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Registered Charity Number CC33396




Text Box: 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 


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

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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.

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


Our 2012-2013 sub is $30 single, and $40 for 2 people within a household.  

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

2011   February-March     April – May      June – July      August – September      October – November    December – January 2012

2012   February-March    April-May        June-July       August-September     October-November     December-January 2013

2013   February – March    April- May      June-July        August-September    October-November   December-January 2014

2014    February-March      April-May       June-July        August-September     October-November   December-January 2015


You do not have to be a member of our Branch to visit our library, but non-members are charged $5  to use our facilities and postal research is $10 per hour.

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


As we do not have mail facilities at 254 Cameron Street, all enquiries should be sent to the above email address.


Our Library is now in Room 36, upstairs in the old Polytech Building, 254 Cameron Street, Ashburton.  

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Usual opening hours::                                                                       Every Wednesday from 10.00 am. to 4.00 pm.


Every Saturday, 10.00 am to noon


 2nd and 4th Friday, 1.00pm to 4.00pm


Except Public Holidays


Other times by prior arrangement