Exhibitions and Events



19 December 2014

Papakura Museum is now closed for the Christmas period.

We re-open Monday, 12 January 2015


Due to the scheduled construction work on the
extension of our exhibition space, it will be necessary
for us to be closed to the Public again from 19 January.

We apologise for any convenience.






Rural life in Papakura as it used to be.
Everyday items and images from the past.

Bate's Bullock Team - ploughing McLennan's farm



COMING SOON: Late February 2015


NB: Unfortunately, due to construction within the Museum, we are currently unable to confirm an opening date for this exhibition.


THIRTEEN SHIPS - 150 years ago, the Waikato Immigration Scheme brought thirteen ship loads of migrants to the port of Auckland between October 1864 and June 1865. 

The migrants were, for the most part, settled in the Kirikiri Block (Opaheke, Papakura); Otau (Clevedon); Maketu (Ramarama); Williamson's Clearing (Bombay) and throughout Franklin. They were predominantly English, Scottish, and Irish - many of the Irish came on the five ships that sailed from the Cape of Good Hope where they had settled from around five to ten years earlier.

Our exhibit will explore the background to the scheme, its successes and failures, and the individual stories of some of the settlers, whose names, and/or descendants, live on in Papakura today.


For example: Thomas ELLIOTT, and his wife Elizabeth Jane (pictured) journeyed to New Zealand on the 'GANGES' - aka the death ship - which suffered the loss of 56 passengers; 54 of them children. Most of the children were under three years of age as were the Elliotts' two little girls both of whom died. Nine children were born and raised in New Zealand, the Elliotts eventually settling in Tuakau. Their fourth son Joseph Ernest Elliott, better known as Joe, was headmaster of Papakura School from 1917 to 1935. Eldest son, the Reverend William John Elliott, served as minister at the Papakura Methodist Church from 1927 to 1930.

If your family came to New Zealand on any of the thirteen ships, please contact Kara (kara.oo@xtra.co.nz) we would love to hear from you.






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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