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The extraordinary story of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa is powerfully represented in the Heritage Centre & Archives. Artifacts, photographs, files, publications, and histories that are far more than stories. All are testimonies to the incredible sacrifice, commitment, fortitude, creativity and faithfulness of Salvation Army soldiers and officers.



To protect and preserve the heritage of The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa (NZFTS) Territory.



Our main purpose is the preservation and provenance of our documents and artifacts. We have a number of functions, including:

  • Archiving
    This describes the act of taking in records and artifacts 
    (called Accessioning), recording and describing their content, context and state (Description), and documenting their record keeping history and organisation as well as their care and custody (Arrangement).
  • Preservation and protection
    Our collections are kept in a pest-free environment where 
    a constant temperature and humidity are maintained. This includes storing the archives in proper containers, boxes, and enclosures for their protection and carefully removing staples and other types of pinning which can corrode and damage the items. Remedial action is taken to maintain the integrity of the archives through conservation treatments and the careful handling and display of documents.
  • Digitisation
    Digitisation means converting a physical copy of a record into an electronic/digital form as well as the migration to new formats of born digital records. This process is done to preserve the hard copy record from excessive handling and to enable accessibility to a wider audience.
  • Research
    We welcome enquiries on subjects which may be covered by material held in the archives collection. This includes 
    the records of individual corps, photographs of people and places associated with The Salvation Army, uniforms, music, and artifacts. We also publish a variety of material, including a quarterly newsletter Revelations, in both digital and print form. Other publications include The Heritage Series and The Poster Series highlighting the deep and rich history of the Army. These can be accessed on our website.



Our collections are comprised of artifacts and records from The Salvation Army, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory, including; 

  • Uniforms
  • War Cry
  • Periodical and historical publications
  • Memorabilia
  • Visual Images
  • Music and Instruments
  • Corps Histories



The Heritage Centre & Archives reserves the right to charge research fees.
Any fees charged would be agreed upon prior to the research being undertaken.

Donations can be made to The Salvation Army through the following account: 02-0568-0022237-13
(Reference: 9207-122100. Particulars: your name). 



For visits, tours and research enquiries, please contact us.

Heritage Centre & Archives
Booth College of Mission
20 William Booth Grove
Upper Hutt, 5140

Phone: + 64 4 528 8628 ext. 65036
Email: archives@salvationarmy.org.nz
Website: https://archives.salvationarmy.org.nz/




Additional Salvation Army resources

There are numerous 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.
The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

Heritage Centre & Archive Brochure

Type: PDF
Size: 3.95 MB
Date: 16 Feb 2023