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Wanganui Collegiate School Museum

The Wanganui Collegiate School was founded in 1854 and has over 156 years of colourful history, much of which is preserved in this Museum for the enjoyment of the community.

The collection consists of papers, plans, documents, trophies, minute books, memorabilia, uniforms, programmes photos and DVDs of drama and musical productions, sporting records, Old Boys' war records, newspaper clippings and many wonderful photographs.

All record the evolution and progress of Wanganui Collegiate School from the very early days of the 'First School' established in 1854, to the 'Old School' (1870-1910) through to the 'New School' on the present site from 1911 to today.

A full collection of the School magazine, the 'Collegian', from the first issue in 1883 to the present day gives a great insight into the life and times at the School and Wanganui.

Collection Type
Art, History

Contact Details
Postal address iconWCS Museum Trust, c/o Wanganui Collegiate School, Private Bag 3002, Wanganui 4540
Telephone number icon(64) 06 345 2634 or 0274 812 324. (Contact details for WCS Museum Trust Chairman, Richard Bourne)
Fax number icon64 6 349 0280
Email address iconwcs_museum@xtra.co.nz
Staff iconThe WCS Musuem is administered by a registered Charitable Trust and staffed by volunteers.

Visitor Information
Physical address iconWanganui Collegiate School, Liverpool Street, Wanganui, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconOpen on request during School hours, on all major School weekends, and at other times by prior arrangment by emailing wcs_museum@xtra.co.nz or calling 0274 812 324 (Richard Bourne).
Charges iconFree, although donations or purchase of memorabila gratefully appreciated.

Reference LibraryParkingShopGuided TourMembership Club
Museum Brochures; Guided tours of the Museum and School (by arrangement); Research facilities; School Registers; Old Boy and Old Girl records; Memorabilia and souvenirs; artifacts and objects; and over 50,000 photos covering all years from 1881 (scanned copies available for purchase).


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Commission Papers of Captain W T Owen Wanganui Militia 1st June 1867 - issued by Govenor Sir George Grey; Defence Office NZ Colonial Goverment; 1 June 1967
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Cup and Saucer; Royal Doulton; Late 1800sSchool telescope; Grubb and Co; 1920; 2010/19Rugby Cap 1890 - 94; 1890Water jugMedal; 1887
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Leather bound books featuring the original School crest embosed in gold on the cover. As awarded to students as accademic prizes. Each book has a plaque inside the cover with the prize winners name and subject and is signed by the headmaster of the day. There are over 65 in the collection dating from 1886; 1886 - 1951 inclusive; 2010/5 etcOriginal WCS Register 1896
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Opening of School Chapel Easter 1912; 1912; TBALaying of the Foundation Stone of the WCS Chapel; 1911Day Boys House 1922; 1922Album of I Oliver OB #2802

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