Russell / Kororareka Books

Russell – more than a place – Brief social history of Russell from the earliest days until today.  Produced by Russell Museum.
A Most Noble Anchorage – A story of Russell and the Bay of Islands.  Marie King.
Puawananga – The Adobe Cottage – by Charlotte Preston Larkin. The story of a remarkable woman who built her own mud brick home at Long Beach.
Old Russell, New Zealand’s First Capital – Jack Lee’s book about the first Russell – today’s Okiato.  (Enhanced reprint 2006)
A Capital Story by Jeanette Richardson – An account of New Zealand’s first seat of Government at Okiato in the Bay of Islands
Of Captains, Colonists and Convicts – Des Price’s updated history of two early Russell families, the Cooks and the Williams.
Murder in Paradise by John Cresswell – The story of seafaring brothers one of whom is associated with Motuarohia/Roberton Island.  New Edition
Samuel Stephenson – Pioneer merchant of Russell 1804-1883. N.G. and A.B. Stephenson
Hell-hole of the Pacific by Richard Wolfe – The story of Kororareka’s earliest years when whalers, convicts, seamen and traders inhabited our town.  (out of print – secondhand copy maybe available)
Brind of the Bay of Islands also Brind Amplified – The life of a colourful whaling Captain who traded in the Bay in the early 1800s
Kororareka and other Essays by Ormond Wilson – An investigation into early Maori-Pakeha contact of the North (second hand copy – now out of print) (please enquire)
Following the Dream – Shared memories and reflections on the Russell Methodist Church – Dave Mullan & David Pratt.
Russell Review – Annual magazine recording the life and times, comments and history in Russell.
Booklets produced by Russell Museum
  • Russell Heritage Trails – four Heritage Trails around Russell.
  • Bay of Islands Maritime Heritage Trail – history from the water.
  • Christ Church Cemetery Trail – outlining the various stories behind the gravestones of New Zealand’s oldest church.
  • Te Rongoa Maori – Russell Museum’s own pharmaceutical garden.
  • Discovering Historic Russell – Twelve-minute DVD recording Russell’s history.