What is a Directory?
In general terms a directory is an extended version of our current day white
pages and yellow pages combined (without the telephone numbers). They list many
thousands of people's names together with their occupation and addresses ... but
also so much more.
What information does Wise's New Zealand
Post Office Directory contain?
The Wise's directories were known to be one of the most comprehensive in their
coverage, covering the whole of New Zealand, not just the major populations, all
the regional towns are included too. You will find details of many thousands of
people, together with their occupation and residence. You can also find out more
details about place in which they lived, the other residents in the town, and
the services available in the region ... all of which help to paint a picture of
your ancestors life. There are also directories for banking and finance, legal,
municipal, ecclesiastical, insurance, educational, medical, pastoral and
What areas are covered by this Directory?
This Alphabetical Directory covers the whole of New Zealand, as does the Town
and District Directories. There are City Street Directories for Auckland,
Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and Wellington, these lists heads of
households house-by-house, street-by-street.
How can this Directory help me?
Directories are an extremely useful tool for establishing when and where
a person lived however this is just a starting point, look further in the
directory to find out more information about the society in which they lived,
the occupation they held and the people they knew. Using this directory will
give you the names of the householder street-by-street for a number of regions.
The Alphabetical section lists all householders alphabetical by surname,
together with their occupation and residence. The town and district section
lists the towns alphabetically, together with the householder, and their
occupation. You will also find the trade directory useful, as it lists everyone
alphabetically by trade, together with their address. There are government,
legal, ecclesiastical, banking, municipal and pastoral directories included as
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has
been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed,
enlarged and printed out if required.