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Society of Mary - Marist Archives

About Society of Mary - Marist Archives

The Marist Fathers and Brothers

Archives Holdings
The archives held relate to the Society of Mary in New Zealand and its contribution to the history of the Roman Catholic Church in New Zealand and overseas mission fields.

The Archives holds a wide range of material including administrative records, personal papers, biographical information on members of the Congregation, photographs, maps, plans, architectural drawings, audio-visual and sound recordings and glass lantern slides as well as a reference library and a number of objects.

Significant Collections
• Society of Mary in New Zealand Provincial administration records
• Collection assembled at Mount St Mary’s Seminary, Greenmeadows including early history of the Mission Estate Winery
• Select reference material on the Maori Missions and Missions in Oceania from the arrival of the first Marist missionaries in 1838
• Fr Emmet McHardy sm, missionary in Bougainville 1929-1932, correspondence and ethnographic material
• Complete sets of three publications, the monthly magazine Marist Messenger (1931-current), the Māori Mission magazine WhareKura (1909-1928) and the Māori Mission quarterly Whiti Ora (1948-1993)
• A small quantity of literary papers from Pat Lawlor, Eileen Duggan and the Catholic Writers’ Movement (1940 – c.1949)
• Published histories of parishes with a Marist presence

Please note that the Marist Archives does not hold sacramental records. Please contact the parish or diocese concerned.

Requests for information need to be submitted in writing. They are to include the requester’s address and the relationship to the person about whom information is requested (when applicable).

Physical access is granted only to bona fide researchers and is subject to the agreement to the terms and conditions laid out in the Marist Archives Access Agreement.

Research visits by appointment only.

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Facilities and services

Contributor type:

  • Religious organisation

Archive types:

  • Ethnic records/archives
  • Māori archives
  • Personal papers
  • Religious archives


There are no fixed charges for access to the Archives, except when Archives’ material is used for commercial purposes. Donations for copying and research to help offset costs of running and maintaining the Archives are welcomed.

Visitor information

Opening hours:

Research visits by appointment only.

Contact details

Contact person:


Ground Floor - 219 Thorndon Quay

Postal address:

PO Box 12195
Wellington 6144

Phone number:

  • +64 4 4710600

Website address: