Welcome to the Henry and William Williams Museum website, which showcases ‘The Retreat’, an historic house at Pakaraka in Northland, New Zealand, built for Henry and Marianne Williams in 1853.


While the property is currently not open on a regular basis, this virtual museum enables you to view the house and garden, items from a collection of family possessions, and learn something of the early history of the pioneering missionary brothers, Henry and William Williams, and their families. Collectively they played an important part in shaping relationships between Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand in the early to mid nineteenth century.

To navigate the site click on the menu at the top of the page.

Annual Open Day.


Once again, thank you so much to all those people who attended our annual Open Day in the gardens of the Retreat.  We were lucky the forecast rain stayed away and the day was warm - the garden looked lovely.  We raised over $450 dollars, which will go towards further garden developments in 2021.​

Our next Open Day will be:

2021 Open Day:  Sunday 7th November, 10am - 4pm.

​© 2013 H & W Williams Memorial Museum Trust.  All rights reserved.


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