Archive loses a treasure

11 February 2022

The Diocesan Archive has lost one of its treasures with the retirement of its administrator, Jackie Marinkovich.

Jackie was farewelled this week after nearly 13 years working for the diocese in various roles, with the last five years in the Archive.
A trained librarian with experience in company and educational libraries, Jackie started in 2009 as the diocese’s Resource Centre Manager. This was a small religious library for use by parishes and clergy in Auckland. If anyone needed access to sermons, Sunday School resources, books or DVDs, Jackie was the person to see. The Centre was housed in one of the old buildings – now demolished – near the corner of St Stephen’s Ave and Brighton Rd, along with AYM (the diocese’s youth department) and the cathedral organist.
When the building was condemned in 2015, Jackie and the Resource Centre moved to rooms in the Cathedral, but as more people became able to access resources online, the centre was used less and less.
“The former diocesan manager, Kevin Third, told me they wanted to shut the library down, but they didn’t want to lose me. So I split half my time with archives helping set up the library there and half my time as administrative assistant at the Diocesan Office in Neligan House,” Jackie explained.
She moved fulltime to the Archive a year later, stepping into administration when the archivist left. Her work has involved keeping the birth, marriage and death registers up to date; researching on behalf of the Auckland City Mission and the Anglican Trust for Women and Children; and finding documents for the Bishop and Diocesan Manager.
“I was always astounded how Jackie could find records for me when I could only provide limited details of what I was looking for. Her knowledge of the records was impressive!” Diocesan Manager, Sonia Maugham, said.
Jackie also coordinated a small group of volunteers who transcribed registers (among a myriad of other tasks) before COVID-19 put an end to their involvement in 2020.
Apart from old documents and books, the Diocesan Archive/Te Whare Kahurangi contains some of New Zealand’s oldest colonial treasures, some of which date from the time of the very first Anglican missionaries to Aotearoa, long before the Treaty of Waitangi. Vestments and old communion sets are there too, and it’s been Jackie’s job to make sure they are preserved, described and catalogued properly.
Jackie’s plans for retirement include getting a puppy and catching up on gardening. But when asked what she’ll miss most, her response is instant – “Synod!” As timekeeper for the speakers over the last few years, she’s enjoyed listening to the debates and catching up with people.
“It means I get to meet people I haven’t seen for ages, and I get to know what’s going on in the Church. I really enjoy it,” she says.
After so many years of service, Jackie will be missed too. Thank you, Jackie, for your commitment and dedication to the diocese and for looking after our taonga so well.
Image: Archives Administrator Jackie Marinkovich (left) and Dean Anne Mills with the original architectural plans by B.W. Mountford of St Mary’s Parnell. Photo credit: Sarah Wilson.