School Registers for Cambridge and districts are an ideal way of tracing the movements of families. New Zealand does not keep census records and these school rolls show when a pupil arrived at a school, where they came from, when they left and where they went to. Most Registers also show a birth date for the pupil.
Our oldest school is the Cambridge Primary school, 1866, but their roll started in 1880. Many of the district schools began with the influx of farmers when the large estates were cut up at the beginning of the1900s.
These alphabetical lists of pupils show enrolment dates pre 1908. This information is consistent with NZ Society of Genealogists' 100 years privacy rule.
Another avenue for Cambridge school records is Inspectors' Reports, some of which have survived and are held at National Archives in Auckland.
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