Local History

Local History

Explore local history - the people and places of Ōtautahi.

Local history

Ōtautahi Quiz

It’s a New Year, so try our new quiz. For starters let's test how well you know Christchurch City Libraries.

Tī Kōuka Whenua

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

Ancestry Library Edition

Free remotely until 31 March 2021. Trace your family history. Includes records from U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Popular resources

Popular resources

Picturing Canterbury

Whole Sunday School at White Sunday: Picturing Canterbury

St Paul's Trinity Pacific White Sunday / Lotu Tamaiti with the whole Sunday School,1994. An image from the Discovery Wall.

New bus drivers: Picturing Canterbury

Linda Cusack, Jane Holton and Carol Banks new bus drivers with a bus outside 14 Cathedral Square, 1979. An image from the Discovery Wall.

The Stratton family camping at Selwyn Motor Camp

Mr Stratton, Mrs Stratton with Barry and Denyse (and budgie, Tinker) at Selwyn Motor Camp, Timaru, 1965. 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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