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Friends of the Hocken

Establishment of The Friends

The Friends were established in 1991 to:

  • Promote public awareness of, and support for, the various collections, services and publications of the Hocken Collections
  • Encourage financial support of the Library and
  • Provide an umbrella organisation for all persons having an interest in the Hocken Collections

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Major projects the Society has funded include:

  • Purchase of a special microfilm reader-printer
  • Microfilming records of the Otago Provincial Council and Southland Provincial Council
  • Microfilming the files of the Mataura Ensign
  • Publication of A Journal of Their Own: An Index to "Art in New Zealand," 1928-1946
  • Computerisation of the Otago Daily Times headline indexes for the period 1946-1980

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The Society publishes a newsletter for its members: Flotsam and Jetsam. This is usually published three times a year and is devoted to news and information about exhibitions, publications, acquisitions and other activities, and to occasional articles relating to Dr Hocken and the establishment of the Library.

The Society also produces informative four-page bulletins which feature various aspects of the Library's holdings: Welcome to the Hocken - Bulletins of the Friends of the Hocken Collections

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Meetings and annual dinner

Annual meetings are held each August and a management committee meets about five times a year.

In addition, the Friends hold a commemorative dinner each year on 2 September, the anniversary of the date on which Dr Hocken signed the Deed of Trust presenting his library to the people of New Zealand. A different historical theme and venue are selected each year, and the Society uses this annual occasion to promote the Hocken Collections among various sections of the community.

Application to join Friends of the Hocken Collections Inc (49K in PDF format)

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