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Parnell Heritage Journals and Books for purchase.

Parnell Heritage Journals

Fascinating Records of Auckland’s First Suburb

Journal Issue 1 Includes:
– Forward by C.K. Stead
– Local hitching post dating from 1870’s
– Henry Matthew Nation, the first Mayor of Parnell
– Arthur Astin, WWI veteran and Museum stonemason
– Te Rauparaha’s internment on the Domain

Journal Issue 2 Includes:
– John Logan Campbell’s Kilbryde
– The Fitt Family 1845 – 1918
– Auckland Domain established in 1844
– William and Ann Boyd, early settlers of Parnell

Journal Issue 3 Includes:
– Robert Tod and the naming of Parnell
– Thomas Hancock, founder of the brewing empire
– Artist Don Binney
– Auckland Bowling Club

Journal Issue 4 Includes:
– Parnell and World War I
– Charles Heaphy
– Bishop Selwyn’s buildings
– Auckland’s Maori Hostelry

Journal Issue 5 Includes:
– Origins of Parnell Rose Gardens
– Charles Lorraine, Balloonist of Parnell
– Dressmaker Sarah Rugg
– Major von Tempsky – adventurer, artist, soldier and folk hero.

Journal Issue 6 Includes:
– Parnell Shakespeare Club
– Miss Chatty Atkyns, belle of Parnell
– History of Parnell Lawn Tennis Club
– Two unique Parnell buildings dating from 1848.

Journal Issue 7 Includes:

  • Parnell Borough Council
  • John Abbott and the Royal Foundation for the Blind
  • Frederick Ward Merriman
  • Parnell Station
  • Pharmacy in Parnell (Part 1)

Journal Issue 8 Includes:

  • Waipapa Tunnel
  • Lost Houses of Parnell
  • Auckland’s Earliest Hospital
  • Fraser’s Foundry Stanley Street
  • Pharmacy in Parnell (Part 2)
  • The Ernest and Marion Davis Library
  • Parnell’s Electric Trams

Parnell Baths Book

Published by Parnell Heritage with the support of the Waitemata Local Board, this lively and lavishly illustrated book celebrates 100 years of the Parnell Baths. Over the years Auckland Council has responded to changing social and economic times, upgrading the Baths to meet public demand. The book traces the transformation of what began as a fenced off area of the Waitemata harbour to a contemporary seawater pool surrounded by boardwalks and 1950s elegance. It tells the story of changing social attitudes to swimming, the challenges of maintaining water quality, changing fashions in swimwear, and the huge public support which sustained the Baths through uncertain times in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Book Price: $10

Mechanics Bay The First Twenty Years of Settlement

Parnell A Choice Villa Site

St Georges Bay and Judges Bay

Online Order Instructions

To buy an item listed above, please email enquiries@parnellheritage.org.nz giving your name, postal address and the item/quantities required.

Please pay online to:

  • 06 0237 0114081-00
  • Using your Surname and ‘Purchase Item’ as reference.

Contact Parnell Heritage at: PO Box 37100, Parnell, 1151.


  • Single Journal (2 – 8): $15 each
  • Journal 1: Inaugural Issue: $25
  • Parnell Baths book: $10
  • Mechanics Bay: The First Twenty Years of Settlement: 1840-1859: $14
  • Parnell: A Choice Villa Site: 1841-1859: $18
  • St Georges Bay and Judges Bay: 1841-1859: $18

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