Ashes of the past – The Great Fire of Lyttelton 24 October 1870: The Christchurch Heritage Festival

First up for The Christchurch Heritage Festival is an exhibition at Lyttelton Library entitled Sifting the Ashes: The Great Fire of Lyttelton. The fire that is the subject of this exhibition began late in the evening of 24 October 1870, when a small blaze was kindled in the storeroom of the Queen's Hotel on the…
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Te Reo Māori, niupepa, and Papers Past

The historians and whakapapa researchers among you may already be familiar with Papers Past, an impressive and still-growing online resource from the National library. This site makes digitised versions of Aotearoa newspapers, magazines and journals, letters and diaries, and parliamentary papers available online, for free. The fascinating newspaper section (believe me, it’s easy to fall…
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Lighting up the winter nights – Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights, Friday 29 June 2018

This week is an exciting one for Lyttelton Library and our customers, with our fabulous Stories after Dark with Lindsey on Thursday night, and the awesome Lyttelton Harbour Festival of Lights on the evening of Friday 29 June. Lyttelton Library’s Stories after Dark starts at 6.30pm on Thursday 28 June – head down to the…
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Matariki – a time for garden plans

With Matariki approaching, it’s nearly time to start thinking about our food plantings for the coming year. Three stars of the Matariki cluster, Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, and Ururangi, are important to planning for the coming year’s food crops – and traditionally the way they appear to viewers (hazy or clear, for instance) helped Māori determine when the best…
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