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Local History

Kittens in a detective's hat Kittens in a detective's hat

From the Discovery Wall: Detective John Whiting with three kittens in his hat after finding them whilst on patrol in the Coutts Island area.
From the Discovery Wall: Detective John Whiting with three kittens in his hat after finding them whilst on patrol in the Coutts Island area.

Exhibition: Following the Sumner Road Exhibition: Following the Sumner Road

Dual exhibitions at Lyttelton Library and Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre mark the reopening of the vital (and very scenic) Sumner Road.
Dual exhibitions at Lyttelton Library and Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre mark the reopening of the vital (and very scenic) Sumner Road.

Mushroom cloud formation Mushroom cloud formation

In January 1985, a concerning looking cloud formed over the Port Hills. In the foreground is the Government Life building. 
In January 1985, a concerning looking cloud formed over the Port Hills. In the foreground is the Government Life building. 

The Christchurch Town Hall reopens The Christchurch Town Hall reopens

The Christchurch Town Hall was officially reopened by Mayor Lianne Dalziel on Saturday 23 February. We celebrate its history.
The Christchurch Town Hall was officially reopened by Mayor Lianne Dalziel on Saturday 23 February. We celebrate its history.

Alison Comfort & Merrie-Midgets puppets Alison Comfort & Merrie-Midgets puppets

The Merrie-Midgets were a puppet show hand-crafted, built and performed by the Comfort family of Christchurch in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Merrie-Midgets were a puppet show hand-crafted, built and performed by the Comfort family of Christchurch in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rink Stables: Horses and rollerskates Rink Stables: Horses and rollerskates

Rollerskating was all the rage in the Victorian era and Christchurch joined the trend in 1876. Joyce digs into the history of Rink Stables.
Rollerskating was all the rage in the Victorian era and Christchurch joined the trend in 1876. Joyce digs into the history of Rink Stables.

Mac the dog pulling a sulky, Colombo St Mac the dog pulling a sulky, Colombo St

Mac is pulling a sulky carrying Jenny-Lee Barnes, 1966. A glimpse of local history from our Discovery Wall website.
Mac is pulling a sulky carrying Jenny-Lee Barnes, 1966. A glimpse of local history from our Discovery Wall website.

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.

"Knight" riding on a horse, Hagley Park "Knight" riding on a horse, Hagley Park

A rider, Miss Sue Morrish, dressed as a knight riding on a horse, Nordick, North Hagley Park for the filming of a TV commercial in 1982.
A rider, Miss Sue Morrish, dressed as a knight riding on a horse, Nordick, North Hagley Park for the filming of a TV commercial in 1982.

Traffic officer checking a licence Traffic officer checking a licence

Miss P. Stokes, traffic officer, checking the driver's licence of a man sitting in a car, 1967. An image from the Discovery Wall website.
Miss P. Stokes, traffic officer, checking the driver's licence of a man sitting in a car, 1967. An image from the Discovery Wall website.

Corin Dann in Alice in Wonderland Corin Dann in Alice in Wonderland

Christchurch South Intermediate pupils, including journalist Corin Dann, as characters in a musical of Alice in Wonderland. 2 December 1987.
Christchurch South Intermediate pupils, including journalist Corin Dann, as characters in a musical of Alice in Wonderland. 2 December 1987.

Chung Wah, Armagh Street, 1985 Chung Wah, Armagh Street, 1985

Exterior of Chung Wah restaurant at 121-123 Armagh Street. 18 May 1985.  A piece of local history from the Discovery Wall website.
Exterior of Chung Wah restaurant at 121-123 Armagh Street. 18 May 1985.  A piece of local history from the Discovery Wall website.

Frighteners: Picturing Canterbury Frighteners: Picturing Canterbury

Michael J Fox and Peter Jackson on The Frighteners set. Christchurch Star archive. In copyright. CCL-StarP-00537A.
Michael J Fox and Peter Jackson on The Frighteners set. Christchurch Star archive. In copyright. CCL-StarP-00537A.

Picturing Canterbury: Model Whale Picturing Canterbury: Model Whale

Model of a whale on a forklift truck. Christchurch Star archive. In copyright. CCL-StarP-0388A https://discoverywall.nz/media/5755
Model of a whale on a forklift truck. Christchurch Star archive. In copyright. CCL-StarP-0388A https://discoverywall.nz/media/5755

Capture Your Story Capture Your Story

Feb 11th | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Learn to make a video about your family history using photos, documents, and family stories. Book now for this six-week course.
Learn to make a video about your family history using photos, documents, and family stories. Book now for this six-week course.

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