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Branch Library

Our Library is located at the Heritage Centre in the Petone Public Library, 7-11 Britannia Street, Petone. Click here for a map.

The Heritage Centre and Petone Public Library are open Monday to Friday from 10am until 5.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Our resources include books, magazines, CD ROMs and microfiche.  There are also computers located in the Heritage Centre for family research use including searching the CD ROMS and other Branch computer holdings.  We have resources to assist with Hutt Valley history and genealogical research, and material to help with family history research more generally.

Using the Branch Library

A current Branch Membership card is required to borrow any of the Branch's library collection and in order to use our computer or microfiche resources. Just present it to any of the Petone Library staff, or to a Hutt Valley Branch of NZSG volunteer if there is one available when you are visiting.

Family History/Genealogy Help at the Library

The Branch has volunteers available at the Heritage Centre to help members and the public with their research using the Branch's library and the resources available from the Heritage Centre and Hutt City Libraries, on:

  • the first Wednesday of each month, 10.00am to 12.00noon
  • the third Wednesday of each month, 10.00am to 12.00noon
  • the first Saturday of each month, 10.00am to 12.00noon

Branch Library Collection

Most of our Branch library resources are now listed on the Hutt City Library SPYDUS Catalogue - Under 'Family and History' then 'Hutt Valley Genealogical Society'. Click here to access the Library Catalogue.

Hutt City Libraries Family & Local History Resources

NZSG CDs/DVDs available at Petone Library Heritage Centre:

  • Index's and Extracts of Births, Deaths and Marriages 1851-1891 published in the Lyttleton Times (2012)
  • Passenger Lists - Victoria Australia Outwards to New Zealand 1852-1923 (2009)
  • New Zealand Marriages 1836-1956 Version2 (2006)
  • A Return of the Freeholders of New Zealand October 1882 (2010)
  • Discharged in New Zealand Soldiers of the Imperial Foot Regiments who took their discharge in New Zealand 1840-1870 (2011)
  • New Zealand Cemetery Records, Waikato, King Country and Taupo
  • New Zealand Burial Locator Version2 (2008)
  • New Zealand WW1 Service Personnel and Reserves Index (2005)
  • New Zealand Early Settlers Locator, Census, Electoral Rolls, Burgess Rolls, Jury Lists (2011)
  • Early Wellington Settlers (2007)
  • NZSG Index Version 5 (2008)
  • New Zealand Combined Electoral Rolls, 1881, 1893, 1896 (2010)
  • New Zealand 1911 Electoral Roll (2010)
  • The Jim Pearce Index Obituaries reported in the Evening Post 1929-1977 (2010)

These are all in the drawer in the Heritage Centre and available to everyone to use on the Library Computers.  Please ask the Library Staff for assistance if a branch volunteer is not available.

In addition to the Branch's library holdings, Hutt City Libraries have a wide collection of family and local history resources to assist you with your research.  Many of these are available to the public at the Petone Public Library alongside our Branch resources.  Some are available at other Hutt City Library branches.

You can search the subsciption family history website Ancestry.com for free at any of the Hutt City Libraries and print out your results for 20c per page.  You can download and save electronic copies of documents you find on Ancestry.com to your own memory stick, or email them to yourself from the library computer.

Find out about the Hutt City Libraries family and local history collections here