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Housed in an Historic Places listed building, you will find The Lawrence Athenaeum & Mining Institute Reference Library.

This Institute was established in 1865 for “the betterment of miners”, and now houses an extensive library concentrating on the history of Lawrence, the surrounding districts and the history of the goldfields.

It is a valuable research library for anyone tracing family histories or with an interest in the history of the Tuapeka area.

Opening Hours

Monday      10am to 4pm

Tuesday      CLOSED

Wednesday CLOSED

Thursday    10am to 4pm

Friday         10am to 4pm

Saturday     10am to 3pm (Closed occasionally)

Sunday       10am to 3pm 

For information please contact one of our office bearers

Mr Roger Cotton (Chairman), 03 485 9049

Mrs Rowena Paterson (Secretary), 03 485 9106

Ms Kelley Gray (Treasurer), 03 485 9685

Ms Lindy Chinnery (Librarian), 03 485 9095 

The Lawrence Athenaeum Institute Scholarship

This scholarship is open to people of all ages for anyone who has strong connections to the Tuapeka area in the Tuapeka District. The scholarship must be used for educational purposes and fit the criteria set out in The Athenaeum Ordinances.

Download scholarship form at the link on this page. Applications can be emailed to For any further information please contact any of the above office bearers.

Lawrence Athenaeum and Mining Institute Scholarship Application Form
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Lawrence Athenaeum

9 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532

03 485 9095

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