Marie King QSM
Marie King was the backbone of the Museum. She was involved in setting down Russell's history for over 40 years and during that time was a nationally acknowledged authority, a local historian frequently consulted by others when their work touched upon areas connected with the Bay of Islands.
Her books include Port in the North and A Most Noble Anchorage, which is one of the most comprehensive accounts of events, people and places in the Bay of Islands.
"To preserve the history and heritage of Russell / Kororareka and environs".
The function of the museum is to collect and preserve, exhibit and interpret, and to undertake research on people and events in Russell's history. The time period covers pre-European Maori to the present day.