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The archives database contains descriptions of over 304,000 records that have been transferred from former local authorities within the Auckland region to Auckland Council Archives. The earliest records date from 1852.

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You can also search the archives database and view the records by visiting one of our offices.

For any assistance on the search criteria and how the archival system works, contact us.


Search the 1908 City of Auckland map

The 1908 map is a significant and unique record of Auckland City's history and early infrastructure. The map portrays an exciting period in the city's development and documents the progress of a growing city. 

Images of the map can also be accessed using the options below and are available for purchase, see Council archives imaging services


Search the index resources

You can search these archives, which are helpful to genealogical, social and local history researchers.

See more on the general types of records that may be of use in your family history research.

Select the archive resource below to search and learn more.

Burgess rolls

  • Burgess Rolls for the City of Auckland Database 1872-1892
  • Cemetery and burial records

  • Otahuhu Cemetery Applications for Burial Warrants Database 1921-1925
  • Register of Burials Otahuhu Cemetery 1894-1922
  • Waikaraka Cemetery Record Book 1890-1906
  • Property and rate books

  • Auckland City Council Property Book c1880
  • Mount Albert Rate Books Database 1867-1884
  • Parnell Borough Council Ratebooks 1873-1900 Database
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    Registers

  • Auckland City Council Motor Register Database 1913-1919
  • Auckland City Council Bicycle Register Database 1910-1923  
  • Auckland City Council Engineers Department Register of Employees 1901-1930
  • Auckland City Council License Register of Plumbers and Drain Connectors Database 1904-1921
  • City of Auckland Licensing District Register of Applicants 1901-1920
  • Lock Hospital Register Book 1883-1886
  • Packet and Publicans' Licences 1900-1962
  • Register of Licences: Drivers, Porters, Carriages, Carters 1895-1899
  • Auckland City Council Register of Secondhand Dealers 1929-1936
  • Valuation rolls and lists

  • Auckland City Council Valuation Roll Database 1908-1909
  • Devonport Borough Council Valuation Lists Index 1887-1898
  • Eden Terrace Road Board Valuation Rolls 1883-1903
  • Karangahape Highway Board Valuation Book 1882-1883
  • Borough of Newton Valuation Lists Database 1887-1888
  • Orakei Road Board Valuation Rolls 1912 and 1920
  • Otahuhu Borough Council Valuation Rolls 1886-1908 
  • Parnell Borough Council Valuation Lists 1897-1901 Index Database
  • Ponsonby Highway District Board Valuation List 1882-1883
  • Remuera Road Board Valuation Rolls Database 1898-1913
  • Tamaki West Road Board Valuation Roll 1920
  • War records


    Auckland City Council Bicycle Register Database 1910-1923

    Find out more about bicycle licence registrations from 1910-1923.

    Search the Auckland City Council Bicycle Register Database 1910-1923.

    This database is a full transcript of entries in the registers and is searchable by name, address and date. For more information, please contact us.


    Burgess Rolls for the City of Auckland Database 1872-1892

    These burgess rolls are a record of all adults living in owned or occupied rateable property in the City of Auckland between the years of 1872-1873, 1882-1884 and 1890-1892.

    Search the Burgess Rolls for the City of Auckland Database 1872-1892.

    This database is a transcript of most of the information recorded in the burgess rolls. For more information, please contact us


    Auckland City Council Engineers Department Register of Employees 1901-1930

    This register lists all employees of the Auckland City Council City Engineers Department between 1901-1930.

    Search the Auckland City Council Engineers Department Register of Employees 1901-1930.

    This database is only a partial transcript of details, for full details of any particular entry you may visit us.


    City of Auckland Licensing District Register of Applications 1901-1920

    This register is a record of City of Auckland licensing applications between 1901-1920. 

    Search the City of Auckland Licensing District Register of Applicants 1901-1920.

    This database is only a partial transcript of details, for full details of any particular entry you may visit us.


    Auckland City Council Motor Register Database 1913-1919

    This register includes details of private motor car and motorcycle drivers and drivers of motor cars used as taxi-cabs and motor delivery vans.

    Search the Auckland City Council Motor Register Database 1913-1919.

    This database is a full transcript of the entries in the register.  For further information, please contact us.


    Auckland City Council License Register of Plumbers and Drain Connectors 1904-1921

    This register contains details of the licenses issued to plumbers and drain connectors between 1904 and 1921. 

    The types of licenses in the register include full plumbers licenses, provisional plumbers licenses (issued only until 2 April 1906) and drain connectors licenses.

    Search the Auckland City Council License Register of Plumbers and Drain Connectors Database 1904-1921

    This database is a partial transcript of entries. For full details of any particular entry, you may visit us to view the book.


