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We have hit 10,000! We have hit 10,000!

There are now 10,000 images on the Discovery Wall. Sarah picks some stunners from the collection.
There are now 10,000 images on the Discovery Wall. Sarah picks some stunners from the collection.

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2019 Christchurch Photo Hunt 2019

The Christchurch Photo Hunt is our annual heritage image competition. It runs from Tuesday 1 October to Thursday 31 October.
The Christchurch Photo Hunt is our annual heritage image competition. It runs from Tuesday 1 October to Thursday 31 October.

Pizza Hut restaurant, Riccarton, 1981 Pizza Hut restaurant, Riccarton, 1981

Families eating pizza in the new Pizza Hut restaurant in Riccarton shopping mall, 12 May 1981. An image from the Discovery Wall.
Families eating pizza in the new Pizza Hut restaurant in Riccarton shopping mall, 12 May 1981. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Sign at Rakaia Gorge bridge, 1986 Sign at Rakaia Gorge bridge, 1986

Sign incorrectly spelled at Rakaia Gorge bridge. 7 March 1986. An image from the Discovery Wall.
Sign incorrectly spelled at Rakaia Gorge bridge. 7 March 1986. An image from the Discovery Wall.

The funny side of farm life in the 1860s The funny side of farm life in the 1860s

Getting your eyebrows nearly burnt off and other things that shouldn't happen to a Lady - the amusing letters of settler, Mary Anne…
Getting your eyebrows nearly burnt off and other things that shouldn't happen to a Lady - the amusing letters of settler, Mary Anne…

Clark and Queen Motor Services Clark and Queen Motor Services

Joe Queen with a taxidermied brown bear at Clark and Queen Motor Services on Lincoln Road. 19 April 1976. An image from the Discovery Wall.
Joe Queen with a taxidermied brown bear at Clark and Queen Motor Services on Lincoln Road. 19 April 1976. An image from the Discovery Wall.

A flooded Hobson street property A flooded Hobson street property

The Chihuahua of G. Lawrence atop a kennel in the flooded backyard of a Hobson Street property, Woolston. An image from the Discovery Wall.
The Chihuahua of G. Lawrence atop a kennel in the flooded backyard of a Hobson Street property, Woolston. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Christchurch Women's Hospital Christchurch Women's Hospital

Exterior of Christchurch Women's Hospital at 885 Colombo Street, 17 July 1989. An image from the Discovery Wall.
Exterior of Christchurch Women's Hospital at 885 Colombo Street, 17 July 1989. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Vandalised Spitfire, 1984 Vandalised Spitfire, 1984

View of the burnt Spitfire which was vandalised outside the Brevet Club on Memorial Avenue, 1984. A local image from the Discovery Wall.
View of the burnt Spitfire which was vandalised outside the Brevet Club on Memorial Avenue, 1984. A local image from the Discovery Wall.

Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival

Enjoy a wide range of community events and activities from 7 to 28 October 2019. This year’s theme is "Encounter Our Stories".
Enjoy a wide range of community events and activities from 7 to 28 October 2019. This year’s theme is "Encounter Our Stories".

A joy-ride on Lake Ida, 1957 A joy-ride on Lake Ida, 1957

A vintage car taking a sled of children for a joy-ride across the frozen Lake Ida in 1957. An image from the Discovery Wall.
A vintage car taking a sled of children for a joy-ride across the frozen Lake Ida in 1957. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Peace Celebrations, 19-21 July 1919 Peace Celebrations, 19-21 July 1919

On Saturday 19 July 1919, the people of Christchurch gathered for a weekend of celebration to mark the end of "the war to end all…
On Saturday 19 July 1919, the people of Christchurch gathered for a weekend of celebration to mark the end of "the war to end all…

Government Life Building Government Life Building

Photos of the Government Life Building in Cathedral Square which was opened 55 years ago on the 17th July 1964.
Photos of the Government Life Building in Cathedral Square which was opened 55 years ago on the 17th July 1964.

Hyman Marks: Picturing Canterbury Hyman Marks: Picturing Canterbury

Memorial bust of local businessman and hospital donor, Hyman Marks. An image from the Discovery Wall.
Memorial bust of local businessman and hospital donor, Hyman Marks. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Goodbye 86 Gloucester Street Goodbye 86 Gloucester Street

Makers of biscuits, baskets, and boots, purveyors of fine wines, and an olde English pub - welcome to the history of 86 Gloucester St.
Makers of biscuits, baskets, and boots, purveyors of fine wines, and an olde English pub - welcome to the history of 86 Gloucester St.

Dust off your family tree... Dust off your family tree...

Find out more about the history of your family and the city we live in with our heritage courses.
Find out more about the history of your family and the city we live in with our heritage courses.
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