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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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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Model of a whale on a forklift truck: Picturing Canterbury

Model of a whale on a forklift truck. Circa 1990s. Neil Chandler, workshop technician, stood underneath a large model of a humpback whale in the carpark at Science Alive, Moorhouse Avenue. Do you have any photographs of Science Alive, Moorhouse Avenue? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows several…
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Sheep being herded towards Cathedral Square: Picturing Canterbury

Sheep being herded towards Cathedral Square 9 March 1995 Sheep being herded down Cathedral Square road from Worcester Street being followed by crowds of people on foot. Canterbury Museum, Harley Chambers, Municipal Chambers and Rydges Hotel are along the right hand side. Do you have any photographs of Worcester Street? If so, feel free to contribute to our…
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Safety Week – The elephant never forgets: Picturing Canterbury

Do you have any photographs of parades 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 the history of the people and places of Christchurch. It is viewable on the ground floor of Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New…
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Inside the Four Avenues – exhibition opens Wednesday 21 November, 5.30pm at Tūranga

Nearly eight years on, the yearning for a vibrant city centre still persists, but there is hope. Hope captured in the moments of collective celebration; the intimacy between two young students; the connection between friends and neighbours as they work, live and play - all within the boundaries of an inner city reinventing itself. In…
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Before Tūranga – The Masonic Hotel and Montague’s Corner

The first in a series of posts that looks at the history of the central Christchurch sites on which your new library, Tūranga, has been built. Imagine you are peeking through Tūranga's ground floor window on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo, possibly drooling over all the yummies in Foundation Café... insert TIMEY WIMEY STUFF..…
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