Christchurch Beautifying Association winning gardens – 40 years ago this month

Winning entries for the Christchurch Beautifying Association Andrews Cup competition 40 years ago this month.

Negative strip from the Christchurch Star Archive showing House and garden on Wai-iti Terrace, Fendalton, opens a new window
House and garden on Wai-iti Terrace, Fendalton, 5 October 1981, Christchurch Star Archive, CCL-Star-1981-5073-001-015N-04, opens a new window.
Negative strip from the Christchurch Star Archive showing House and garden on Roberta Drive, Spreydon, opens a new window
House and garden on Roberta Drive, Spreydon, 5 October 1981, Christchurch Star Archive. CCL-Star-1981-5073-001-015N-03, opens a new window.
Negative strip from the Christchurch Star Archive showing House and garden on Northfield Road, Redwood, opens a new window
House and garden on Northfield Road, Redwood, 5 October 1981, Christchurch Star Archive. CCL-Star-1981-5073-001-015N-01, opens a new window.

The Christchurch Beautifying Association began in 1897 with the immediate aim to beautify the city reserves and extended to other areas soon after. They were soon running street and garden competitions and continue to do so today. Maybe you or someone you know has entered one of them?

Explore other images from our collection about Beautifying Christchurch, opens a new window. Or you could contribute images of your own garden entries to our collection through our annual Photo Hunt, opens a new window this month?

These images are just some of thousands in the Christchurch Star Archive that we house and are working through to digitise and make accessible online. There are over 9,900 negatives, opens a new window and 6,040 prints, opens a new window to explore in this particular collection. We now have a total of over 33,000 items, opens a new window that you can explore in Canterbury Stories that include photographs, negatives and maps.

Do you have more information or memories about some of the images and negative strips that we have in the collection? You can add comments and stories to the images so that we all know more about what took place. You can register to post comments directly to the images in the toolbar for Canterbury Stories. Do you have images from this time? If you do and would like to contribute them, you can upload them directly through the Discovery Wall, opens a new window, or contact us, opens a new window if you have more than a few!

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