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Discover local secrets and stories at Auckland Libraries

Secrets of the past uncovered

Published: 4 October 2017

Take a look back at Dixieland’s raucous past, Long Bay’s isolated camp life and many more fascinating local heritage tales at Auckland Libraries’ free heritage talks and exhibitions between 30 September and 15 October, part of the Auckland Heritage Festival.

Hear the secrets of Dixieland’s rowdy past at The Dazzling Dixieland: Point Chevalier's Jazz Centre by the Sea which, for nearly 10 years, was the place for jazz, drinks, police raids and rumours of wild goings-on at the water's edge.

Chance your luck spotting a familiar face in central city library’s Rykenberg Photography Exhibition. The images beautifully capture Kiwi life in the 1950s and 1960s and come from the Sir George Grey Special Collections’ 7000 digitised Rykenberg photographs, featuring largely unidentified people.

Head beachside to Takapuna Library to hear The Best Days of our Lives: Holiday Life at Long Bay Motor Camp. Camp life at Long Bay Motor Camp was a 20th century holiday community in a little known paradise before transport development connected it with the city.

Discover the years of hard labour that went into Making the Upper Huia Dam 1926-1929 at Waitākere Central Library, featuring images from the Clarry Mills Collection held at Auckland Libraries' West Auckland Research Centre.

See how Waiheke has changed over time at Waiheke Community Library’s Mapping our Motu early hydrographic surveys, AA maps and satellite images.

Go back to a time when trams ruled the streets in the Transport in Mt Roskill exhibition at Mount Roskill Library. Or uncover The Mystery of the Mileposts at Papatoetoe War Memorial Library to find out the origin of a mysterious series of 22 mileposts erected between Auckland and Drury in 1863.

“It’s great to see our unique stories shared and celebrated at Auckland Libraries as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival,” says Darryl Soljan, Head of Community Libraries North & West.

“With four research centres and millions of items in our heritage collections, including photographs, newspapers, manuscripts, artworks and recorded music, we offer Aucklanders extensive history and research resources. Head to your local library to find out more about our past.”

Discover your local secrets at Auckland Libraries, see for more information on Auckland Heritage Festival events.