Welcome!

The Friends of the Hocken Collections were established in 1991 to:

  • Promote public awareness of, and support for, the various collections, services and publications of the Hocken Collections
  • Encourage financial support of the Library and
  • Provide an umbrella organisation for all persons having an interest in the Hocken Collections

28th Annual General Meeting, 2019

Notice is hereby given that the 28th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Hocken Collections will be held in the ground floor foyer, Hocken Library, 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin, at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, 20 November 2019.

AGM Notice

The AGM will be followed by a talk – Spilling the Beans – Celebrating Dunedin chocolate making, past, present & future 


Events, including our Talk Series

The upcoming talk is on Wednesday 19 June at 5.30pm (refreshments at 5.15pm) – Hocken Library, 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin.  An Antipodean Appreciation of William Lauder Lindsay (1829-1880), and Dr Warwick Brunton will speak.


Join us, or renew your membership


Current work programme


Major projects the Friends of the Hocken Collections has funded include:

  • Purchase of a special microfilm reader-printer
  • Microfilming records of the Otago Provincial Council and Southland Provincial Council
  • Microfilming the files of the Mataura Ensign
  • Publication of A Journal of Their Own: An Index to “Art in New Zealand,” 1928-1946
  • Microfilming and digitisation of the Cromwell Argus, from its inception to 1948
  • Digitisation of the Otago Daily Times headline indexes for the period 1946-1980
  • Publication of
    • Gaining a Foothold,
    • Haven at St Leonards
    • Aspiring to Art