Local people

Here are some sources of information about historical people in Christchurch and the surrounding areas.

Local People

A - Z

As well as the local people listed below we have a complete A-Z of all our biographies.

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B

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D

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G

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I

J

K

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M

N

O

P

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V

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Additional resources

Our City, Our People, Our Place – The Christchurch Documentary Project

Find our about Our City, Our People, Our Place – The Christchurch Documentary Project

Edge of the East - Christchurch Documentary project

Burke’s manuscript
A lively hand-written account of Christchurch events and personalities during the 1850s and 1860s.

Christchurch Militia List
In 1860, the following men were called upon to serve in the Christchurch Militia: a 'home guard' for settlers.

Front page of The Christchurch Star 23 November 1963The Christchurch Star and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, 1963
The 23 November 1963 edition of the Star newspaper has been digitised.

Christchurch Writers’ Trail
The Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors laid 32 writers’ plaques in various parts of Christchurch. This booklet features brief writers’ biographies and photographs, and includes a map to help you find the plaques commemorating each writer.

Early Christchurch
Information on a wide range of topics about the early European settlement of Christchurch and Canterbury. Covers significant events, famous people, famous buildings.

Early residents of Richmond

Family history
Our guide to the family history resources we offer, what information you may find in them and when you need to look elsewhere.

The New Zealand Division in France and Flanders, May 1916 to November 1918
A contemporary diary of pilgrimages in their footsteps April 2002 and July 2005 by John H. Gray.

New Zealanders in World War I
A guide to finding information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during World War I.

New Zealanders in World War II
A guide to information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during World War II.

Page 74 of Burke's Manuscript
Page 74 of Burke's Manuscript

Personal correspondence, diaries, journals and memoirs in our digital collection

Our collection of digitised items from our archives includes ship-board diaries, travel books, correspondence, clippings and journals.

The Parker Hulme case
On 22 June 1954, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker set out to kill Pauline’s mother. These files, taken from contemporary news reports of the case and other sources, illustrate this famous murder.

Rich man, poor man, environmentalist, thief
An historical book that portrays eight Christchurch personalities.

Unsung Heroines
Biographies of Christchurch women written to commemorate Women’s Suffrage Year 1993.

Wars and conflicts
Index page for all our material about New Zealand’s military history.

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