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

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.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Pratts Road Cemetry tours have been postponed. A revised schedule will be posted when available. We apologise for any inconvenience.

COMING SOON: Opens 28 May 2015

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

Up Date: Fallen Soldiers projects will be on display at the museum from 28 May 2015.

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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