Map of a scheme suggested by the Port and City Committee showing a new road tunnel to Lyttelton: Picturing Canterbury

"An aerial view showing Christchurch in relation to the magnificent natural harbour of Lyttelton, and the proposed highway and vehicular tunnel through the barrier of the Port Hills which, in conjunction with the present railway, will enable the city to employ modern transport methods in the carriage of goods and passengers to and from the…
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Simpson & Williams, 238 High Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

This store advertised itself as "The busy booksellers, stationers and printers ". Envelopes, writing paper, pen and ink were provided free. Stamps could be purchased here, as could postcards of local and New Zealand views, magazines, etc. The business had its origins in a printing and stationery firm, founded in 1862 by J.T. Hughes which…
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A patient’s quarters at the Avon Pine Sanitorium at Wainoni on the New Brighton Road: Picturing Canterbury

The Avon Pine Sanitorium was established in 1904 on Professor Alexander William Bickerton's (1842-1929) land at Wainoni Park for fee-paying tubercular patients who were treated by the open-air method. It was formally opened by Sir Joseph Ward (1856-1930), then Minister of Public Health, and was under the charge of Dr. Cecil Greenwood (b. 1860/1861). Do you…
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The house of Edwin Trent (1839-1883) on his chicory farm at Templeton: Picturing Canterbury

The house of Edwin Trent (1839-1883) on his chicory farm at Templeton [ca. 1875]. Trent was the first person to grow and process chicory in Australasia. He was known for supervising his workers by watching them through a telescope from up in the tower. The house was demolished in 1968. His farm is now the…
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A bit of a stink

Sometimes in libraries we think about poo. Not necessarily because we want to but because our public toilets sometimes get blocked, sometimes books get Suspicious Stains on them, and sometimes we wonder how many royal toddler toilet training picture books there are... And if you really think about it poo is quite important, and you…
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The old homestead at “Stonyhurst”, a sheep station and stud farm on the north coast of Canterbury: Picturing Canterbury

The old homestead at "Stonyhurst", a sheep station and stud farm on the north coast of Canterbury [ca. 1898]. This station belonged to Sir George Clifford (1813-1893) who took up the run of nearly 60,000 acres in December 1850. He named it after Stonyhurst College, the school he had attended in Lancashire, England. He was…
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Cathedral Square on a tram excursion day to Sumner: Picturing Canterbury

Cathedral Square on a tram excursion day to Sumner [1900]. The seaside suburb of Sumner was first connected to Christchurch city by tram in 1888. Do you have any photographs of trams in Christchurch? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past…
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The Normal School, Cranmer Square, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

In Apr. 1873 the Canterbury Board of Education held a design competition for a projected normal school. The winner was S.C. Farr (1827-1918), a Christchurch architect, with a revised Gothic design. When the Normal School was completed in 1874 at a cost of £14,269, the Montreal Street wing measured 145 ft. and the Kilmore Street…
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