Family History Month - Open Day :: Wellington
Family History Open Day 2019 -

  Open Day - Saturday 24 August 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for our Family History Open Day.

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Whether you are an experienced researcher
or just beginning your family history journey,
there will be something on today's programme for you. 

All welcome.


Hutt Bowling Club,
6 Myrtle Street
Lower Hutt

Look for the sign opposite the end of Huia Street - free parking down the drive.  Parking also available on the street, but some zones are "Pay and Display" even on Saturdays.

Buses arrive/depart Bunny St (Queensgate) (see map).


$5:00 (Sorry, no EFTPOS)


  • Tea & Coffee available, for a gold coin, please
  • No lunch food available
  • BYO Food or visit nearby cafes just a short walk away (see map)

Nearby Cafes (see map)

  1. Bellbird Eatery, Dowse Art Museum
  2. Wholly Bagels & Pizza, 34 Knights Road
  3. Tutaki Café, Lower Hutt Events Centre, Laings Rd
  4. The Crooked Elm, Pub, Laings Rd
  5. Fellow Café on the Green - behind Bowling Club through the gardens to the War Memorial Library
  6. Queensgate Food Court (using Bunny St entrance)
  7. Starbucks, 6 Bunny St
  8. Saigon-Paris Bakery & Cafe, 90 Queens Drive
  9. Pita Pit, 86 Queens Drive

Speaker Programme

Come along and hear one or more of our excellent speakers. 

10:00am - Two Degrees of Separation and an Introduction to the NZ Society of Genealogists, with Sarah Hewitt (Convenor, Kilbirnie Branch)

11:15am - 3 "lightning talks" to introduce new online resources:

  • Wellington City Archives with Adrian Humphris (Wellington City Archivist)
  • Digital NZ with Rowan Payne (Manager, DNZ Services)
  • Papers Past with Emerson Vandy (Digital Services Manager)

About 12:30pm - Lunch Break

1:15pm - 3 "lightning talks" to help access local resources

  • Hutt City Libraries with Clark Stiles (Heritage Specialist)
  • Upper Hutt Library with Reid Perkins (Library Archivist)
  • Hutt City Archives with Jennie Henton (Archivist)

2:30pm - Discovering my family history at Archives NZ and the National Library of New Zealand, with Richard Foy (Chief Archivist, Archives NZ)

Help Desks

Throughout the day there will be specialists in family history on hand to provide guidance and answer questions:

  • New Zealand
  • Māori - sorry, our specialist cancelled
  • Australian
  • English
  • Irish
  • Scottish
  • USA


Experienced staff from the following organisations will also be there to help you:

  • Local Genealogical branches in Wellington district
  • New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG)
  • Hutt City Libraries and Upper Hutt Libraries
  • Hutt City Archives
  • National Library and Alexander Turnbull Library
  • Archives New Zealand
  • New Zealand Defence Force Archives and Medals