New Zealand Post Office Directory 1931 (Wise)

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (2429 pages)
Author: H. Wise
Year: (1931) 2009
ISBN: 9781742226873
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

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 sex 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 the legal, Commission of the Peace, medical, ecclesiastical, educational, pastoral and agricultural, and local government sectors.

What areas are covered by this Directory?
This Alphabetical Directory covers the whole of New Zealand, as does the Towns Directory. There are City Street Directories for Ashburton, Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dannevirke, Dunedin, Fiedling, Gisborne, Gore, Greymouth, Hamilton, Hastings, Hawera, Hutt Lower, Invercargill, Mangere, Masterton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Oamaru, Otahuhu, Palmerston North, Petone, Timaru, Wanganui, Wellington, and Whangarei– these list heads of the households house-by-house, and 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 Towns 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 well.


  • AIREDALE. OTAGO.  5 m N W fr Oamaru; rail to Weston, th mtr.
  • Waitaki co. Rural del fr Oamaru
  • Ballantyne Wm H, fmr
  • Elder Finlay C,
  • Fox Jno B, fmr
  • Frew Jas, fmr

This CD contains high quality scanned images of the original book, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.

Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
Adobe Reader 6 or later is recommended for CDs with searchable text

Click here to download a file of sample pages from this book. Right click on the link and select "save as" - to a location on your hard drive. The sampler can be opened, navigated and searched as with the full CD file/s. Sample files usually contain the title page, contents, some introductory pages and sample pages from the body of the book. Often the complete index from the original book is included.

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