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Birkenhead Historical Museum


44 Mahara Avenue, Birkenhead


(09) 483 7160

Over the years since its inception, the Birkenhead Historical Society has been given many interesting artifacts and documents. Some of these were first displayed in Cliff Utting's old dairy, our first "little museum", about 50 metres further up the road from the current site. This particular area was once strawberry fields and gardens before the farm was subdivided for houses, the War Memorial Park and bush reserves.

The present museum is situated on the site of an old ensilage pit. The "little museum" was demolished and the Society had to endeavor to find a building suitable for a museum. Anne Farrington came to the rescue, with the gift of a house which had been lived in by the Farrington family for four generations and needed to be moved. The Council leased a site on the edge of the War Memorial Park to the society and in 1993 the house was moved to its present site.

Many hours, weeks, months and years of voluntary work were put in by a dedicated band of members to restore Farrington House, named after the long serving President of the Society, Edward Farrington. The Museum was officially opened on December 21 1997.

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