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

Events, including our Talk Series

The upcoming talk is on Wednesday 1 August at 5.30pm (refreshments at 5.15pm) – Hocken Library, 90 Anzac Ave, Dunedin. It is 20 years since Te Kerēme – the Ngāi Tahu Settlement, and Takerei Norton will reflect on this from an Archives perspective.


23 May 2018 – Katherine Milburn on the Hunter Collection.


21 March 2018 – David Elliot on “Children’s Literature and the Snark”.


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