Sir George Grey Special Collections

7-A3953, Heritage Images. Portrait of Sir George Grey, c1861.

About Sir George Grey

Information about Sir George Grey, whose gift forms a significant part of the Sir George Grey Special Collections. Read more

Image 7-C1945, Heritage Images. Jane Mander collection.

Collection features

Collection features highlight just some of the unique and interesting collections held at Sir George Grey Special Collections. Read more

7-C65, Heritage Images. P. Besomo. Phrenological chart of the head of Sir George Grey. Sydney: Builder Print, 1891.


Information about the posters, brochures, flyers, programmes, and other short-lived, ‘ephemeral’ items in Special Collections.  Read more

Real Gold. Auguste Racinet. Polychromatic ornament.

Exhibition archives

Details of past exhibitions from Sir George Grey Special Collections. Read more

Image 7-C1906, Heritage Images. Rossdhu Book of Hours.


Information about the manuscripts and archives collections in Sir George Grey Special Collections. Read more

NZ Map 5694b, Heritage Images. The isthmus of Auckland with its extinct volcanoes by Dr Ferdinand von Hochstetter 1859.


Sir George Grey Special Collections is home to a selection of rare and interesting maps and atlases.  Read more

GNZMS 296, Manuscripts Online. God Defend New Zealand.


The material in our music heritage collections is of historic interest, and relates to the development of New Zealand music.  Read more


Oral history

Special Collections possesses a small collection of oral history recordings. Read more

Image 34-Z151B, Heritage Images. Woman with camera.


The photograph collections contain over 500,000 images of New Zealand from the 1840s to the present day. Read more

7-C1890, Heritage Images. Robert Maunsell, A grammar of the New Zealand language (detail).

Rare books

Information about the New Zealand and international rare books collections held in Special Collections.  Read more

The Sir George Grey website.

Sir George Grey website

A selection of the items gifted to Auckland by Sir George Grey in 1887. Read more

Chums by David Christie Murray.

Research in residence

Find out about the research in residence scholarship. Read more

Sign for Sir George Grey Special Collections.

Location and hours

Central City Library, Level 2, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland Central. Phone: 09 377 0209 Read more

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