The collection includes copies of: William's diary of daily events 1859 - 1860, his daughter Mary's journal of the voyage to New Zealand, military papers and diaries belonging to William Bazire Messenger (William's son) who served at Pukearuhe and briefly in the Boer War.
Diary of Mary Messenger on the Voyage to New Zealand in the ship "Joseph Fletcher 1853-54. Transcript. (15p.)
Diary of William Messenger Snr. January 1859 - January 1860. Transcript. (14p.)
Diary of W. B. Messenger's Diary, April 1869. Transcript and photocopy.
A fragment from a diary W.B. Messenger, 24 April - 1 June. Note on transcript: Typed but doesn't correspond with any others.Transcript and photocopy.
A fragment from a diary W. B. Messenger, 6 March - 4 April. Transcript and photocopy.
Diary. W. B. Messenger, 5 April 1872 - 23 April 1873. Transcript and photocopy.
Diary of W. B. Messenger 26 March 1875 - 1 February 1877. Transcript and photocopy.
Diary of W. B. Messenger, 1 Jan. - 8 Mar. 1875. Includes a list of birds shot May - July 1875.Transcript and photocopy.
Diary of W. B. Messenger 14 April 1902 - 4 July 1902. Covers voyage to South Africa with NZ troops and time spent in South Africa. Transcript and photocopy.
Messenger Family letters. 1850 - 1860, Transcript and photocopies.
Land orders and military commissions. William Bazire Messenger. Photocopies.
Military orders, sanitation reports and memoranda relating to various redoubts and stockades from Huirangi to Pukearuhe. William Bazire Messenger. 1865 - 1869. Transcript and photocopies.
Memoranda, reports and letters relating to military matters. Photocopies and draft transcripts.
Military Reminiscences. W. B. Messenger. Transcript and photocopy.