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Ian Matheson City Archives

The Ian Matheson City Archives hold Council records as well as those donated by local businesses and families. The archives offer a unique record of our city over time. You can search the archives online or at the Central Library.

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Manawatū Heritage is our digital repository, holding photographs, archives and resources that complement our local history. It also allows you to add your own photos and stories to our city archives.

Interested in finding out about Palmerston North and Palmerstonians? The Ian Matheson City Archives is the gateway to exploring the city and people.

The archives offer an insight into the historical development of Palmerston North. As well as receiving archives from the Palmerston North City Council, we hold a wide collection of donated records from local businesses, organisations or families. These can be searched online (see below).

We also have wider secondary resources on hand to complement the archives, including books on Palmerston North history, microfilms of past issues of the Manawatū Standard and other local newspapers, and research files on commonly researched topics.

Search our archives

Contact the heritage team

Visit the second floor of the Central Library during opening hours, email heritage@pncc.govt.nz or call 06 651 4100 and ask to speak to the heritage team.