The Port Family of Waikanae immigrated to NZ from Ireland in 1840, and the Kapiti Coast Museum is extremely privileged to house a large array of artefacts and archives from the family, dating right back to when they first arrived in New Zealand.
This collection is currently the subject of some intense cataloguing work, all of which is being added to the website as we go. To see the work done so far click on ‘Port Collection’ under the Collections tab.
The array of items is vast, and extremely interesting to work with – favourites so far have been the scrap book and some of the letters. This collection should be finished the cataloguing phase sometime next year.