In the early 1860's William Rawson Brame had a vision to establish a classless, nonconformist society in New Zealand.

On May 29th 1862 the migrant ships "Matilda Wattenbach" and "Hanover" departed from the London Docks bound for the Albertland Settlement in New Zealand with the first of over 3000 settlers.

The Albertland Story chronicles their trials and tribulations.

The Heritage Centre at the Albertland and Districts Museum in Wellsford houses extensive records, memorabilia, artifacts, and other items relating to Albertland from the 1860's.

MAY 29th - Museum Closed
We will be celebrating the 154th Albertland Anniversary at the Port Albert Hall on Sunday 29th with a luncheon at midday and lantern slide show at 2.00 pm

Location Map for Port Albert Hall can be viewed on the Notice Board (top right)

Museum will be closed Sunday May 29th - feel free to join us at the Port Albert Hall.
 A few tickets for the luncheon are still available.

More information on the Notice Board and Coming Events (top right)

The May newsletter can be read here by going to the notice board, top right of this homepage.

The 154th annual celebration of the first contingent of Albertlanders departing the London docks will be held at the Port Albert Hall. For more info click on  our Coming Events tab (top right of this screen)

 or email

Click on this link to Search our collections online
"View Our Online Collections" 
You will be taken to the comprehensive search page where you can search for People, Places, events, using key words.

There are even instructions on how to order images online and the opportunity to make comments or request information.