Local History

Local History

Explore local history - the people and places of Ōtautahi.

The Christchurch Documentary Project

Photographers show ever-changing Christchurch: the central city, Bishopdale, the seaside suburbs, Halswell, and Woolston!

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Christchurch Street and Place Names

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

Chch 100 years ago

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

Māori place names

Resources to help find Māori place names in Christchurch and New Zealand.

Christchurch Photo Hunt 2019 - The Winners

Photo Hunt 2019 was an outstanding success with a record number of entries — 543 entries.

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Local history resources

Local history resources

An annotated bibliography of published sources on the history of Christchurch, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula.

Discovery Wall

Discovery Wall: Royal visits

A photo gallery of royal visits to Christchurch on our Discovery Wall website.

Digital maps

Digital maps

This is a collection of digital images of historical maps. The maps focus mostly on Christchurch and Canterbury.

Picturing Canterbury

Queuing at Lancaster Park for Canterbury-Lions tickets

Three teenagers sitting outside Lancaster Park queuing to get the best tickets for the rugby match,1971. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Cooking steak: Picturing Canterbury

Municipal Electricity Department workers cooking steak in St Albans in 1964. An image from the Discovery Wall.

Camping at Hanmer River: Picturing Canterbury

Family camping at Hanmer River, Christmas/New Year 1958. 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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