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Waikato Historical Society was founded in 1954. Its objectives are to record local history, collect articles of local interest and educate public opinion.

Hockin House is an 1893 late Victorian dwelling that was the residence of the first four superintendents of Waikato Hospital. It takes its name from Doctor Munro Hockin, who died in office in 1939 and was the last superintendent to live in the house.

Today, the house is the headquarters of the Waikato Historical Society as well as a colonial folk museum. It is situated in Graham Park at the end of Selwyn Street in Hamilton near the Waikato Hospital.

Tours are available for groups of 10 or more at $10 per person. Tours include a talk on the history of the house, a demonstration of late 19th and early 20th century clothing and visual talks on the parlour as well as using the coal range.

Hockin House is available for renting at $10 per hour. It has excellent car parking facilities, a well equipped kitchen, and a meeting room which seats  40 people.

The Waikato Historical Society meets monthly, usually on the second Saturday except in January. Members visit places of historic interest and lectures are held in Hockin House. There is a monthly newsletter. The annual subscription is $35 per adult or $52.50 for a family.

Enquiries about events, membership, programmes, hiring Hockin House and tours through the house should be made to the President, Cliff Thomas (contact details below).

Requests for information can be directed to the Archivist, Betty Smith, c/- Secretary Hilary Bedggood, ph 07 847 7559.

Waikato Historical Society Inc
Graham Park
Selwyn Street

Cliff Thomas
Phone (07) 855 5592

Betty Smith
137 Grandview Road, Hamilton 3200
Phone (07) 846-4981

Hockin House

Hockin House

Bookcase complete with 35 volumes of 1874 Encyclopaedia Britannica donated by Margaret Scrivener in April 2013. Originally owned by her Aunt, Annie McNaughten, who lived in Hamilton 1884-1988
New storage cupboard purchased March 2014, situated at the side of the meeting room to be known as the Office. The Committee plan to make more use of the folk museum by opening Hockin House once a month

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