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The prison camp, Hanmer Springs, 1904 The prison camp, Hanmer Springs, 1904

In the 1900s in Hanmer Springs prisoners were used as labour growing exotic trees. From Christchurch City Libraries' Images Collection.
In the 1900s in Hanmer Springs prisoners were used as labour growing exotic trees. From Christchurch City Libraries' Images Collection.

Kennedy Assassinated! Kennedy Assassinated!

What were you doing on 23 November 1963? Simon explores what was happening in Christchurch on that fateful day.
What were you doing on 23 November 1963? Simon explores what was happening in Christchurch on that fateful day.

Ballantynes' Fire 70th Anniversary Ballantynes' Fire 70th Anniversary

By Pruccl
On 18 November 1947, 41 people died in a fire at Ballantynes' Department Store.
On 18 November 1947, 41 people died in a fire at Ballantynes' Department Store.

Armistice Day - Will you remember them? Armistice Day - Will you remember them?

Saturday 11 November is the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War.
Saturday 11 November is the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War.

100 years ago: Canterbury Hall fire 100 years ago: Canterbury Hall fire

12 Nov 1917: "One of the biggest and most destructive fires experienced in the city in recent years took place last night ..."
12 Nov 1917: "One of the biggest and most destructive fires experienced in the city in recent years took place last night ..."

Edward Aubrey & the Battle of Beersheba Edward Aubrey & the Battle of Beersheba

The Battle of Beersheba was fought 100 years ago. We have a digitised diary of Edward Aubrey who fought & was wounded there.
The Battle of Beersheba was fought 100 years ago. We have a digitised diary of Edward Aubrey who fought & was wounded there.

Parihaka Parihaka

There was a peaceful resistance to a militia invasion of Taranaki settlement Parihaka 5 November 1881. Discover the Christchurch connection.
There was a peaceful resistance to a militia invasion of Taranaki settlement Parihaka 5 November 1881. Discover the Christchurch connection.

Zetland Arms hotel: Picturing Canterbury Zetland Arms hotel: Picturing Canterbury

This early wooden hotel on Cashel St was originally an eating house. It was condemned in 1902 and later demolished.
This early wooden hotel on Cashel St was originally an eating house. It was condemned in 1902 and later demolished.

Bathing beauties at Corsair Bay Bathing beauties at Corsair Bay

Neck to knee bathing costumes, around 1920. Mother and daughter Alice and Venis with two cousins. Historical image from Kete Christchurch.
Neck to knee bathing costumes, around 1920. Mother and daughter Alice and Venis with two cousins. Historical image from Kete Christchurch.

Gordon Ogilvie, 1934 - 2017 Gordon Ogilvie, 1934 - 2017

Historian, Gordon Ogilvie, had a passion for the Port Hills and Banks Peninsula and leaves a legacy of works on local history.
Historian, Gordon Ogilvie, had a passion for the Port Hills and Banks Peninsula and leaves a legacy of works on local history.

A 1920s bloke's shed, Merivale A 1920s bloke's shed, Merivale

At 60 Aikmans Road, Merivale. This shed held the prized family car, the motorbike, tools and was also used for the family business.
At 60 Aikmans Road, Merivale. This shed held the prized family car, the motorbike, tools and was also used for the family business.

Antarctic Season Opening 2017 Antarctic Season Opening 2017

Christchurch has a long history of playing host to Antarctic explorers and scientists. Find out more in our blog post.
Christchurch has a long history of playing host to Antarctic explorers and scientists. Find out more in our blog post.

Curragh Cottage: Picturing Canterbury Curragh Cottage: Picturing Canterbury

Curragh Cottage, Ferrymead Heritage Park. Originally erected at 104 Holly Road. Photo from Kete Christchurch.
Curragh Cottage, Ferrymead Heritage Park. Originally erected at 104 Holly Road. Photo from Kete Christchurch.

Students Avon River Bike Race Students Avon River Bike Race

Avon River bike race for University of Canterbury rag day. An image from Kete Christchurch.
Avon River bike race for University of Canterbury rag day. An image from Kete Christchurch.

19 September 1893 - The Vote 19 September 1893 - The Vote

124 years ago - on 19 September 1893 - women in New Zealand got the vote. On the day after, The Press editorial is quite revealing...
124 years ago - on 19 September 1893 - women in New Zealand got the vote. On the day after, The Press editorial is quite revealing...

From the Sign of the Takahe From the Sign of the Takahe

Photo aken from the Sign of the Takahe out a window across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. An image from Kete Christchurch.
Photo aken from the Sign of the Takahe out a window across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. An image from Kete Christchurch.
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