Helensville & District Historical Society (Inc) was established
on 27th May, 1968 at a meeting convened by Mr W. G. Russell, then
Mayor of Helensville, and his wife Belle.
From the outset, preservation and promotion of South Kaipara’s
history and heritage has been the Society’s guiding principle,
faithfully adhered to by succeeding executive committees and progressively
Today, the Society’s assistance is sought regularly by overseas
and New Zealand researchers in relation to the area’s rich
Our family history
section is comprehensive in its coverage of pioneer families, supported
wherever possible by the tape-recorded memories of older descendants.
The Society has a very comprehensive collection of over 10,000
including photos of all the schools in the area. Our in-house research
facility has earned well-merited recognition from its peers
and is updated continuously.
Descendants of those pioneer families support the Museum generously
by outright donations or long-term loans of artefacts and memorabilia
from by-gone days, entrusting us with their care so others may gain
an insight to life in the early times of settlement in Helensville
and its surrounding area.
A regular feature of our annual programme
in is an ‘Open Day’ featuring specific places, people
or activities which have enriched this region for well over a century
and made it a place so many are proud to call it ‘home’.