Archives New Zealand
Use Archives New Zealand’s Archway to find digitised government records including passenger lists, probates, military archives, police gazettes, naturalisation information, land information, maps, plans, and more.
Births, Deaths & Marriages
Search for births that occurred 100+ years ago, marriages that occurred 80+ years ago, and deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago.
Buller District Council’s Cemetery Database
Search burial records for the Buller District by surname, date, or keywords. NB: Records for the Lyell Cemeteries are not available online.
Explore over 30 million digital items – videos, newspapers, maps, audio recordings, artworks, news reports, and more – from over 200 organisations around New Zealand.
Heritage New Zealand
Search the New Zealand Heritage List for information about Aotearoa’s significant heritage places, including those in the Buller District.
The Internet Archive is a digital library of free books, video, images, and more. There are over 20 million downloadable books and texts and 2.3 million modern eBooks that can be borrowed and read in the online reader.
Kete West Coast
The Kete was created to enable groups and individuals to share their memories, stories, and activities of the West Coast. The content – including over 3,000 images – was migrated to eHive in July 2022.
National Library of New Zealand
Use keywords (Buller, Westport, Reefton, etc.) to search the online catalogue for newspapers, books, photographs, maps, journals, manuscripts, and more. Many of these can be viewed online and copies of other items (e.g., newspaper articles) can be requested via their ‘Ask a Librarian’ service.
New Zealand History
This site features information and resources on New Zealand people, places, events, and topics, including the Memorials register and the South African War embarkment roll.
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Use keywords (Buller, Westport, Reefton, etc.) to search the online catalogue for sound and moving image items.
Search back issues of local papers including the Charleston Argus (1867), Inangahua Times (1877 – 1919), Lyell Times and Central Buller Gazette (1885 – 1886), and Westport Times (1868 – 1886).
This site contains 500,000 arial photographs from 1936 to 2005. Typing an address into the search box and selecting one of the suggestions will open a map and images of that location.
Stats NZ Store House
The Store House contains electronic and digitised publications which are not on the Statistics New Zealand website, including the New Zealand Official Yearbooks 1886-2010 and the Census of Population and Dwellings 1871-1956.
Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions, and society.
Te Papa’s online collection includes over 190,000 images, with over 60,000 available for high resolution download. There is also a wealth of information on related people, places, topics, and research.
West Coast New Zealand History
This site, launched in 2015, contains a large selection of photographs from around the West Coast. Most of the images have been transferred from West Coast South Island History, a private Facebook group with over 20,000 members (see below).
West Coast South Island History
A private Facebook group with over 20,000 members who share and discuss historic photographs from around the West Coast. as reference books to be used within the library for preservation reasons.