Explore the collection at Antrim House

Antrim House contains a small collection of objects related to its history both as a private residence to the Hannah family and as a boarding hostel for young men in the public service.

Please note that due to conservation reasons not all objects may be on public display at any one time. If you are interested in viewing an item, please contact the Property Manager.  

Heritage New Zealand manages its collection of historic objects in its properties from a central database.  You can find out more about the how the Heritage New Zealand collection is managed, including donating items on this website.

  • Boulcott portraits

    Painted by Matthias Rademacher, these portraits depict John Ellerker Boulcott and Mary Boulcott, after whom Wellington’s central city street, Boulcott Street, where Antrim House, is named.  These portraits were donated in 1982 to commemorate the opening of Antrim House as the headquarters of Heritage New Zealand.

  • Sideboard

    This rosewood sideboard dates to the 1820s and belonged to James Edward Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald met Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a colonial promoter and founding member of the New Zealand Association, in England, and in 1849 Fitzgerald agreed to become the secretary of the newly established Canterbury Association.  This sideboard was one of the pieces of furniture Fitzgerald selected to bring with him to New Zealand. 

  • pen rest

    Used on the office desk of Robert Hannah, this pen rest would have been privy to numerous decisions and debates relating to the workings of the Hannahs’ shoe empire.  Made of cast iron, this piece features an ornamental open-work pattern.  Its association with Robert Hannah, one of New Zealand's most successful businessmen has added a dimension of glamour and prestige to this functional and practical item.

  • Challenge Shield

    It's no surprise that an inter-hostel rugby competition was played between the occupants of Antrim House, and those of other Wellington-based hostels for young people.  Many social and sporting events were planned, many of which were documented through photographs.  As such, the Antrim House Challenge Shield represents a tangible part of this social network which was operating in Wellington during the 1950s and 1960s.