The interior of a clothing factory: Picturing Canterbury

The interior of a clothing factory. The people standing at the end of the middle tables are operating irons. Date: 1909. Do you have any photographs of factories in Canterbury? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can […]

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Library memories

Having been a librarian for longer than I care to remember, the card catalogue holds a place dear to my heart. I remember as a library assistant filing new cards — one for the author, the title and the subject entries. A tedious job, but vital for the smooth running of the library. You can […]

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Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett – WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of View

I've had this song in my head since I saw Peter Garrett recently. Not at the Midnight Oil concert, but at the WORD Christchurch Shifting Points of view session at The Piano. It was the last talk in a series of goodies that formed WORD's suite of Christchurch Arts Festival offerings. Peter Garrett - musician, former […]

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“They would much prefer staying at home and attending to their household duties”: 19 September 1893

124 years ago - on 19 September 1893 - women in New Zealand got the vote. On the day after, The Press editorial shows that some of the population felt this was an imposition upon women who would much rather be "staying at home and attending to their household duties". Yeah right. Kia ora to our founding mothers […]

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Fiction A to Z newsletter

Take a walk through the aisles of our general fiction section with our Fiction A to Z newsletter and discover reads to engage and enlighten. This month's newsletter includes:         Subscribe to receive this newsletter directly in your inbox every month, or read it online. For more great reads, check out our Literary Prizes page and […]

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Lyttelton by train

Maybe you lived in Lyttelton and caught the train to go to high school. Or worked on the wharves but lived in town and caught the train to and from work. And what about the ferry service to Wellington – you might have taken the train to catch a sailing. Lyttelton Museum and Christchurch City […]

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