-41 1871-1913
"A", "B", "C", "D", "E", "F", "G", "H", "I", "J", "K", "L", "M", "N", "O", "P", "Q", "R", "S", "T", "U", "V", "W", "Y", "Z"
LTO-W 299-33 Volume 1 Register of Incorporated Companies 1862-1887
LTO-W 299-178-Volume 1 Wellington District Land Transfer Index 1871-1913 Folios 1-432 Last updated 26 Jul 2017
LTO-W 299-179-Volume 2 Wellington District Land Transfer Index 1871-1913 Folios 1-68 Last updated 02 Oct 2016

M Marine Department
M 2/1 Inwards Correspondence Registers 1870, 1871
M 3/1-16 Departmental Index Opunake Harbour 1881-1913

MA Maori Affairs
MA 7/1/1 Some Maori Letters to Governor Grey 1846-1847
MA 7/2/2 Governor's outwards letter book to Maori 16 Feb to 31 Oct 1846
MA 24/12 Partial Inventory of Miscellaneous Documents (wide date range)

NM New Munster
NM 8/7 1845/366 David Dick & George Saywell Wainuiomata 1845
NM 8/7 1846/54 Native outrage upon settlers at the Hutt Report 01 Mar 1846
NM 8/9 1846/257 Boulcott Farm Hutt Police Magistrate Arthur Edward MacDonogh Report 17 May
NM 8/9 1846/260 Boulcott Farm Hutt Lt George Hyde Page Report 16 May
NM 8/9 1846/261 Hutt Company of Militia 20 May 1846
NM 8/9 1846/427 Hutt Company of Militia 02 Sep 1846
NM 8/10 1846/277 Hutt Militia Journal 16 May to 31 May 1846
NM 8/26 1848/149 Letter Memorial of William Swainson for a road to Wainuiomata
NM 9/1 Inwards Correspondence Register 1844 Entries in Archway 103
NM 9/2 Inwards Correspondence Register 1848 Entries in Archway 919
NM 10/5 General Outwards Correspondence Hutt Valley 1844-1846
NM 10/6 General Outwards Correspondence Hutt Valley Mar 1846 - Jan 1847
NM 11/2 Blue Book 1849 digitised online
NM 11/3 Blue Book 1851 digitised online

NP Nelson Province
NP 5/6 1867/42 Letter Edward Stafford re William Jenkins' service
NP 7/2B 1857/347 Letter William Jenkins re Native Interpreter's Salary
NP 7/3B 1859/82 Letter John Morrison relative to his dissolution of Partnership
NP 7/4B 1860/286 Letter William Jenkins re translation of native letters
NP 7/11 1864/225 Letter William Jenkins writing from Birmingham, UK
NP 7/11 1864/329 Letter William Jenkins re lecturing on Emigration to NZ
NP 7/12 1864/904 Letter William Jenkins re rebuilding of Wirape's hut
NP 7/12 1864/905 Letter William Jenkins re recommencing duties as Native Interpreter
NP 9/4 Superintendent's Inwards Correspondence Register 1857, 1858, 1859
NP 9/5 Superintendent's Inwards Correspondence Register 1860
NP 23/7/15 Passenger monies received by the Immigration Secretary, Nelson 1857-1867
NP-NTF5 3/3 Nelson Trust Fund Ledger 18 Jun 1853 to Dec 1869

New Zealand Gazette
Motor-Driver Testing Officers 1931 by Name and by Place

Old Land Claims
OLC 3/4 Auckland: Depasturage and timber-cutting licenses 1848-1854
OLC 8/1 Old Land Claims Commission Letter Book 1840-1844

P Police
P 12/6/11 Index to 1877 Police Gazette
P 12/7/12 Index to 1878 Police Gazette
A Police Gazettes infosheet outlines the holdings in the Archives NZ offices
and describes the type of information that can be found in them.
Article: New Zealand Police Gazette by Heidi Kuglin
- The New Zealand Genealogist Sep/Oct 2010 pages 203-205
Article: Researching the New Zealand Police Gazettes 1863-1899 by Trish McCormack
- The New Zealand Genealogist Nov/Dec 2010 pages 250-252
Article: Researching the New Zealand Police Gazettes 1900-1940 by Trish McCormack
- The New Zealand Genealogist Jan/Feb 2011 pages 6-9

PO Post Office
PO 2/1 Inwards Correspondence Register 1888
PO-N 1/4 Chief Postmaster Nelson Correspondence 1870

T Treasury Department
T 1/2 W1845/16-46 Sub-Treasurer Correspondence 1845
T 3/1 Inwards Correspondence Register 1856

TP Taranaki Province
From Provincial Gazettes: Unpaid Road Rates 1855-1859
TP 5/5/14 Index to letters received from Private Persons 1858
TP 8/1/2 Land Claimants under the Volunteer Land Act 1865
TP 8/1/2 Memo re suppression of rebellion between Hungatahua & Patea rivers 1866
TP 12/5/10 Register of Warrants 1859-1860

UNZ University of New Zealand
UNZ 20/24/24 Index to University of NZ Students 1872-1905

Valuation Department
V-NPW1175-44-2-87 Valuation Roll Opunake Town District 1914-1928

WA War Archives
WA 89 154 89q War Diary 3rd Wellington Infantry Battalion December 1917
WA 89 154 90s War Diary 3rd Wellington Infantry Battalion January 1918

WP Wellington Province
WP 3 1859/175 Letter John Morrison asks to be immigration agent
WP 11/5 14 Public Works Ledger - Hutt Valley only