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Coalgate or bust! The great snow of 1918 Coalgate or bust! The great snow of 1918

Christchurch is without power and Canterbury completely cut off. In 1918 it took travel by car, horse and skis to get the power back on.
Christchurch is without power and Canterbury completely cut off. In 1918 it took travel by car, horse and skis to get the power back on.

Alice Grundy feeding Topsy the horse Alice Grundy feeding Topsy the horse

Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.

140 years ago 140 years ago

The College or Clock tower block was built in front of the laboratory on Worcester Street and both were officially opened on the 7 June 1877
The College or Clock tower block was built in front of the laboratory on Worcester Street and both were officially opened on the 7 June 1877

100 years ago: Sign of the Kiwi opens 100 years ago: Sign of the Kiwi opens

In June 1917, the new tea house at the summit of Dyer’s Pass was officially opened. Find out the history of The Sign of the Kiwi.
In June 1917, the new tea house at the summit of Dyer’s Pass was officially opened. Find out the history of The Sign of the Kiwi.

Winter Sports in Canterbury: Ice Skating Winter Sports in Canterbury: Ice Skating

A fascinating look at the places Cantabrians have enjoyed that most wintery of activities... ice skating.
A fascinating look at the places Cantabrians have enjoyed that most wintery of activities... ice skating.

30 years nuclear-free New Zealand 30 years nuclear-free New Zealand

Podcast episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia with recommended reading and resources.
Podcast episode from specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia with recommended reading and resources.

80 years old: Citizens' War Memorial 80 years old: Citizens' War Memorial

The Citizens' War Memorial is still there, hidden behind the cordon. It was unveiled on 9 June 1937.
The Citizens' War Memorial is still there, hidden behind the cordon. It was unveiled on 9 June 1937.

Nurses' Home: Picturing Canterbury Nurses' Home: Picturing Canterbury

From Beautiful Christchurch - a set of postcards containing 8 colour images and 8 black & white, published by Tanner Couch Ltd.
From Beautiful Christchurch - a set of postcards containing 8 colour images and 8 black & white, published by Tanner Couch Ltd.

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Harold Parsons, Horse and Cart Harold Parsons, Horse and Cart

Harold Parsons in suit with three children, St Martins, circa 1915. From online collection, Kete Christchurch.
Harold Parsons in suit with three children, St Martins, circa 1915. From online collection, Kete Christchurch.

Mabel Howard NZ's first Cabinet Minister Mabel Howard NZ's first Cabinet Minister

It is 70 years since Mabel Howard (1894 - 1972) became New Zealand's first woman Cabinet Minister.  
It is 70 years since Mabel Howard (1894 - 1972) became New Zealand's first woman Cabinet Minister.  

New eResource - The BWB Collections New eResource - The BWB Collections

Bridget Williams Books (BWB) have a series of online collections that are now available at Christchurch City Libraries.
Bridget Williams Books (BWB) have a series of online collections that are now available at Christchurch City Libraries.

Old Accommodation House Old Accommodation House

Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.
Photo from Kete Christchurch, a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present.

All about Ada All about Ada

On 2 May 1917, Ada Wells was the first woman elected to the Christchurch City Council.
On 2 May 1917, Ada Wells was the first woman elected to the Christchurch City Council.

May 1917: 1st flight, Sockburn Aerodrome May 1917: 1st flight, Sockburn Aerodrome

100 years ago Sir Henry Wigram's flight school, later Wigram Aerodrome, began operations in Sockburn.
100 years ago Sir Henry Wigram's flight school, later Wigram Aerodrome, began operations in Sockburn.
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