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We are in the process of building our Research page on this website. If there are any subjects of particular interest to you that are not covered in the research guidelines below, please get in touch. 

Research Guides

How old is your house?  If you need some suggestions for research, please click here.

Maps and plans of Cambridge.  To access a list of Cambridge maps and plans available online, please click here.

3rd Waikato Militia.  For publications, journal articles, online sources, databases and manuscript items on the 3rd Waikato Militia, please click here.

ENZED History Online.  Interested in researching your family history or a past event?  Our Museum Manager’s list of top 25 New Zealand Historical Research databases and websites will help get you started, please click here.



Cambridge Museum research is published within a wide variety of specialist areas in the form of peer-reviewed articles, blog or topic pages, technical reports, and creative works.

Staff also contribute to and edit the Historical Society’s newsletter (latest editions are available here):


Recent examples

Waipa: Home of Champions: Celebrating 150 Years Index available here

The Waikato River Gunboats – New Zealand’s First Navy by Grant Middlemiss (2014)
The story of gunboats used during the British invasion of the Waikato. Eight purpose built river gunboats deployed dureing the British invasion of the Waikato in 1863, when a force of 12,000 British and Colonial troops invaded the Waikato region. To reach the pastoral land of the Waikato interior a reliable transport route was required to move the men and their supplies. The Waikato River provided that route. The armoured iron gunboats were deployed as a naval force and transport service to move the troops and supplies past the Māori fortifications along the river.

View the Index and Bibliography here