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Registered Charity Number   CC33396







all enquiries:


Chairperson: Michael Sheate


Secretary: Rita Wright


Treasurer: Shari Early


Research: L. Blackmoore: 


Cemetery Project:  M. Sheate


School Research: A. Cairns


Librarian:  L. Armstrong








                                                                                                                              Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre


                                       Your first point of call in researching your Family History in Ashburton

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Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, 327 West Street,                                                                                         

Opening hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1.00 pm. to 4.00 pm.


 Saturday, 10.00 am to 1.00pm


Closed Public Holidays


As we do not have mail facilities, all enquiries should be sent to the above email address.


You do not have to be a member of our Branch to visit our library, but non-members are charged $10 per hour to use our facilities and postal research is chargeable  on a case by case on request .

Our School Records Officer will answer queries at the cost of $10 for up to 10 names per request.

Our 2015-2016 sub is $30 single, and $40 for 2 people within a household.


Research Request Form


School Request Form


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Who Are We

The Ashburton District Family History Group was established by a small group in 1979, meeting in each others homes until a public meeting in 1981 was called to form a group of like minded people interested in Family History.

The first meetings were held in a class room at St. Joseph’s School, then in Menorlue at the Ashburton College before moving to a room above the Public  Library.

When the Library needed the room for expansion, a move was made to the Tekau Cafeteria, upstairs in Elizabeth Street.

When we joined the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Incorporated, we changed our name to Mid Canterbury Group of NZSG, then to Mid Canterbury Branch of NZSG. 

In November 2007, it was decided to change our name to Ashburton District Family History Group and in January 2008, we became an Incorporated Society and registered with the Charities Commission.

With the proposed demolition of the Tekau Building in 2008, it was again time to find another home.  In July 2008, we shifted to a Council owned building in Cameron Street previously used by the Aoraki Polytech, while we waited for the new Art Gallery and Heritage Centre to be built.

Our final shift in January 2015 to 327 West Street in the Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, opening on 16th  February 2015

As the group has grown, it has acquired many resources to help with the search of Genealogy and Family History.

The main aims of our Branch are to provide the resources for people to research their family and social history, and to actively work towards the preservation of our District's records and its social history.

Local transcribed records available in our Library are: Baptism, Marriage and Burial records for most of our District's Churches, School Admission Registers for our District's Schools and Headstone and Burial records for the District's Cemeteries

We have Cemetery Tour booklets for sale  Cemetery Tour Booklets Order Form


 We have a Members Newsletter which goes out six times a year.


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