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The Society has a growing library of books, magazines and audio tapes, that are available to members. A large number of the books and tapes are available for postal borrowing within New Zealand. A reference library is available for research at some meetings and by members at other times by arrangement.


Meetings are held periodically at which the Society's library and other resources will be available. Some of these meetings will also have a guest speaker. The meetings are held in Auckland.

A meeting programme is currently being developed for 2022, please either revisit this page or contact the Society for details.

Our next meeting will be:

11am, Sunday 13th March: Visit to Ewelme Cottage, 14 Ayr St, Newmarket.

Ewelme Cottage

Built by the Rev Lush in the 1800s. Owned by Heritage New Zealand - a link to a description of the cottage is here 

Google it for a view of the cottage and its history.

A guide, Diane, will show us around the Cottage.

We will picnic on the lawn: Bring your own food, drink and folding chair.

Also mask, vaccine pass, distancing.

Please inform Don or email the Society if you are attending.

The Society's AGM is held in June each year.

The Fencible Bugle.

Six bi-monthly magazines are issued to members, which contain Fencible related articles, details of meetings and new members interests.

September October 2021

  • Notable Events in Auckland Part 6                          p27
  • Excursion to the Boiling Springs Part 5                   p29
  • Sacramental Certificates                                         p30
  • Mr Charles Joseph Hare                                         p31
  • School Children                                                       p31
  • Retrieval of Irish Archives                                        p33
  • Early Auckland Memories of Mrs Fanny Hill            p34
  • Theodore Minet Haultain                                         p35
  • Fencible Meeting Dates for 2021/22                       p36 

Distribution is by PDF attached to an email

Members joining during the year will receive back copies of the current Volume 

Back copies of the Fencible Bugle - $5 per volume (year) plus $2 postage

Name and subject indexes to the Fencible Bugle - $1 per volume plus $2 postage


The Royal New Zealand Fencibles 1847-1852.

Published in 1997 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Fencibles to New Zealand.

The book is comprised of two sections. Part one records the events that gave rise to their formation, the terms and establishment of the corps and the history and development of the Fencible villages: Part two contains brief biographies in essay form of the Fencible men and their families. Included is a large number of photographs, documents, maps and pictures.

It is A4 in size, 256 pages, soft cover at a cost of $30 including packaging and courier within NZ. Overseas prices on application.

The book can be obtained by emailing us for bank account details for funds transfer. 


The Royal New Zealand Fencibles were a troop of retired soldiers who enlisted from England and Ireland, embarking upon their journey to New Zealand at Governor Grey’s request.  Civil unrest in this fledgling country provoked Governor Grey and Governor Fitzroy to call for “men in receipt of pensions... of good character... under 48 years of age, with a minimum of 15 years service”, during the years 1847-1852.  The candidates approved were enrolled to serve in our country for seven years, and travelled with their families on one of the ten Fencible ships.

This book records their arrival in New Zealand and the establishment of the four Auckland based villages designed for the Royal N.Z. Fencibles – Onehunga, Howick, Panmure and Otahuhu.  A number of interesting photographs, documents, maps and pictures are included.  The final section of the book compiles a collection of dossiers researched and donated by members of the NZ Fencible Society.  Included are biographies of the Fencibles, their wives and families.

This book has been written to record and preserve the history of the ‘Royal N.Z. Fencible Corps’ for future researchers, historians and genealogists.


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