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Heritage Centre & Archives

photo of Christchurch City Corps Guard Troop in 1943

Preserving our story

The Salvation Army Heritage Centre and Archives tells the story of The Salvation Army since the 1880s to the present. We have a particular interest in history relating to New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

We collect, preserve, record, research and make accessible material that provides an accurate and comprehensive record of The Salvation Army’s life and work.

We can also advise regarding research on Salvation Army work in other parts of the world.

Some of our holdings include:

  • Salvation Army documents and records from New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga
  • An extensive uniform collection
  • Badges
  • Books issued by or about The Salvation Army 
  • War Cry (Salvation Army weekly periodical) - 1883 to the present
  • Memorabilia and objects
  • Photographs, slides, videos, films
  • LP records, cassette tapes
  • Oral history
  • Manuscripts, unpublished materials

Research fees

Nominal fees are charged for research, regardless of outcome.  They are:

  • On-site search conducted by staff - $20 per hour (to a maximum of $60)
  • On-site search conducted by visitor - $20 per hour (to a maximum of $60 per day)
  • Overseas requests - $40 flat fee

A limited number of photocopies and laser prints of documents are included in the above fees, but copies of photographs are extra.   Please note that all the above fees are exclusive of GST and are in NZD.

Additional Salvation Army resources

There are numerous and extensive Salvation Army research sites around the world.  The Salvation Army's International Heritage Centre is a must for any researcher interested in the work of the Army. 

> go to The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre website

Limelight: the world’s first film studio

The Limelight Department was the Salvation Army’s pioneering film production and presentation unit in Australia. Between 1892 and 1909 it produced many productions, including 300 films and the major multimedia presentations Soldiers of the Cross and Heroes Of The Cross. The unit also documented Australia’s Federation ceremonies in 1901.

> go to the Limelight film production unit's website

Contact us

Heritage Centre & Archives
Booth College of Mission
20 William Booth Grove
Upper Hutt, 5140
Phone: + 64 4 528 8628 ext 743
Email: Archives

Opening hours

Mon - Fri: 9am - 12 noon (Other times by arrangement)

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.