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Werner Otto Droescher papers.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-A-199

Scope and Contents

Contains records collected for research on the German dialect spoken at Puhoi, and material on communal living and alternative lifestyles, including newsletters and newspapers relating to that subject. PDF finding aid available see associated digital object.


  • 1962 - 1978


Language of Materials

Parts of the collection are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

Werner Otto Droescher (1911-1978) came to New Zealand in 1940 with his wife, the writer Greville Texidor, as a refugee from Nazi Germany. After working on a farm in the north he enrolled for a B.A. degree at Auckland University College, took a Masters' degree in German in 1945, and ultimately joined the staff of the German Department. Between 1961 and 1969 he studied and recorded the Egerland dialect of the original settlers as it had survived at Puhoi, and published a monograph on the subject in 1975.


0.3 metres (3 boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated Rosamund Droescher in March 1979, with an additional donation in 2006 of photographic material which was originally in possession of Rosamund Droescher, but was donated by Farrell Cleary and added to collection as Folder 1 item (ix).



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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand