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Local History

Inside the Four Avenues Inside the Four Avenues

The Christchurch Documentary Project looks at life in the inner city. Exhibition opens Wednesday 21 November, 5.30pm at Tūranga.
The Christchurch Documentary Project looks at life in the inner city. Exhibition opens Wednesday 21 November, 5.30pm at Tūranga.

Strength and Perseverance: exhibition Strength and Perseverance: exhibition

Oct 18th | 9:00am - Feb 28th | 8:00pm
Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2,…
A digital exhibition about the fight for women's rights and independence. It explores what has been achieved and how we got here.
A digital exhibition about the fight for women's rights and independence. It explores what has been achieved and how we got here.

University students champagne breakfast University students champagne breakfast

Students having a champagne breakfast on the Deans Ave/Blenheim Road roundabout, 1983. An image from the Discovery Wall website.
Students having a champagne breakfast on the Deans Ave/Blenheim Road roundabout, 1983. An image from the Discovery Wall website.

Before Tūranga - The Coachman Inn Before Tūranga - The Coachman Inn

By Moata
The history of the hotels that stood at 144 Gloucester Street - The Criterion, The New Criterion, The Dominion, and The Coachman Inn.
The history of the hotels that stood at 144 Gloucester Street - The Criterion, The New Criterion, The Dominion, and The Coachman Inn.

Before Tūranga – The Lyttelton Times Before Tūranga – The Lyttelton Times

Gingerbread architecture, sleepless hotel guests, and a "hippie emporium" - all used to be where Tūranga is now. Find out more in our post.
Gingerbread architecture, sleepless hotel guests, and a "hippie emporium" - all used to be where Tūranga is now. Find out more in our post.

Discovery Wall Discovery Wall

Tūranga is the home of New Zealand’s largest digital touchwall. Find out more, and how you can contribute to this unique heritage resource.
Tūranga is the home of New Zealand’s largest digital touchwall. Find out more, and how you can contribute to this unique heritage resource.

A tweet by: ChCh 100 years ago

Before Tūranga - Hobbs’ Corner Before Tūranga - Hobbs’ Corner

A look back at the businesses, buildings and people associated with the central Christchurch site where Tūranga now stands.
A look back at the businesses, buildings and people associated with the central Christchurch site where Tūranga now stands.

A tweet by: ChCh 100 years ago

The Masonic Hotel and Montague's Corner The Masonic Hotel and Montague's Corner

A look back at the businesses, buildings and people associated with the central Christchurch site where Tūranga now stands.
A look back at the businesses, buildings and people associated with the central Christchurch site where Tūranga now stands.

The Suffrage Experiment in New Zealand The Suffrage Experiment in New Zealand

125 years ago - on 19 September 1893 - New Zealand women won the right to vote . Registrations closed six weeks after that date ...
125 years ago - on 19 September 1893 - New Zealand women won the right to vote . Registrations closed six weeks after that date ...

Charlie Sumner: Picturing Canterbury Charlie Sumner: Picturing Canterbury

Mr. Charlie Sumner, holding pipe, in Cathedral square, circa 1958. An entry in our Christchurch Photo Hunt from 2013.
Mr. Charlie Sumner, holding pipe, in Cathedral square, circa 1958. An entry in our Christchurch Photo Hunt from 2013.

Prisoners planting trees, Hanmer. Prisoners planting trees, Hanmer.

Prisoners planting trees on the Hanmer Plains [ca. 1904]. An image from our Digital Collection.
Prisoners planting trees on the Hanmer Plains [ca. 1904]. An image from our Digital Collection.

A Very Big Deal A Very Big Deal

Charles Kingsford-Smith and his crew flew the Southern Cross to Wigram 90 years ago on 11 September 1928
Charles Kingsford-Smith and his crew flew the Southern Cross to Wigram 90 years ago on 11 September 1928

Ferrymead: House and hotel Ferrymead: House and hotel

The story of an old house on the banks of the Heathcote River is also the story of early Christchurch.
The story of an old house on the banks of the Heathcote River is also the story of early Christchurch.

Parachutist free-falling Parachutist free-falling

The ZK-AAW was a Gypsy Moth which belonged to the Canterbury Aero Club and was used to train pilots. An image from our Digital Collection.
The ZK-AAW was a Gypsy Moth which belonged to the Canterbury Aero Club and was used to train pilots. An image from our Digital Collection.
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