Welcome to the Great Barrier Island History Research Group Inc.

Recent notices

  • New book: 'More True Tales of Great Barrier Island' The books are available from the history society for $35, various shops on the island and various outlets on the mainland including 'Boat Books' at Westhaven. To order a book or books from the Great Barrier Island History Research Society contact Lyn Oxborough, the society's treasurer, either by phoning her 09-4290895 or emailinfo@greatbarrierislandhistory.orgPostage within New Zealand is $6.50 for either 1 or 2 books. Any bigger orders best to contact Lyn.The book is 220 A4 pages, colour on the outside and inside of the front and back cover, and good quality black and white pages within. There are 100 short stories about the island by about 70 contributors, along with over 350 ...
    Posted Sep 3, 2014, 12:02 PM by Lyn Oxborough
  • WW1 Great Barrier Island Soldiers The WW1 exhibition at the Aotea Art Gallery has now ended, and we would like to thank all those who contributed information and articles for this.In particular, we would like to extend our gratitude to Jan and Murray Willis for their display of memorabilia, which included guns, photographs, medals and detailed information.  Thank you to all the families who provided photographs and information about their loved ones, just having a photo of the young men who gave their lives in WW1 put a human face to the War and made the exhibition a very emotional one for those families and anyone reading their plight.
    Posted Sep 3, 2014, 11:52 AM by Lyn Oxborough
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The society first incorporated on 31st May, 2010.
Objectives - To produce publications about the history of Great Barrier Island.
-To engage in any activities, if the majority of the group agrees, that helps to identify or recall historical events in the area.
-To record the oral history of any person the group considers suitable.
-To hold workshops and public meetings to benefit researchers and members in their endeavour to find or produce information for projects of the group.
-To promote the projects and activities of the group using whatever means appropriate to our best advantage.
-To raise funds for the benefit of projects by such means as adopted by the majority of the committee and to accept contributions, collections, donations, legacies, devices, gifts, grants and subsidies.

The first book produced by the society was 'True Tales of Great Barrier Island' published in October, 2011. It has been a complete success.

The ISBN number is 978-0-473-19340-9

We have now sold out of this book.  Many thanks to everyone who contributed stories and photographs.