    Auckland City Council Register of Secondhand Dealers 1929-1936

    This register was kept by Auckland City Council and records the details of secondhand dealers operating within the city from 1929-1936.

    Search the Auckland City Council Register of Second Hand Dealers Database 1929-1936

    This database is a full transcript of the register. For further information, please contact us.


    Auckland City Council Valuation Roll Database 1908-1909

    This database is created from transcribed content from the Auckland City Council 1908-1909 valuation rolls.  The rolls include name, occupation, street name, property and legal description and rateable value.

    Search the Auckland City Council Valuation Roll Database 1908-1909.

    This database is a partial transcript of the valuation rolls. For full details of entries in the valuation rolls, you may visit us.


    Auckland City Council Property Book c1880

    Browse this property book to see details on the leasing of council endowment properties located within the central city area.

    Search the Auckland City Council Property Book c1880.

    The database is a partial transcript and is searchable by name (of present and previous lessees) and/or location of property, ie street or section. To view full details of entries in the book, you may visit us.

    Plans showing the location of the properties are also part of the property book and these appear within the database alongside the entries to which they relate. Alternatively, there is a separate search that you can use to search these plans by title.


    Casualty Department Nominal Rolls of Service Personnel Returning to New Zealand 1916

    This database has been compiled from information transcribed from an Auckland City Council Town Clerks file [ACC 275/16-460]. 

    These nominal rolls are for service personnel returning to New Zealand in 1916. The rolls record the details of individuals who were either wounded, invalid or returning for new commissions.

    Search the Casualty Department Nominal Rolls of Service Personnel Returning to New Zealand Index


    Devonport Borough Council Valuation Lists Index 1887-1898

    These valuation lists provide details of properties, property owners and occupiers in Devonport from 1887-1898.

    Search the Devonport Borough Council Valuation Lists Index 1887-1898

    This database is a full transcript of the valuation lists.  For further information, please contact us.


    Eden Terrace Road Board Valuation Rolls 1883-1903

    These valuation rolls provide details on each property in the Eden Terrace Road District area for 1883-1903.

    Search the Eden Terrace Road Board Valuation Rolls 1883-1903.

    This database is a full transcript of the record. For more information, please contact us.


    Karangahape Highway Board Valuation Book 1882-1883

    This valuation book provides details of each separate property in the Karangahape Highway Board area for 1882-1883.

    Search the Karangahape Highway Board Valuation Book 1883.

    This database is a full transcript of the record. For more information, please contact us.


    Lock Hospital Register Book 1883-1886

    This register book contains admission details to Lock Hospital from 1883-1886, established under terms of the Contagious Disease Act, 1869.

    Search the Lock Hospital Register Book 1883-1886.

    This database is only a partial transcript of details, for full details of any particular entry you may visit us.


    Mount Albert Rate Books Database 1867-1884

    These rate books from 1867-1884 cover rates information for the Mount Albert Highway District.

    Search the Mount Albert Highway District Rate Books 1867-1884.

    This database is a partial transcript of entries. For full details of any particular entry, you may visit us.


    Borough of Newton Valuation Lists Database 1887-1888

    These valuation lists cover the former Newton Borough Council between 1887-1888.

    Search the Borough of Newton Valuation Lists Database 1887-1888.

    This database is a full transcript of the valuation books. For more information, please contact us.


    Volunteers from Onehunga and Mangere districts who served in the Boer War Index

    This index database has been compiled from information transcribed from a picture from the Onehunga Borough Council which has fifteen individual mounted photographs of the men who served in various contingents of the mounted infantry during the Boer War.

    Search the Volunteers from Onehunga and Mangere districts who served in the Boer War Index

    This database is a full transcript. For more information, please contact us.


    Orakei Road Board Valuation Rolls 1912 and 1920

    These valuation rolls provide details on each property in the Orakei Board area for the years 1912 and 1920.

    Search the Orakei Road Board Valuation Rolls 1912 and 1920.

    This database is a full transcript of the valuation rolls. For more information, please contact us.


    Otahuhu Cemetery Applications for Burial Warrants Database 1921-1925

    Otahuhu Cemetery is located at Atkinson Avenue, Otahuhu. The first burial was recorded in 1894 and the cemetery is still operational.

    These applications for burial warrant forms are for persons buried from 1921 to 1925 and had to be completed before an interment warrant could be issued. They contain similar information as is found in a burial register.

    Search the Otahuhu Cemetery Applications for Burial Warrants Database 1921-1925.

    The database is a partial transcript. For full details of entries in the record book, you may visit us. These details include cause of death, religion, fees and name of applicant.

