Find out more about what’s at the Hocken – Reference Guides

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Do you want to know more about the wonderful treasures to be found at the Hocken? The Hocken staff have written various reference guides to help researchers locate material in our collections. These are available in hardcopy in the reference area, or as PDFs on our website at

As well as a general introduction to the Hocken and a guide to Maori resources, we have two main series of guides: genealogy guides and research guides. The genealogy guides include information on our resources for researching Maori whakapapa; births, deaths and marriages; shipping; education; occupations; and residences. We also have a guide to internet resources, and a guide to the records of Otago and Southland orphanages and children’s homes (some of these sources are held by other institutions).

The series of research guides currently stands at 17 with several new ones appearing each year. These guides are primarily aimed at university students and researchers, but they include information which will also be of interest to many other people. They do not list all our resources, but give examples of items in our collections along with suggestions on how to locate other relevant material. Popular guides in this series include those to war-related material (there are separate guides for World War I, World War II, the South African War and two guides on the New Zealand Wars), missionary sources, religion sources and mining sources. Recent additions to the series are on Pacific Islands sources and tourism sources, and a health sciences reference guide will be out next month.

We hope you find these guides useful, and welcome your feedback!

Post prepared by Ali Clarke, Reference Assistant

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I'm Head Curator Archives here at the Hocken Collections and one of my tasks is to maintain this blog.

One thought on “Find out more about what’s at the Hocken – Reference Guides

  1. Hi.I started out looking for early Otago photographers,but since I’m here: I have two early photographs taken at Bendigo,same mount.Presumably there is a connection with William Cameron,mine owner and hotelier,and one may be his hotel,the other a house.I would very much like to know for sure.His hotel burned down in 1880 I think.Contact me if you want copies.I have several later photos of the next generation of Camerons and Hayward’s goldmining there too.

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