Fleck Collection

On his death, Henry Baxter Fleck (1905–1971), a retired Ministry of Works architect from Kelburn, bequeathed his entire estate comprised of books, personal papers, art works and curios, to the Alexander Turnbull Library. It is part of the Turnbull Named Collections.

The book collection numbers around 250 titles largely made up of works concerning art and architecture, including copies of Wood Engravings by the New Zealand artist E. Mervyn Taylor. There is also a small number of works of fiction, poetry and plays, and books concerning Chinese and Japanese architecture and gardens.

The associated curios include four George Heppelwhite chairs from the 1770’s, and an imitation Heppelwhite table. The associated art collection includes a number of works by E. Mervyn Taylor.

Fleck's personal papers in the Manuscripts collection

Associated curios and artworks held by the Library

Read about Fleck's father and family in "James Baxter Fleck, 1867-1939 - his daughter, Alice, remembers his life"

Cover of E Mervyn Taylor's Engraving on Wood, illustrated with engravings of a face, a woman, and a bird.
E. Mervyn Taylor, Engravings on wood, 1957. Record page

Access items in this collection

Original items in this collection can be requested through the Library’s catalogue and consulted in the Katherine Mansfield Reading Room.

This collection is catalogued online and may be called up as a list on the National Library catalogue by searching ‘Fleck’ using the ‘in call number’ search option in the NLNZ catalogue advanced search.

A red glazed vase.
Roger Fry [et al], Chinese art: an introduction, [1946]. Record page