Sunday, September 23, 2012

The New Zealand Founders Society

(Here's some information on one of the longest-lasting heritage societies in the country -- New Zealand Founders.)

Updated 6 Feb 2019

 What is New Zealand Founders Society? 

The Society is a heritage society established in 1939 by a group of prominent Wellingtonians to honour the work and achievements of our pioneer ancestors who arrived in New Zealand before December 31st 1865 and whose contribution helped shape our nation and its history. 

We have branches around New Zealand – in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Wanganui, Wairarapa, Wellington and Canterbury. Our specialist reference library includes lists of ships and passengers arriving before 1865, family trees and histories and members records containing valuable genealogical information. 

We also have a Research Award to help with the publication of a work on national or local history.

We take an active interest in our country, which includes making submissions on topics of interest or concern, such as the Foreshore and Seabed Act, the establishment of a republic, a change to our national flag, the re-naming of geographical entities etc., and we assist in preserving historic places, buildings and monuments.

Who can join New Zealand Founders? Those who are descendants of persons who arrived in New Zealand before December 31st 1865.

Interested? For more information contact
New Zealand Founders Society at P.O. Box 14455, Kilburnie, Wellington 6147


  1. Good morning
    About ten years ago now I was just beginning researching my family and during a trip to the Auckland Museum I was talking to a gentleman by the name of David from the Founders Society who looked up a relative for me by the name of Francis McMahon of the 58th Regiment who we believed in Abercrombie Street Auckland, wife Louisa. I took some rough notes and believe his Regimental No. was 800 and that he was discharged 30 September 1854. Could you please tell me as to where Francis McMahon was born. From memory David looked this up in a little red book about the 58th Regiment. It was firmly believed it was Ireland but there is doubt in some circles about this. Thank you so much.
    Carol Wainhouse

    1. This isn't a page connected with that Society, Carol. You'll have to try writing to PO Box 14455, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6147