Local History

Local History

Explore local history - the people and places of Ōtautahi.

Ancestry Library Edition

Free remotely until 31 July. Trace your family history. Includes records from U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Featured event

KidsFest: My Family! My Story!

Thursday 9 & 16 July, 9.30am - 12pm
Become a family history detective for the morning in this fun session that looks at ways to uncover your ancestors. 9-12 yrs, $7 per child.

Featured local history

The Samuel Anstey Collection - Canterbury Stories

Images of the early 1900s from the Samuel Anstey collection are now in focus on digital heritage site Canterbury Stories.

Pestilence parallels - The 1918 influenza pandemic

Joyce looks at what the papers had to say during the Influenza epidemic of 1918 and sees some parallels with the current global pandemic.

Christchurch history

Books to read if you want in introduction to the history of Christchurch. A Christchurch City Libraries list.

Chch 100 years ago

100 years ago in Christchurch & Canterbury. Follow @100chch on Twitter.

Popular resources

Popular resources

Picturing Canterbury

Rolleston volunteer firefighters: Picturing Canterbury

Volunteer firefighters, part of the Rolleston Voluntary Fire Brigade, 1991. An image from the Discovery Wall.

60s Up Club glider trip: Picturing Canterbury

Margaret Williams, a member of the 60s Up Club in a glider ahead of a flight with her instructor, 1995. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Revival Rides: Picturing Canterbury

Horse drawn carriage driven by Maria for Revival Rides travelling along Rolleston Avenue, 1988. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Discovery Wall

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

Tī Kōuka Whenua

Explore the vibrant past of Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region that extends back many hundreds of years before 1850.
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