Mac the dog pulling a sulky, Colombo Street: Picturing Canterbury

Mac the dog waiting at traffic lights whilst a bus goes past along Colombo Street. Mac is pulling a sulky carrying Jenny-Lee Barnes, aged 2 1/2 whilst passers-by watch. 21 May 1966. Do you have any photographs of Colombo Street in the 1960s? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which…
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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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Messrs Minson & Co.’s Premises, Colombo Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

This was for many years a leading Christchurch crockery and glassware store. It was opened on 1 Jan. 1857 in Colombo Street by William Neeve, an ironmonger, who owned it for 16 years before selling it to John Hallifield Spencer in 1873. Later owners were James Mortlock and Thomas Hudson who traded as Mortlock and…
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A Christmas parade passes along Colombo Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

An elephant carrying Father Christmas is T.J. Armstrong & Co's contribution to a Christmas parade. It is shown passing the Colombo Street store. The Market Hotel is pictured on the left. Do you have any photographs of Christmas parades in Canterbury? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. Kete Christchurch is a collection of…
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