Due to weather events Elma Turner Library Pop-Up and Stoke Library are closing at 4:30pm Wednesday 17 August.

Museum of Wellington

City and Sea


Research - The Research Curator will respond to written enquiries (letter/email/fax) but there may be some delays as some material is not on-site.


Basic enquiries: a donation is requested and a recommended amount suggested to cover research, photocopying and postage. Extended enquiries: some charges may apply; researchers will be notified in advance.


The Research Curator


  • Comber Index of Shipping Arrivals (original) and lists of pre-1880 Wellington ship arrivals.
  • Watt's Index of New Zealand Registered Vessels 1840-1950 with appendices on shipowners and masters.
  • Photograph collection - NZ and overseas shipping c 1880s -.
  • Ephemera collection - brochures, menus, tickets, etc from NZ and overseas shipping.
  • Extensive maritime library including references on NZ shipping/shipping companies, shipwrecks, ports, overseas shipping, plus complete set of journal NZ Marine News . Union Steam Ship Company Archives Personnel Records; Series 15/2 Marital Census of Deck, Engine and Providore Ratings 1924.

Information on items held in the Collection is being systematically added to the Museum's database along with digital images to increase access for staff and members of the public.