The Marist archives held relate to the Society of Mary in New Zealand and its contribution to the history of the Roman Catholic Church in New Zealand and overseas mission fields.
The Marist archives holds a wide range of material including administrative records, personal papers, biographical information on members of the Congregation, photographs, maps, plans, architectural drawings, audio-visual and sound recordings and glass lantern slides as well as a reference library and a number of objects.
- Society of Mary in New Zealand Provincial administration records.
- Collection assembled at Mount St Mary’s Seminary, Greenmeadows including early history of the Mission Estate Winery.
- Select reference material on the Maori Missions and Missions in Oceania from the arrival of the first Marist missionaries in 1838.
- Fr Emmet McHardy sm, missionary in Bougainville 1929-1932, correspondence and ethnographic material.
- Complete sets of three publications, the monthly magazine Marist Messenger (1931-current), the Māori Mission magazine WhareKura (1909-1928) and the Māori Mission quarterly Whiti Ora (1948-1993).
- A small quantity of literary papers from Pat Lawlor, Eileen Duggan and the Catholic Writers’ Movement (1940 – c.1949).
- Published histories of parishes with a Marist presence.
The Marist Archives does not hold sacramental records, these records are held by the parish or diocese where the sacrament was celebrated.
Requests for information are required writing.
Information requests are to include the requester’s address and the relationship to the person about whom information is requested (when applicable).
Physical access is granted to bona fide researchers and is subject to the agreement to the terms and conditions laid out in the Marist Archives Access Agreement.
Research visits by appointment only.
There are no fixed charges for access to the Archives, except when Archives’ material is used for commercial purposes.
Donations for copying and research to help offset costs of running and maintaining the Archives are welcomed.
Contact Marist Archives
Click to contact the Marist Archives, or phone +64 (04) 471 0600
219 Thorndon Quay
PO Box 12195