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.

Featured topics

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.

Crimes of the 19th century: Canterbury Police Gazette

Glenn delves into the quaint and unusual crimes and misdemeanours reported to Christchurch police, 1863-1877.

#LibraryFromHome

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.

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your family history. Includes records from United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

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

Edmonds factory demolition: Picturing Canterbury

A Linwood High School student runs past the demolition of the Edmonds factory on Aldwins Road, 1990. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Burning car on Centaurus Road: Picturing Canterbury

A car on fire in Centaurus Road, 1970. An image from the Discovery Wall.

World bed pushing record attempt: Picturing Canterbury

North Christchurch Jaycees Jim Wallace, Trevor Bayliss and Colin McNicholl pushing a bed to raise funds for the Bishopdale playground, 1972.

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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