Perry Martin Hill Archive

In 2003 P. Martin Hill (1926–2005) approached Gordon Holden, Head of School of Architecture at this time, regarding depositing his major collection of books, drawings, wallpaper samples and building artefacts. An archive room was constructed in order to house this collection during 2004–2005, and, since 2006, the collection is being progressively moved into the School. Sadly P. Martin Hill died in 2005 before the archive rooms formally opened.

The P. Martin Hill Archive consists of collections of:

  • significant library books dating back to the 1700s
  • including rare books on New Zealand architecture approximately 500 wallpaper samples
  • 700 rolls of wallpaper from the 1920s and books of wallpaper samples from the 1900s
  • it also includes several hundred parts from houses including eaves brackets, handrails, balusters, and chimney pots.

Its use is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding between Sallie Hill (P. Martin Hill's widow) and Gordon Holden (Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design).

Access to the P. Martin Hill Archive is yet to be determined.