    See also Register of Burials Otahuhu Cemetery 1894-1922.


    Otahuhu Borough Council Valuation Rolls 1886-1908

    This database provides details of each separate property in the Otahuhu Road District area for 1886 and 1908.

    Search the Otahuhu Borough Council Valuation Rolls 1886-1908.

    This database is a full transcript of the record. For more information, please contact us.


    Packet and Publicans' Licences Database 1900-1962

    This database contains details of publicans' licences for the Ellerslie Hotel for 1900-1960, the Panmure Hotel, Star & Garter Hotel for 1902-1938, and Masonic Hotel and The Esplanade Hotel for 1905-1944. 

    The database also contains packet licenses issued by Devonport Borough Council to vessels owned by Settlers’ Steamship Company and later Northern Steam Ship Company. 

    Packet ships were vessels that operated on regular routes carrying passengers, freight and mail packets from one port to another.  A packet license authorised the master of a packet ship to sell liquor to passengers during the voyage.

    Search the Packet and Publicans' Licences Database 1900-1962.

    This database is a full transcript of the record. For more information, please contact us.


    Parnell Borough Council Valuation Lists 1897-1901 Index Database

    These valuation lists from 1897-1901 cover the former Parnell Borough Council and were prepared to meet the requirements of the Rating Act 1894.

    Search the Parnell Borough Council Valuation Lists 1897-1901 Index Database.

    This database is a partial transcript of entries. For full details of any particular entry, you may visit us.


    Parnell Borough Council Rate Books 1873-1900 Index Database

    These rate books from 1873-1900 contain rates information for the former Parnell Borough Council.

    Search the Parnell Borough Council Ratebooks 1873-1900 Database.

    This database is a partial transcript of entries. For full details of any particular entry, you may visit us.


    Ponsonby Highway District Board Valuation List 1882-1883

    These valuation lists from 1882-1883 cover the former Ponsonby Highway District Board.

    Search the Ponsonby Highway District Board Valuation List 1882-1883.

    This database is a full transcript of the record. For more information, please contact us.


    Register of Burials Otahuhu Cemetery 1894-1922

    This database contains records of burials in Otahuhu Cemetery from 1894-1922.

    Search the Register of Burials Otahuhu Cemetery 1894-1922.

    This database is a full transcript of the record. For more information, please contact us.

    See also Otahuhu Borough Council Applications for Burial Warrants 1921-1925.


    Register of Licences: Drivers, Porters, Carriages, Carters 1895-1899

    This register contains details of drivers, porters, carters, private carts, carriages, tram conductors and tram drivers from 1895-1899.

    Search the Register of Licences: Drivers, Porters, Carriages, Carters 1895-1899.

    This database is only a partial transcript of details. For full details of any particular entry, you may visit us to view the register.


    Remuera Road Board Valuation Rolls Database 1898-1913

    This database provides details on each separate property in the Remuera Road area between 1898-1901 and 1912-1913.

    Search the Remuera Road Board Valuation Rolls 1898-1901, 1912-1913.

    This database is a partial transcript of the valuation rolls. For full details of any particular entry, you may visit us.


    Tamaki West Road Board Valuation Roll 1920

    This database provides details on each separate property in the Tamaki West Road area for the year 1920.

    Search the Tamaki West Road Board Valuation Roll 1920.

    This database is a full transcript of the valuation roll. For more information, please contact us.


    Auckland City Council Wage Book for Men in Service in World War I 1916-1919

    This wage book records the wages paid to some Auckland City Council employees serving in World War I and covers the period from 1916 to 1919.

    Search the Auckland City Council Wage Book for Men in Service in World War I 1916-1919.

    This database is a partial transcript of the record. For full details of entries in the wage book, you may visit the Auckland Council archives research room.

    Where possible, images of the listed employees have been obtained and included in the database.


    Waikaraka Cemetery Record Book 1890-1906

    This burial register for Waikaraka Cemetery contains information about people buried in the cemetery from 1890-1906.

    Search the Waikaraka Cemetery Record Book 1890-1906.

    The database is a partial transcript. For full details of entries in the record book, you may visit us.


    World War I memorials and honour boards

    The following databases have been created from content transcribed from the war memorials and honour boards or from records the Auckland Council Archives holds about these memorials.

    Our focus has often been on war memorials that were erected with some involvement by the former local authorities in the Auckland region.

    Additional research into the names of soldiers from the memorials has also been conducted and this information is displayed where available.

    This database contains information from a number of sources and will be added to over time. Records include:

    Search all World War I related index databases. This search enables searching across all World War I related indexes.

    For more information, please contact us.

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