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Digitised images from Hamilton's past

Check out some great shots from times past - both the Historical events and the everyday moments - see Hamilton as it was with selected images from the thousands held in the Information & Heritage historic photographs collection at Hamilton City Libraries. 

There are photographs of the devastation caused by the Frankton Tornado, paddle steamers on the Waikato River and lots, lots more, all at the click of a mouse. And if that is not enough there are another 13,000 photographs waiting to be viewed on Level 3 of the Garden Place Library.....

...but wait, there's more coming here too! New images are picked & uploaded for you to preview as more of our images are digitised - so keep checking back for more new (old!) pictures!

 We have made every effort to contact copyright holders and owners, but if you have any concerns, or if you have any further information about any of the items, please let us know.

The Hamilton City Libraries Historic Photographs collection would not exist without the many generous lenders and donors that have contributed. If you have material that you would like to donate or lend to us so that we can copy it, please contact us or visit the Heritage department on Level 3 of the Garden Place library.


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University of Waikato 1966.
In 2014 the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, will celebrate its 50th anniversary. This is a brief history
G.E. Clark & Sons Ltd. 1939.
Mr George Edward Clark was born in Cambridgeshire England in 1840 and came to New Zealand in 1864. After a short
Henry Herbert Howden.
Jeweller and Watchmaker HH Howden Henry Herbert Howden was born in Auckland in 1868. His father, James Howden, was a jeweller and
The three Hamilton Hotels.
    Hamilton Hotel 1865 - 1874 The first Hamilton Hotel, for there have been three, was opened in March of
Public Square, East Hamilton, 1864.
A recreation ground for East Hamilton Part of an 1864 map of East Hamilton showing Public Square lot 410 Originally taken
William Cumming's Waikato Brewery plot.
Waikato Brewery was established by William Cumming in 1873 at the river end of Cook Street in Hamilton East. It
Hamilton West School, 1907.
The Development of Schooling in Hamilton
A brief summary of some popular historic boats on the Waikato River
1973,Te Winika’s final journey to the Waikato Museum of Art and History (HCL9196)..
Waikato taniwha rau, he piko he taniwha, he piko he taniwha, Waikato of a hundred chiefs. At every bend a

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8. Waikato River from Hamilton East.

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