Lawrence Athenaeum & Mining Institute
9 Ross Place, Lawrence 9532
03 485 9095
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.
Monday 10am to 4pm
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
Mr Ernie McCraw (Treasurer), 03 485 9557
Ms Lindy Chinnery (Librarian), 03 485 9095
The Lawrence Athenaeum Institute Scholarship: This is a scholarship open to people of all ages who are resident in the Tuapeka District. The scholarship must be used for educational purposes and fit the criteria set out in The Athenaeum Ordinances, which can be viewed at: To apply a letter is required stating the purpose the scholarship is to be used for, any involvement in community or school activities, a few words about yourself and for students, any scholarly achievements. Applications can be dropped off to Lindy Chinnery at the Athenaeum, or posted to: Lawrence Athenaeum c/o Lindy Chinnery 9 Ross Place Lawrence 9532. For any further information please contact Lindy on 4859 095 or email