Traffic officer checking a driver’s licence: Picturing Canterbury

Miss P. Stokes, traffic officer, checking the driver's licence of a man sitting in a car. 12 August 1967.  Do you have any photographs of Christchurch in the 1960s? 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…
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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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Camping at Hanmer River: Picturing Canterbury

Family camping at Hanmer River, Christmas/New Year 1958.  Annual event with often three generations present. Do you have any photographs of camping in Canterbury? 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…
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A Very Big Deal – Charles Kingsford-Smith’s flight to Wigram, 11 September 1928

When it's so easy to cross the Tasman, many people do - a winter holiday on the Gold Coast, a show in Melbourne, shopping in Sydney, family in Perth ...thousands of Kiwis travel to Australia every year, and its easy to forget that the very first trans-Tasman flight was less than 100 years ago and…
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Christchurch to Lyttelton suburban Ec electric locomotive undergoing maintenance in the Addington Workshops: Picturing Canterbury

Christchurch to Lyttelton suburban Ec electric locomotive undergoing maintenance in the Addington Workshops [ca. 1960]. Built between 1879-1880, the Addington railway workshops replaced an earlier railway workshop (the first in New Zealand) and continued to operate until December 1990. The New Zealand EC class locomotive was designed by English Electric in 1928 to serve the…
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Ferrymead: House and hotel

The modern Ferry Road Bridge marks the site of where a ferry service once operated to serve those settlers who, after having arrived in Lyttelton and having crossed the Port Hills via the Bridle Path, would commence the final leg of their journey to Christchurch. When standing on the bridge, let your gaze wander along…
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Parachutist free-falling from a Gipsy Moth over Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

The ZK-AAW was a Gypsy Moth which belonged to the Canterbury Aero Club and was used to train pilots. In 1933 it was used as a support plane for a parachute drop performed by "Scotty" Frazer. In 1935, while being flown by J.J. Busch on a return flight from Rangiora to the Wigram aerodrome, it…
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