Friday, August 20, 2010

Feilding Public Library

I visited this excellent Library a couple of years ago when on a field trip. My ancestors came to the Manchester Block in the early 1880's and settled first at Halcombe. The library has a room where researchers can read the local papers on film and they have drawers of photographs.

I didn't have a photograph of my grandfather and boy was I delighted to find a named photograph of him in one of the drawers. Following on from this wonderful event and knowing what his son-in-law looked like, I came across an unidentified group photograph with the two of them in it. The other members of the group were quickly identified. Such a valuable find.

The Feilding library doesn't appear to have all their photographs online, so I would recommend that if you are passing, do a physical search. However, they appear to be adding to their online collection at times. I've just checked back and found another one belonging to my family which I will order.
They say on their site:
Our online photograph collection is still under development. The photograph collection and index card to the Feilding Star will soon be searchable separately.

Feilding Public Library gets 10 out of 10 in my book. I must check back regularly.


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I have just had a quick check and found an index card listing for my husband's Bogun ancestors and I have sent off an email already.
    As I said before, I appreciate all you post on this blog.

  2. Thats great Marilyn, we have a lot in common. I would loved to have shared a talent for taking photographs with you as well. Oh well...