Electoral rolls, census and directories

Local Resources

Golden Bay Museum

  • New Zealand Electoral rolls on microfiche 1865-1905 (incomplete set); Golden Bay Electoral rolls 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1987

Motueka District Museum

  • Directories: Wises, Post Office directories

Nelson Family History Centre

  • Census:
    UK: 1841 - Middlesex; 1851 - Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Liverpool, London (booklets, fiche), Norfolk, Somerset, Warwickshire, Wiltshire;1861 - Middlesex; 1871 - London (some, in booklets); 1881 - all
    Ireland: 1831 - Londonderry; 1841 - Cavan; 1851 - Dublin City
    Scotland: 1881 - all

  • Electoral Rolls & Directories
    New Zealand
    Electoral rolls 1866, 1870,1875,1880,1881 (CD)1887,1893(CD),1899,1911,1914, 1922,1928,1935,1949,1960; General and Women 1893; Māori 1908, 1924,1949 (microfiche)
    Wise’s Postal Directories 1866-1953, 18 volumes, various dates.
    Stone’s Directories 1886, 1907, 1909, 1915.
    Australia
    Early Electoral Rolls - NSW (1903), Tasmania (1903), W. Australia (1901)

Nelson Provincial Museum

  • Electoral rolls for Nelson region 1854-1896. Electoral rolls for New Zealand 1865 - 1896 (microfilm).
  • Telephone directories for Nelson 1938 to present; Postal directories. Some prior to 1900 and an incomplete set until 1947.
  • Census for Nelson District 1845 and 1849.
  • Nelson Jury lists 1843-1861.
  • Nelson & district telephone exchange subscribers 1902, c.1919, c.1922.

Nelson Public Libraries

  • Electoral rolls for Nelson, 1963 -, West Coast 1972 -, Southern Māori/ Te Tai Tonga 1975 -, Tasman District 1975 -, Marlborough District 1975 -; Most telephone directories for Nelson 1941 to present. Rest of New Zealand current editions only.
  • Postal and business directories e.g., Stone's 1917, 1942, 1951, 1952, 1955.
  • Universal Business Directories for all New Zealand 2000 - 2004; Nelson 1951, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1978, 1979, 1980-2, 1984, 1987, 1989-90.
  • Nelson Provincial Council, Nelson Gazette index 1865 - 1875 (microfilm)
  • Available on Ancestry Library (in the libraries only):
       New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981
       New Zealand, Maori Voter and Electoral Rolls, 1908 & 1919
       Canterbury, New Zealand, Provincial Rolls, 1868-1874
       New Zealand, City & Area Directories, 1866-1955 (Wises)

Tasman District Library

  • Electoral rolls for Nelson 1983-1989, 1991-1993, 1999-, Tasman,1982.1985-1988, 1990-1994 West Coast Tasman 1995, 1999, 2001-, Southern Māori/ Te Tai Tonga 1983-1992, 1995, 1999-
  • Telephone directories for Nelson held for at least five years

National & metropolitan organisations and online resources

Christchurch City Libraries

  • Microfiche of the first women on the New Zealand Electoral roll 1893. Complete nation-wide set of electoral rolls.

National Library of New Zealand

  • All Electoral rolls for New Zealand 1865 to present (various formats). New Zealand Postal directories (various formats).