For women in New Zealand between 1890 and 1914, hockey was the leading team sport. Joyce looks at one local hockey family.
Meet the locals – George William Rolfe, sailmaker and Antarctic voyager
An unusual middle name given to a baby leads Joyce to discover her father's interesting career of Antarctic journeying.
Meet the locals – Franc Garstin, Mental Healer and suffragette
Joyce learns about the life of 19th century "mental healer" and activist, Sister Franc Garstin.
History’s kitchen: Jugged hare just like great-granny used to make
Joyce delves into the cookbook offerings of the gentlefolk of Papanui in 1903. Who were they (and why were their recipes so terrible)?
Yeah Bob, times they are indeed a-changin’ – A Story of Simeon Street
Joyce uncovers the story of 97 Simeon Street, Spreydon.
Christchurch Family History Expo 2021 – NOW VIRTUAL
Fascinated by family history? Beguiled by genealogy? Hot for heritage? Christchurch Family History Expo 2021 is on Fri 20 and Sat 21 August on Zoom.
Damsels in debt – Good old fashioned public shaming
Joyce is fascinated by the debt notices that appeared with great frequency in newspapers from the 1840s right through to the 1940s and beyond. Take a walk on the juicy side of history.
Oldest house in Christchurch?
This was the question posed in The Press on 23 December 1982 regarding a “shabby and time-scuffed” property called Oak Cottage situated at 198 Milton Street.
Inspired by the colour, spectacle and humour of RuPaul's Drag Race, Joyce looks into a different kind of family history.
Goodbye Gloucester Street West: Luck’s Building
The fourth in a series of posts uncovering the history of the city block that the new Christchurch convention centre, Te Pae is being built on. Luck's Building is a fantastic example of the construction timeline Christchurch style: Phase 1 - rapidly build a pragmatic wooden "shack" Phase 2 - replace shack with a more grandiose stone building…
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