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Local History

Local History

Explore local history - the people and places of Ōtautahi.

Local history

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2020

This year's Photo Hunt runs from Friday 18 September to Sunday 8 November. Submit your images of Christchurch online or at the library.

From Paper to Pixel Exhibition

21 September to 1 November 2020
Celebrate our digital heritage collections. Discover the stories of our city.

Ancestry Library Edition

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

Featured events

Who's been sleeping in my house?

Oct 30th | 11:00am - 12:00pm Tūranga
An introduction to learning about your home’s history. Free and no bookings required.
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Popular resources

Popular resources

Picturing Canterbury

Enjoying Autumn in Hagley Park: Picturing Canterbury

Two children enjoy the autumn leaves in Hagley Park, 2016. An entry in the 2016 Photo Hunt. Photo Hunt 2020 runs 18 September to 1 November.

James and Hannah Huston: Picturing Canterbury

The Hustons at home, 48 St Davids Street, Lyttelton, 1948. An entry in the 2019 Photo Hunt. Photo Hunt 2020 runs 18 September to 1 November.

Waterskiing at Taylors Mistake: Picturing Canterbury

Phyllis Leslie waterskiing at Taylors Mistake, 1928. An entry in the 2019 Photo Hunt. Photo Hunt 2020 runs 18 September to 1 November.

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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