Model of a whale on a forklift truck: Picturing Canterbury

Model of a whale on a forklift truck. Circa 1990s. Neil Chandler, workshop technician, stood underneath a large model of a humpback whale in the carpark at Science Alive, Moorhouse Avenue. Do you have any photographs of Science Alive, Moorhouse Avenue? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows several…
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Sheep being herded towards Cathedral Square: Picturing Canterbury

Sheep being herded towards Cathedral Square 9 March 1995 Sheep being herded down Cathedral Square road from Worcester Street being followed by crowds of people on foot. Canterbury Museum, Harley Chambers, Municipal Chambers and Rydges Hotel are along the right hand side. Do you have any photographs of Worcester Street? If so, feel free to contribute to our…
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Safety Week – The elephant never forgets: Picturing Canterbury

Do you have any photographs of parades in Christchurch? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows several people to simultaneously explore images and stories of the history of the people and places of Christchurch. It is viewable on the ground floor of Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New…
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Chicken Lady Day

National Chicken lady day (US) came about to honour Dr. Marthenia “Tina” Dupree, a woman who worked for 12 years in the second largest chicken restaurant in the world (and, rather more integrally, helped to raise educational standards in the United States as Director of Community Relations and Training), but chicken ladies the world over can…
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Horse tales – Soraya Nicholas and Stacy Gregg: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Today I sat amongst a crowd of young girls, clutching their favourite horsey books - some even with their riding helmets on - to listen to Stacy Gregg and Soraya Nicholas telling Horse Tales at WORD Christchurch. I expected to enjoy myself, but I didn’t expect to feel myself brought to tears! Stacy, in her…
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Mr George King who began breeding ostriches for their feathers on his Burwood property in 1893: Picturing Canterbury

Mr George King who began breeding ostriches for their feathers on his Burwood property in 1893 [189-?].   George King was born in 1850 to Irish immigrant parents at Richmond, Sydney. Around 1872 he arrived in Christchurch and started the auctioneering firm Geo. King and Co. Ostrich farming is what Mr King was most well known for…
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Johnson’s Fishponds, the Aquarium at 105 Clarendon Terrace, Opawa: Picturing Canterbury

Johnson's Fishponds, the Aquarium at 105 Clarendon Terrace, Opawa [ca. 1900].   In 1875 Andrew Mensal Johnson (d. 1916) established a fish hatchery and aquarium at Opawa, on the south bank of the Heathcote River, calling it Troutdale Farm. It became popular as a picnic grounds until it closed in the early 1930s. For further information…
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