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Travel Tuesday: 150th Commemoration of the Arrival of the S.S. Viola, Waikato Immigration Scheme

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A new title into the Central Auckland Research Centre recently is a book written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Waikato Immigration Scheme 1864-1865.

The book was published by the Clevedon and Districts Historical Society to coincide with the arrival of the Viola settlers, part of the Waikato Immigration Scheme.

Showing a stereoscopic view through trees of
All Souls Church, Clevedon

Heritage Images, Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, 4-8640

Title: 150th Commemoration of the Arrival of the S.S. Viola in April 1865, 29th March 2015: Commemorative Booklet
Author: Clevedon and Districts Historical Society
Subjects: Viola (Ship), Ships, Auckland, Passenger lists, Immigrants, Genealogy, Clevedon, History
Location: 2 NZL IMM AKD

Abstract from the book:

“In April 1865 a shipload of mainly Lowland Scots arrived in ignorance and hope into the depressed province of Auckland and into the depleted community of the Wairoa. They had come, recruited in advance before confiscation was even finalised, as part of the Northern Waikato Immigration Scheme. Under this scheme, two main inducements were offered to labourers and mechanics. The first was a free passage to Auckland, and free transport from Auckland to the settlement for every settler and his family. The second was free land to be surveyed at Government expense. A quarter or half-acre town grant would be given, plus a ten-acre suburban or rural grant. The immigrants were not allowed to absent themselves from the allotment and were to repay half their passage money in three years. The Viola was one of the last ships to arrive under this scheme,” – ‘Clevedon Sustainable Development Plan Project: European Historical Assessment’, p 36.


In the Research Centre, this book is reference only - but do look in our catalogue to find a borrowable near you


Happy hunting

Seonaid

Tuesday's Tip: Celebrating Niue

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E Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue 2015 
Niue Language Week 2015

This week is Niue language week and Auckland Libraries has a series of events on regionwide.

Showing the King and Queen of Niue with the 
New Zealand Premier, Richard Seddon and Mrs Seddon
Auckland Weekly News, 5 October 1900
Heritage Images Online, Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19001005-3-3

Here at Central Auckland Research Centre we're proud to be the caretakers of the microfilm copies of the Niue High Court Registrar records.

The original manuscripts were very badly damaged during Cyclone Heta in January 2004.

Fortunately, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) had microfilmed the precious records in the 1990s or the majority would have been lost. They were kind enough to gift a set of films to the Niuean government and also to Auckland Library (as Auckland has the largest population of Niueans in the world).

Since then, we've had many Niueans in our Research Centre happily researching their family heritage.

Examples of the major records we hold here are:

Birth registration records for Niue 1900-1997 (3 NIU BDM)

  • Microfilm of original manuscript in the custody of the Department of Justice, Tufukia Alofi, Niue.
  • Birth records for Niue.


Birth indexes (3 NIU BDM)

  • Microfilm of original manuscript in the custody of the Department of Justice, Tufukia Alofi, Niue.
  • Includes names, birth dates, and names of parents.  Arranged alphabetically by given name and includes an index number that refers to the appropriate birth record.
  • Villages: Alofi, Avatele, Fatiau, Hakupu, Hikutavake, Lakepa, Liku, Makefu, Mutalau, Namukulu, Tamakautonga, Toi, Tuapa, and Vaiea.


Death and still birth registration records 1899-1997 (3 NIU BDM)

  • Microfilm of original manuscript in the custody of the Department of Justice, Tufukia Alofi, Niue.
  • Death and still birth records for Niue.


Death indexes (3 NIU BDM)

  • Microfilm of original manuscript in the custody of the Department of Justice, Tufukia Alofi, Niue.
  • Includes names, birth dates, and names of parents of individuals who died or emigrated from Niue.  Arranged alphabetically by surname and includes an index number that refers to the appropriate death record.
  • Villages: Alofi, Avatele, Fatiau, Hakupu, Hikutavake, Lakepa, Liku, Makefu, Mutalau, Namukulu, Tamakautonga, Toi, Tuapa, and Vaiea.


Marriage registrations  (3 NIU BDM)

  • Microfilm of original manuscript in the custody of the Department of Justice, Tufukia Alofi, Niue.
  • Marriage records for Niue.


Various genealogies (3 NIU FAM)

  • Microfilm of original manuscript in the custody of the Department of Justice, Tufukia Alofi, Niue.
  • Includes genealogies of persons in Niue.  These were created at the request of people interested in tracing their ancestry or by people seeking to establish claims to citizenship or land ownership through inheritance.  Records contain copies of letters of request and conclusions of research in the form of family trees.


Genealogies of Niue women  (3 NIU FAM)

  • Microfilm of original manuscript in the custody of the Department of Justice, Tufukia Alofi, Niue.
  • Maternal genealogies arranged by village for use in determining property rights some of which inherited through maternal lines of descent.
  • Villages: Alofi, Avatele, Fatiau, Hakupu, Hikutavake, Lakepa, Liku, Makefu, Mutalau, Namukulu, Tamakautonga, Toi, Tuapa, and Vaiea.


Emigration from Niue (3 NIU IMM)

  • Microfilm of original manuscript in the custody of the Department of Justice, Tufukia Alofi, Niue.
  • Index of individuals who emigrated from Niue arranged by village.  Includes date of birth, name of parents, place of birth, date of emigration, place of emigration to, and if appropriate, date of return to Niue.
  • Villages: Alofi, Avatele, Fatiau, Hakupu, Hikutavake, Lakepa, Liku, Makefu, Mutalau, Namukulu, Tamakautonga, Toi, Tuapa, and Vaiea.


European immigration to Niue (3 NIU IMM)

  • Microfilm of original manuscript in the custody of the Department of Justice, Tufukia Alofi, Niue.
  • Index of europeans who immigrated to Niue, or who took up residence there. Includes names of their parents, place and date of birth, date immigrated, and if appropriate, date departed Niue or date of death.

Note: These records are copies of the original registers, and as they are not certified by the registrar-general they may not be acceptable for legal purposes.

Ki a monuina

Seonaid