Upper Clutha Historical Records Society

Historical Preservation Volunteer

Organisation Summary:

The Upper Clutha Historical Records Society (UCHRS) is an incorporated not-for-profit society, established in 1985.

The Society preserves, for future generations, the records that make up the history of the Wanaka and Upper Clutha area. These records include photographs, diaries, minute books, station records, maps, newspaper clippings, family histories, Upper Clutha Pioneer Family Register and cemetery records. These are all held in a specially built fireproof room at the Wanaka Library. The records are commonly used for tracing family histories, by societies and organisations for anniversaries, for photos and for research for books.


A dedicated and busy team of local volunteers give many hours of their time to assist with processing photographs, documents and records. They also undertake research projects on local areas which are then made available to the public. New volunteers are welcome to assist with processing and archiving the documents we hold. Specific roles will depend on volunteers interests and skills.

Time Commitment:

Volunteers meet at the library on Wednesday mornings - regular commitment would be useful but not essential.

Skills Required:

Volunteers should have an interest in the society's aims of preserving historical records from the local area. An induction will be provided to the role and tasks explained clearly, after which volunteers are required to work independently on the assigned task so attention to detail important.

Skills Gained:

Volunteers will gain an insight into historical preservation and we hope will enjoy contributing to ensuring future generations have access to the records. The library is a pleasant environment in which to work and volunteers will have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests.


Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Wednesday - Morning, Afternoon