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New Zealand Fencible Society Incorporated
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 may be available. Some of these meetings will also have a guest speaker. The meetings will be mainly in Auckland but if possible will also be held in other centres in New Zealand.  Please contact the Society if you wish to hold a meeting in your area.   

Programme for 2019 

June 8th Saturday, 10.00am Panmure Library, Pilkington Rd.

10am till 10.45am Research.

11.00am Annual General Meeting.

Noon Guest Speaker: John Steele.

Subject: Rev John Purchas

1pm Pot Luck Lunch. Please bring a plate.

Tea and Coffee provided.

1.30pm till 3pm Research.


August 10/11 Saturday/Sunday, All Day.

Auckland Family History Expo.

Fickling Convention Centre,

548 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings.

Free Entry to hear Guest Speakers and see ExhibitsDisplays by well known Genealogy Organisations


October 12th Saturday, 10.00 St Peters Church, Onehunga Mall.  Until 2pm.

10.30am Walk/Talk to the Catholic Cemetery

2pm Guest Speaker: Don Gallagher.

Subject: Royal New Zealadn Fencible Corps


November 23rd Saturday, TBA

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



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 the Fencibles 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 in the book are a large number of photographs, documents, maps and pictures. It is A4 in size, 256 pages, soft cover at a cost of $30 including p&p within NZ. Overseas prices on application. The book can be obtained from the Society's address.

Click here to download the order form (Microsoft Word document)

  • Back copies of the Fencible Bugle - $5 per volume (year) plus $1 postage
  • Name and subject indexes to the Fencible Bugle (to volume 15) - $1 per volume plus $1 postage

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Rootsweb mailing list for persons interested in the Royal New Zealand Fencibles. To subscribe in list mode click here

A companion web site for the mailing list. For details of the mailing list and links to other sites of interest to the Fencibles click here Mailing List Web Site

Howick Historical Village -   The award winning Howick Historical Village is a living museum presenting life in a Fencible Village during the early settlement of Europeans in Auckland. It was opened in 1980 by the Governor General , Sir Keith Holyoake. The village contains over 30 buildings brought together mainly from the fencible settlements of Auckland and lovingly restored by the Howick and Districts Historical Society members. 
Open every day from 10am to last admission at 4pm. Live days on the third Sunday of the month (except December). Lloyd Elsmore Park, Bells Road, Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand, Phone: (+64-9) 576 9506