Musical Architecture of Band Rotundas

Brass bands developed as a popular form of musical entertainment in the late 19th century. By the early 20th century, many businesses and suburbs had their own bands, which would play for the public at weekends and during celebrations, as well as compete in competitions. Band rotundas were built in many public spaces across the city to create permanent outdoor locations…
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Children taking donkey rides on Sumner beach, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

Children taking donkey rides on Sumner beach, Christchurch [ca. 1905] Do you have any photographs of summer in Christchurch and Canterbury? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection. Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch and Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute. Visit Kete Christchurch View more Picturing Canterbury posts Children…
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100 years ago: Canterbury Hall fire

"One of the biggest and most destructive fires experienced in the city in recent years took place last night, when the big block of buildings known as the Canterbury Hall, comprising His Majesty's Theatre, the Alexandra and Victoria Halls, the offices of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, the offices of the Canterbury Industrial Association…
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The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

It’s 1940 and the Chilbury village men, young and old alike, are called upon to fight to defend their heritage and their immediate future. The Vicar leaves a note on the church noticeboard stating that ‘As all our male voices have gone to war, the village choir is to close’. This high-handed attitude rattles on…
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Heritage Week 2016

Beca Heritage Week took place from 14 to 24 October 2016. The theme was "Hidden histories - Our stories unearthed”. Christchurch Photo Hunt During the month of October Christchurch City Libraries ran its annual heritage image photo competition, this year with the theme ‘Hidden histories — Our stories unearthed’. Entries were added to online digital repository, Kete Christchurch. Library events…
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Looking – Titiro

Look at Christchurch with new eyes in October with Fun Palaces, SCAPE, and BECA Heritage Week. Fun Palaces In the weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October we will be the first place in the world to get our Fun Palaces on! Take part in free, pop-up arts, science and culture activities for people…
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