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Stone’s Directories

When Digital NZ asked people to vote for the content they most wanted digitised the Stone's Directories was one in the Top 10! Comments included:

“Amazing resource for both genealogists and social historians. Includes a street directory, alphabetical and trade directory in one.”
 “There is nothing like Stone's and their directories in this country they give the down to earth feel for business. Yes please digitised and searchable.”

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About Stone’s Directories

The directories could be classed as an early form of telephone book and yellow pages. They are separated into well-defined sections, with a comprehensive index at the front and an almanac at the back. They were published for the following regions:

  • Dunedin, Otago and Southland, 1884-1955
  • Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough & Westland, 1899-1955
    (Note, Canterbury included from 1902 only)
  • Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, 1891-1946

Read more about the Directories here.

Text Searchable and NEW! Readable Editions

The text searchable versions of Stone's Directories on CD-ROM were launched in 2008 with the support of the Hocken Collections in Dunedin.  This is an on-going project and we now have a range of  volumes from Dunedin, Otago and Southland; Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and Westland; Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki digitised, searchable and available on CD Rom.

NEW! We have added a cost effective 'read only' version of the popular Stone's Directories on CD-ROM. These contain all of the same information as the original editions, just in a non-searchable format - excellent for those with budget constraints or who have only a small amount of information to locate.