A WWI grave marker is donated to ChristChurch Cathedral and later displayed in the library - Kat wonders, what was this soldier's story?
What came before Redwood Library?
Kat investigates the history of the area where Redwood Library now sits.
Pussy galore: The first ever Christchurch cat show
The aptly named Kat explores Christchurch's cat show history with the help of online newspaper resource, Papers Past.
Opening up your family history at the library
What happens when a family historian investigates their own family? If you're Kat, the Battle of Waterloo comes into it...
The Colombo-Gloucester corner: A sweet spot over the years
As work begins on the new Court Theatre building Kat looks at the history of this city corner that includes more than a little confectionery.
WORD Christchurch 2020: More than a spoonful of social enterprise
What started of as a high school youth enterprise project has now become not only a book but also a tasty WORD Festival session, hosted by Annabel Langbein. Rather than create a business, Tulsi Lathia and others from Rangi Ruru School wanted to create a social enterprise project that uses food of the world to…
A fond farewell
Due to changing circumstances this will be my last blog for Christchurch City Libraries. I've had a whole lot of fun writing about all sorts of interesting things. In total I've written 56 blogs for the library (including this one) and three for our professional development Bibliofile site. I'm going to look back briefly at…
A distinctly dodgy District Health Officer
You know how sometimes you keep coming across someone's name, get a bit curious and poke around a bit further? Well I seemed to keep coming across a Dr Hugh Earnshaw Finch, Christchurch's District Health Officer in the 1900s and 1910s, so I decided to investigate further. I first came across him in a picture…
Further First World War stories
Although the commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War have come to an end, the war continues to be remembered and its stories continue to be told. The war is a huge, big subject which sometimes, to me, feels too massive to truly comprehend. Therefore it really is those individual or local stories…
A fire, a mysterious lady and a singed parrot
Today we know the Ilam Homestead as the University of Canterbury's staff club and for its connections to the Parker-Hulme case, but another house existed on the site and burnt down in 1910. This wooden house was built in the 1850s for the Hon. J. C. Watts Russell, a prominent early settler. It changed hands…
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