Local History

Local History

Explore local history - the people and places of Ōtautahi.

Local history

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.

Tī Kōuka Whenua

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

Popular resources

Popular resources

Picturing Canterbury

Palmer & Doak: Picturing Canterbury

Palmer & Doak motor garage, Northern A&P Assoc. and Fred Truscott Saddler & Harness Makers, Rangiora, 1930. An image from The Discovery Wall

Elephants on Rolleston Avenue: Picturing Canterbury

Elephants and horses from a visiting circus being exercised, Rolleston Avenue, 1979. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Walking Indian bonnet monkeys: Picturing Canterbury

Side show staff walking Indian bonnet macaque monkeys at the A & P show, 10 November 1981. 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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