Local History

Local History

Explore local history - the people and places of Ōtautahi.

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your family history. Includes records from United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Access now until 30 June

Featured local history

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.

Chch 100 years ago

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

Canterbury Colonial Crimewatch

Local history librarian, Glenn, looks at how police tracked down criminals in the days before fingerprints or mugshots.

#LibraryFromHome

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your family history. Includes records from United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Access now until 30 June

Uncovering stories: Miss Banks and the Titanic

Family history librarian, Julie, looks into the life of a Christchurch teacher using online resources, and discovers a Titanic connection.

Family history tips: Beginners' guide to burials

Fiona looks at key resources that can help in the search for death and burial information in your family history.

Discovering a photo and uncovering a story

Family history librarian, Julie, looks into the life of a Christchurch teacher using online resources, and disappears down a rabbit hole...

Escape into Family History

Current family difficult to manage? You'll find your past family much quieter. Now is the time to do some research using online resources.

Teddy Bears!

Going on a bear hunt through our collection!

Lockdown activities

Be inspired by some activities captured in our digital heritage collection that you could attempt with your bubble during our Lockdown.

Supermarkets

Take a look back at some of the supermarket photos from our collection.

Around the Square

Move around Cathedral Square with a selection of images from our collection over time.

Summer antics

Some highlights from our collection showing summertime activities around Canterbury.

Lantern Festival

View photos from Christchurch Lantern Festivals over the years.

Christchurch Street and Place Names

Explore this resource that explains the origins of Christchurch street and place names.

Popular resources

Popular resources

Picturing Canterbury

Autumn in lockdown: Picturing Canterbury

Victoria Square became a true autumn delight over lockdown as the fallen leaves went uncollected. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Loading wheat at Lyttelton: Picturing Canterbury

Workers in protective clothing guide a mechanical wheat trimmer in the hold of the Kaimai, Lyttelton, 1969. An image from the Discovery Wall

Climbing a fire engine ladder: Picturing Canterbury

Colin Bryant, at the top of an extension ladder on a fire engine outside the Central Fire Station,1973. 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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