Ellmore-Timms photographic collection
The Ellmore-Timms Collection is a large-scale photographic collection with over 150,000 negatives and paper prints. This collection contains everything you would expect photographic studios to produce during their time including weddings, sports teams, engagement portraits, commercial and industrial material, newborn portraits and community events.
Now Aotea Utanganui has the daunting task of cataloguing, cleaning, re-housing and digitising portions of this vast studio photographic collection. We aim to digitise 20-30% of the collection and completely preserve this collection by 2025.
We need your help
If you worked for the two photographic studios, Lester Timms or Rodney J. Ellmore in Hāwera, we would love to hear from you. If you have had your picture taken here, we would also like to hear your experiences. With over 150,000 individual photographic negatives, this remains one of the largest un-catalogued photographic collections in New Zealand. Click here to email the museum.
Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki is supported by a number of organisations helping us to achieve our mission. The F & E Rodie Charitable Trust have kindly sponsored the new ST ScanView III Microfilm scanner/reader for viewing, editing and interpreting old newspapers on microfilm. Thanks to Martin Smith (pictured) and Sheryl Sporle-Fahey from New Zealand Micrographics (NZMS), we are now able to offer our customers this research service. Click here to email the museum or call 0800 111 323 for a free test drive, you never know what you may find!
Thanks to the F & E Rodie Charitable Trust for funding this project.
Newspapers Available on Microfilm
Click on the banner to download a spreadsheet to search on titles we hold from the Patea Mail to Hāwera and Egmont Star.
Why use Papers Past?
The newspapers in Papers Past are a good source of information about the social and political events of the times. Researchers of family history and whakapapa (genealogy) will find the shipping news, births, deaths and marriages of interest. Advertising also features strongly. A range of South Taranaki newspapers are available on the site, making it a valuable source of information for researchers and general history buffs alike.
Search any of these Taranaki newspapers on Papers Past below:
|Paper titles||Date range|
|Hāwera and Normanby Star||1880-1924|
|Stratford Evening Post||1911-1936|
|Taranaki Daily News||1900-1920|
The Hāwera Star
On 11 January 2017, Aotea Utanganui became the kaitiaki/guardian of the Hāwera Star Newspaper & Photography Collection. It spans 138 Years of Hāwera Star Newspapers, bound and a complete series 1880-2018, and growing beyond this date too. While we are the kaitiaki of the collection, the legal ownership remains with Fairfax NZ Ltd (including copyright) in perpetuity (view the copyright policy here).
The photography collection spans approximately 40 years and includes prints, negatives, and printing-out-papers, 120 Medium format and 35mm Negatives. The quantity of the collection is approximately 1000 negatives. The collection also contains numerous publication booklets produced by the Hāwera Star over the years.
This is both a regionally significant collection because of its completeness, quality and ‘slice-of-life’ aspects showing happenings in small communities, and the research, collaboration, scholarship and potential engagement this collection has to offer our communities, will be felt long into the future.
Fairfax employees brought the collection to the Museum on Friday 17 February 2017. They had a van and two cars loading in Hāwera and unloading here in Pātea with the help of Aotea Utanganui staff and council volunteers. They made about four trips in total in order to bring the entire collection. The first load arrived at 8.30am and the last was 4.15pm.
The Livingston Baker Archive Room holds the photography collection, publications and the Hāwera Star bound copies from 1980 to 2017; and in Storeroom 1 are the bound copies from 1880 to 1979 on their original shelving from the Star building.
This newspaper and photography collection is the intellectual property of Fairfax Media. Contact the museum if you would like to undertake research or just look through the collection by calling 0800 111 323 or email.