Local History

Local History

Explore local history - the people and places of Ōtautahi.

Ancestry Library Edition

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

Featured event

Christchurch Family History Expo Fri 14 & Sat 15 August

Come along to Tūranga for two days of family history events.

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

Paper cranes for Hiroshima Day: Picturing Canterbury

Japanese students at Christchurch Polytechnic with paper cranes in remembrance of Hiroshima Day, 1991. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Eel fishing at Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora, 1968

Eel fishing Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora. Selwyn (Sel) Lockie on left, 1968. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Margaret McKinlay on her 100th birthday

Margaret McKinlay celebrating her 100th birthday at the Nurse Maude Hospital in Merivale, 1982. 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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