The J T Diamond West Auckland History Collection
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.