Murder, farming, drugs, quintuplets, dentists, defence, Royal New Zealand Navy and Airforce, escape from custody, smuggling, currency, bicycles and cults and sects are just a few of the hundreds of subjects that feature in the Christchurch Star archive. Christchurch Star archive is an extensive collection of photographic prints, negatives and newspaper clippings mostly covering local stories including community events, local people, places and sporting events from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The Christchurch Star newspaper is a local daily paper that ran daily from 1868 to 1991. Since then, The Star has been produced as a free paper (currently published once a week). During the earthquakes, the Star photograph library collection suffered liquefaction damage and was subsequently rescued and moved to two separate locations for safekeeping by Star Media. When Star Media moved to their location on Lincoln Road, they had limited space and a home for the collection was found with Christchurch City Libraries.
To provide access to the Christchurch Star collection, the Library has been scanning and adding images to the Discovery Wall. Currently there are over 4000 images from the copy prints collection available online, and over the next few years we will be bringing you more material from both the copy prints and negative collections.
Browse the images, and use the comments to add to the stories.