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The J T Diamond West Auckland History Collection

2017

Jack Diamond’s devotion to local history showcases the life of Māori and Pākehā in West Auckland, as well as West Auckland industries. As an amateur historian and archaeologist he devoted over 60 years of his life to building this collection.

From the late 1920’s Jack ventured out to the West Coast on expeditions that inspired him to document the stories and landscapes of the Waitakere Ranges. Over his ensuing lifetime he compiled his research of the industrial, archaeological and social history of the West into a collection that spans over 150 years of the region’s history. The collection provides the most complete record of the region’s heavy clay and pottery industries between 1940 and 1980, and the most significant documentary record of the kauri timber industry in the Waitakere Ranges between 1830 and 1940.

Archive Location

Demolition of Glenburn works, Avondale, (Jack Diamond hunting for artefacts) c1969. J T Diamond West Auckland History Collection, West Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries.

Rail deviation construction, Glen Eden, 1954. J T Diamond West Auckland History Collection, West Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries.

Elephant walking along Great North Road, Glendene, 1954. J T Diamond West Auckland History Collection, West Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries.

J T Diamond West Auckland History Collection, West Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries.

Clay quarry at New Lynn, March 1965. J T Diamond West Auckland History Collection, West Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries.

Plan Book: Driving and Holding Dams, BWH and JTD Field Trips 1974. J T Diamond West Auckland History Collection, West Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries.

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Catalogue Record

Waitakere Central Library, Auckland