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Donations / Sponsorship

Did you know we are a registered charity?

The Howick Historical Village does not receive any core funding from the regional museum infrastructure and is not supported through public rates, however it does receive an arts and cultural grant from the Howick Local Board and is run on an independent income and the generous support of individuals, trusts, foundations and companies.  We are immensely grateful to all our supporters, large and small, for the difference they make.

Your visit of course helps, but there are other ways you can help us to preserve our buildings, care for our artefacts and provide innovative education programmes for children and young people in New Zealand.  Find out how below:


Donation Options

Make a Donation to Maher Gallagher Interior Conservation

Looking after our collections for the future is the cornerstone of everything we do.  It is one of our biggest responsibilities and an ongoing challenge.  Your donations will help us to care and maintain for all aspects of the Village and exhibits. 

Maher-Gallagher Cottage which was built in 1848 is the next focus of the village, it is of great importance for its potential to provide information about building construction techniques, materials, interior finishes, and details, as well as the standard of accommodation provided for the Fencible families.
We have been able to complete the restoration of the exterior of the cottage due to a grant from Foundation North in 2017.
However for this magnificent cottage to be opened up to the public we need to conserve the interior by using a specialised heritage paper conservator so that we can conserve the many layers of history and prevent from it deteriorating further.

To do this requires painstaking meticulous work, including being aware when working with toxic components - some of the wallpaper could have black mould due to the old flour paste adhesive the Fencibles used to fix the paper to the wall.
Your donation will support vital conservation to this cottage to ensure that future generations can experience the story of the Fencibles and early settlers in Auckland.
Please click on the give a little link to check out some further details about the project including picture gallery of the incredible interior.


Leave a legacy

Leave a legacy or bequest
Howick Historical Village is a not-for-profit that relies on funding from a wide range of sources, and welcomes support from generous individuals.
Remembering the Howick Historical Village by leaving a gift in your will, no matter what size, can help us to maintain our historic buildings and care for our collection, and support developing exhibitions ensuring that we are around for future generations.
Contact: If you would like to remember the Howick Historical Village in your will, our secretary would be happy to talk to you about how your gift could benefit the future work of the Museum.
You can send an email to: society secretary

Give a Little Donation

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Ongoing Work

Maher Gallagher Cottage before restoration

Restoration work being completed on Maher Gallagher Cottage

Maher Gallagher

The Maher-Gallagher Cottage is of outstanding historic significance in the Auckland Region as a very intact surviving example of a semi-detached or siamese cottage built in the Panumure Fencible settlement. It is associated with the planned military settlements for the Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps established at Howick, Panmure, Otahuhu and Onehunga in the late 1840's to provide military defence for the colony. Built in 1848 the 2 x 2 room double joined cottage was shared by the Maher and Gallagher families, it was donated to The Howick Historical Village in 1978.

The cottage is of great importance for its potential to provide information about building construction techniques, materials, interior finishes and details, as well as the standard of accomodation provided for the Fencible families.

It retains evidence of pit sawn timber cladding and lining, mortice and tennon framing connections, original finishes such as whitewash and sailcloth, and multiple layers of wallpaper and newspapers, as well as examples of original hardware.

The work that was carried out on the cottage was highlighted in a conservation report to repair, maintain and preserve therfore ensuring the long-term survival of the cottage and to slow the process of natural deterioration.

The major work that was idenified and carried out were: Re-roofing, fixing chimney flashing, replacing decaying foundations, fixing rotting baseboards, repairing rotting windows. Also repairing the porch and doors.

The work that has been completed has now ensured that the building is of excellent exterior condition, with painting to be finished by volunteers. The next stage for this cottage will be interior conservation.

See the photo gallery to highlight the key work carried out.

The Parsonage

Although originally built for Captain Smith, the Parsonage was the home of Howick's first resident Vicar, the Rev. Vicesimus Lush from 1850 - 1863.  His well known diiaries give a fascinating view of life in early Howick.

We will begin a five year project to restore this beautiful building to its former glory.  The work is guided by information we gather from the archives including photographs, letters and diaries.  This major conservation project will be beginning a key phase in 2018 as we work to tackle important conservation issues.  Once completed it will allow us to introduce the Parsonage to the Village as part of the visitor experience.

Coach House

The Coach House was built in 1874. It was orginally located in Ryle Street, Ponsonby and was moved to Howick Historical Village in 1977 when donated by Auckland City Council who acquired the land it sat on.

It would normally be used to display the Village's coaches including the Howick Horse Bus, but the state of the lean too and some weatherproofing needed means this building has not been deemed secure for public access. 

We intend to carry out various elements of work including repairs to windows, roof, stud and posts and weatherboards.  This will stop any further deterioration to the structure and ensure the building is weathertight.

We would like to thank the Local Howick Board for the grant recieved towards repairing the Coach House.

Completed Work

Sgt Ford's Cottage before restoration

Completed work on Sgt Ford's Cottage

Sgt Ford's Cottage

Sgt Michael Ford, his wife Harriet and their eight children lived in the single unit or Sergeants Cottage. It was built in 1848 and relocated to Howick Historical Village in 1994. 

Following a report completed by a specialist it was highlighted that a large amount of the weatherboards were severely degraded and full with borer.

The plan begun with fixing the damaged weatherboards and boxing as identified on the cottage, However once the linings of the building were taken off it became apparent how much further damage had been done internally from infestation to wood.

As with any conservation work following further investigation of the foundations it was identified the bearers and piles had to be replaced to secure the foundations.These discoveries significantly added to the inital project costs.

The external conservation of this cottage was completed early 2018 and was re-opened to the public. As one of the key historic building in the Village collection, this conservation project has ensured the cottage is weatherproof and that its rapid detoriation was halted.

Sgt Barry's

Sgt. Barry's Cottage presents life in the 1880s.  The verandah, ornamental barge boards and finials on the roof gable were fashionable at the time.

Inside the cottage the floor in both bedrooms is uneven and requires major work to pin the flooring together to make it even. The cottage foundations require urgent work.  Although a back door has recently been replaced the cottage also requires additional work to be undertaken on leaking spouting to ensure the building is weathertight.

Fencible Soldiers Uniform

We were thankful to receive a grant from the Howick Local Board to allow us to make replica Fencible Soldiers uniforms for our Village. These will be used for our Volunteer Soldiers to wear during our Live Days to educate people on what Soldiers would have completed in regards to their daily duties when arriving on post in Howick in 1850.

We would like to thank our supporters

We appreciate the help from grant funders towards conserving our buildings, operational costs and supporting our educational programmes. They ensure we can preserve the museum for future generations to visit.


Support the Howick Historical Village

To discuss further, any of the options above contact society secretary
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