Local history: organisations and businesses

Explore our resources on the history of Christchurch organisations and businesses.

Local organisations and businesses


Businesses and Industry

Walker Electric truck
Walker Electric truck


Churches & alternative communities


Schools & education

Hornby and Wigram

Venues: sports and events

Digital Collection

We have digitised many items from our archives that relate to various organisations and businesses from early Canterbury such as:

Christchurch Militia List
In 1860, the following men were called upon to serve in the Christchurch Militia: a 'home guard' for settlers.
1953 Group Show catalogue cover
1953 Group Show catalogue
The Group Catalogues 1927 - 1977
The Group was an informal art association formed in Christchurch in 1927 by seven ex-students of the Canterbury College of Art.
The New Zealand Division in France and Flanders, May 1916 to November 1918
A contemporary diary of pilgrimages in their footsteps April 2002 and July 2005 by John H. Gray.
Christchurch Lunatic Asylum Annual Report, 1868
The Asylum’s second annual report for 1868 written by E.W. Seager, the asylum superintendent. The report lists registration, treatments, entertainments and employment for the patients, as well as a case study of a cure and statistics.

Find more in our digital collection.

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