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Archives - Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Every diocese is obliged by Canon Law, and by the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, to create and maintain an archive.

This is to ensure that all records generated by the Bishop and his administration, as well as those of his predecessors, are “preserved [boxed and listed], transmitted, renewed and appreciated because they represent the most direct connection with the heritage of the Church Community.

You can read more about the Auckland Diocesan Archives below.

For more information please contact the office on 09 360 3062 or email

Bishop's Palace Chapel in 1894

Bishop's Palace Chapel in 1894

Auckland Catholic Diocesan Archives

Hours: 9.30 am – 1pm, 2pm – 4.30pm.

Open Monday to Thursday except Public Holidays and Holy Days. Appointment necessary.

Contact address: ACDA, Pompallier Diocesan Centre, Private Bag 47904, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144, New Zealand.

Physical address: Pompallier Diocesan Centre, 30 New Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand.

Phone: (09) 360 3062 or (09) 378 3480 (Reception)
Fax: (09) 376 2829



The Archives of the Catholic Church in New Zealand since the inception of the mission with the appointment as Vicar Apostolic of Western Oceania of J. B. F Pompallier in 1836; Apostolic Administrator of Auckland 1848; Bishop in 1860. By then the diocese consisted of the Auckland province only.
The Diocesan Archive is constituted under Canon Law and is responsible for ensuring that all records generated by the Bishop and his administration, as well as
those of his predecessors, are preserved, boxed and listed.


Bishops Papers

Contains official documents, biographical material, correspondence, and reports of the Bishop of Auckland (1838 – present day). These are arranged in groups by the names of the bishops ie Pompallier (1836 – 69), Croke (1870 – 75), Steins (1879 – 81) etc.

Photograph Collection

  • Large collection of historic photographs from the 19th century onwards.
  • There are photographs and other pictorial records of church occasions in various parts of the diocese, photographs of bishops, clergy, religious, and Laity.
  • Photographic prints of documents and letters copied from the Archives of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith in the Vatican relating to the Auckland Diocese 1836 – 1870.

Architectural drawings

Drawings of Churches, schools, and other diocesan buildings. Included in these are Pugin and Pugin plans for the Bishop’s Palace, Auckland dated 1892.

Sacramental Records

Research for genealogical purposes, is confined to records prior to 1900. If a person is looking for his/her own records, the Archives staff will search any time period. Microfiche is available to buy from the Archive for seventeen parishes in the Auckland area.

Deceased Priest Cards and Files (Restricted Collection)

The personnel files of deceased diocesan priests are kept by the Archives. Access to these records is restricted. Generally, only biographical information may be released to researchers.


The Month, Zealandia, New Zealandia, NZ Catholic, The Tablet, Freeman’s Journal, NZ Catholic Schools Journal. The collection consists of New Zealand Catholic newspapers. Its use is not restricted. There is also a collection of photographs that were published in the Zealandia. Copies of photographs from this collection are available for the cost of the reproduction, if the Archives has copyright to it. There are also obituaries for priests and other religious and laity.

Parish Histories/Books

The collection contains booklets commissioned by parishes in commemoration of significant events in a parish’s history (building dedications, anniversaries, etc.). They range from pictures and advertisements to detailed histories of the parishes. Some books mention early and / or important parishioners in their history.

Catholic Organizations

Contains files pertaining to various groups, such as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Hibernians, Holy Name Society and the Catholic Womens League.

Museum artefacts

  • Metal objects such as Chalices, Bells, Monstrances, sick call outfits, candle holders.
  • Pectoral crosses and Episcopal rings.
  • Vestments
  • Paintings and engravings
  • Personal effects of Bishop Pompallier (1st Catholic Bishop Of Auckland) and other Bishops of Auckland.

Bishops Library (1000 books earlier than 1850).

The earliest is a Medieval Graduale dated at 1427 from North East Italy.


Researchers will be able to access archival material pre-dating 1930 (unless material is restricted for reasons of privacy or fragility). Access to post 1930 material may be
granted. Applications to view post 1930 material must be made through the Archive Manager.


The Archive encourages donations of personal papers, books, administrative files, correspondence, photographs, and artefacts. We are interested in anything that
documents the history and the work of the Catholic Church or the life or experience of Catholics, especially in the pre 1980 Auckland Diocese.

Exhibits and Tours

Two small historical exhibit areas are maintained by the archive. Four cases are contained in the Archive itself. Two cases are exhibited in Bishops House (Liston room). The Bishop’s Palace was built during 1892 – 1894. This historic house was designed by Pugin and Pugin Architects and is the best example of the Pugin style to be found in New Zealand.

Tours can be arranged by contacting the Archive staff. Payment by donation.


The rate for photocopying begins at $2.50 minimum per order for handling and postage on mailed orders and at : A4: $0.20, A3: $0.50, per page.

Copies of photographs, for sizes 5×7 and 8×10: $20 each, A3 $30.

Reproduction for publication of photographic images and textual records is assessed as follows: $20 per image or document for non profit use; for trade use, by negotiation.

Acknowledgement of source (ACDA) is required.

Historical Research

For researchers attending the Archive the yearly registration fee is $25. For written replies to inquiries $25 per hour.

Researchers using materials from the Archives are asked to donate a copy of their work (books, articles, class papers, documentary, etc.)

Genealogical research

Microfiche of sacramental records $10 per sheet. $8 per printout if Microfiche number is supplied, otherwise $10 a printout. To photocopy an original entry from a Register:
$20 per page, Certificates: $10 for A5; $15 for A4; $18 for overseas orders.

Fit For Mission

The Diocesan Pastoral plan was launched in parishes,
schools and communities at Pentecost 2014.
It is a five year plan, urging all to live their baptismal call to mission.

Click here to access resources and ideas to implement the Plan.


For Mass times, parish contact details and a searchable map application, click here »

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Private Bag 47 904, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144
Aotearoa - New Zealand
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