Design Certificate files   (7554)
c.1890 - 2007  range held: 1936 - 1994


Although commonly called 'Design Certificates' they are the equivalent of Design case files. Every Design is assigned one number from the time of application, which becomes the file number. Each file contains the application, design and a certificate. From 1959 until 1999, administrative papers were routinely purged from these files. The remaining 'file' consisted of a small number of loose A4 pages. From 1999, files being processed for Archives New Zealand were no longer purged. Thus this series consists of a combination of purged and complete files.

Some complete files in this series were destroyed in an earlier episode of culling. Such files are represented by a sheet outlining the details of the destroyed file, and are annotated as destroyed on the series list.


Dates of Holdings : 1936 - 1994
Location of Holdings : Archives New Zealand, Head Office, Wellington
Access : Open  see more …


  • Designs Act 1883
Archives NZ description type : Series (see more about description types)
Version Number: 2
Date Approved: 17/02/2012