Albert the sheep in a bath: Picturing Canterbury

Mrs Rosemary Halloumis giving her pet sheep, Albert, a bath at his home on Taylors Avenue, Fendalton. Albert is being groomed ahead of his appearance at the Christchurch Festival floral parade. 25 February 1984. Do you have any photographs of the Christchurch Festival floral parades? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive…
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Kittens in a detective’s hat: Picturing Canterbury

John Whiting a Papanui detective, with three kittens in his hat after finding them whilst on patrol in the Coutts Island area. Do you have any interesting photographs of animals in Christchurch? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows several people to simultaneously explore images and stories of…
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Mushroom cloud formation: Picturing Canterbury

Mushroom cloud formation over the Port Hills. In the foreground is the Government Life building. 26 January 1985. Appearing on the same day as when acting Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer confirmed that New Zealand would not abandon its anti-nuclear stand, the Christchurch Weather Office reassured residents that the cloud was just a Cumulonimbus cloud formation. Do…
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Knight riding on a horse through Hagley Park: Picturing Canterbury

A rider, Miss Sue Morrish, dressed as a knight riding on a horse, Nordick, through Helmores Lanes, North Hagley Park for the filming of a commercial for a Christchurch firm. 16 June 1982. Do you have any photographs of North Hagley Park? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows…
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Chung Wah, Armagh Street: Picturing Canterbury

Exterior of Chung Wah restaurant at 121-123 Armagh Street. 18 May 1985.  Upper Riccarton Library will host an exhibition of photos of Chung Wah Restaurant from Saturday 26 January to Friday 8 February.  Do you have any photographs of restaurants in Christchurch in the 1980s? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition…
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Picturing Canterbury: University students champagne breakfast on roundabout

3 March 1983.  Students, Tim Brooks, Karen O'Donnell, Richard Lake, Carol Hooke, Mark Alexander, and Shona Osmond having a champagne breakfast at Deans Avenue-Blenheim Road roundabout. Do you have any photographs of student life in Christchurch? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows several people to simultaneously explore…
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Nuclear free parade, Akaroa, Mothers Day: Christchurch Photo Hunt 2018

October is Photo Hunt month at Christchurch City Libraries. We invite you to share any of your photos and help grow the city's photographic archive. All entries must be received by 31 October. Christchurch City Libraries has produced a set of four postcards promoting the competition which are available from your local library. Each week during…
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A glimpse of libraries past

As we move ever closer to the opening of Tūranga, it can be interesting to reflect and look back on how far libraries have come in the last few decades. Looking at our fabulous digital collections I hit a fascinating and poignant vein of images of Christchurch libraries past. Particularly poignant is this image of…
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What were we listening to in 1988? – A musical nostalgia trip!

Nothing is as quite as good as music for transporting you back to past times of love, loss, and the gaining of life's experiences. I know that most of my childhood can be most effectively measured musically! I was suitably shocked to learn that 'Simply Irresistible' by Robert Palmer featured prominently in the New Zealand…
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Photo Hunt October: Interior of Terminus Convenience Store, Opawa, 1980s

Entry in the 2012 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. PH12, img104, Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License. Interior of Terminus Convenience Store, 134 Opawa Road, sometime between April 1986 and April 1989. Italian owner behind counter. Christchurch City Libraries has been running an annual Photo Hunt in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Week…
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