Christchurch


Friday 25 April 2014 is ANZAC Day. Christchurch is currently celebrating Anzac Day with a Dawn Service in Cranmer Square (where a temporary cenotaph is erected) and a Citizens Service at the ChristChurch Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square. The details for each service are available on the Christchurch City Council website. For the locations and times of other commemorations around Christchurch details can be found on the RSA website.

Each year many wreaths and bouquets from the Dawn Service end up at the statue of Sgt Henry James Nicholas V.C. M.M., northwest of the Bridge of Remembrance on Cambridge Terrace.

Wreaths by statue of Sergeant Henry Nicholas

Sergeant Henry NicholasHenry Nicholas was the first soldier from the Canterbury Regiment to be awarded the Victoria Cross. He died in action on 23October 1918 aged 26. He was awarded the Military Medal posthumously for his bravery during the fight for the bridgeheads at the River Ecaillon near the village of Beaudignies on 23 October 1918, 12 days before the New Zealanders’ capture of the town of Le Quesnoy.

All of our libraries are closed on ANZAC Day.

Yesterday Marion pointed out that Ngaio Marsh was so much more than a crime writer. But remember we  we have over 30 of her crime novels as eBooks.

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Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh photographed during the 1940s : “Ngaio in the spotlight” [194-]

Many people think of Ngaio Marsh as the crime writer. But how many realise how much Ngaio Marsh enriched the cultural life of Christchurch with her devotion to theatre production and mentoring young people with dramatic aspirations.

People like Ngaio make a huge contribution to their communities as their influence lingers on in the people they have encouraged. It seems appropriate that her name lived on in a theatre – the Ngaio Marsh Theatre at the University of Canterbury (sadly closed due to earthquake damage), as well as in the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel.

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Image of The Supply Stores

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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.

21 April 1971
Court Theatre’s first production, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”.

22 April 1869
Visit of the Duke of Edinburgh (New Zealand’s first royal visitor).

23-24 April 1966
Visit by Queen Mother.

23 April 1895
Regular Lyttelton – Wellington Cook Strait ferry service inaugurated by “Penguin”.

25 April 1864
Canterbury Horticultural and Acclimatisation Society formed. This group introduced many animals, birds and fish to Canterbury, and helped to establish the Government Gardens, which eventually became the Botanic Gardens.

Photo: The Territorials Cross The Bridge Of Remembrance On The Way To King Edward Barracks (25 Apr. 1926).

The Territorials Cross The Bridge Of Remembrance On The Way To King Edward Barracks (25 Apr. 1926). Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 3, IMG0052 .

25 April 1977
Bridge of Remembrance becomes a pedestrian precinct.

25 April 1981
New $16 million postal centre in Hereford Street in operation. A determined fight by civic groups had failed to prevent its siting next to the old Public Library.

26 April 1852
Christ’s College moves from Lyttelton to Christchurch.

More April events in our Christchurch chronology.

cover of Easter Things to Make and DoIt’s a weird old Easter this year. It’s late,  and jammed up snugly against school holidays and ANZAC weekend. There’s long weekends aplenty and time to get those last gardeny things sorted or maybe take a break out of the city before the winter truly sets in.

Easter chocolate excesses have been in the shops since January and Hot Cross Buns seem to be available year round.  I always plonk my curmudgeon hat firmly on my head when it comes to these yummy fruity, spicy buns. How  can you sell buns filled with chocolate without a single currant in sight as a Hot Cross Bun? Humpf!!

If you want to learn about the origins of Easter, when the libraries will be open or other information about this religious and increasingly secular celebration, then look no further than the Christchurch City Library Easter pages .

What to do, what to do?

At the Transitional Cathedral, known more affectionately as The Cardboard Cathedral, there is an art exhibit  “Station’s of the Cross” by John Badcock . There will be traditional church services throughout the town, and more farmers and craft markets than you can shake a foil covered stick at.cover of Awesome Autumn

For the egg lovers, there is the Whittakers Big Egg Hunt. New Zealand Artists have created 100 giant eggs and scattered them around New Zealand, some of them are hidden in our fair city. While not a traditionally Easter activity, Zombie: Red Zone  Gaming will be an adrenalin pumper for the fitter among us. A great way to work of that chocolate perhaps?

Open in time for Easter and the school holidays, is the Washington Way Skate Park, revamped and awesome, it is now one of the biggest and most challenging parks in the country.

I’m hoping the weather will be kind and allow me to get some gardening done, so I can hibernate over the up coming winter, and look at it, tidy, from the inside.

Whatever you plan to do this Easter, I hope you can relax, enjoy some time with family and friends and maybe hunt for a few eggs or scuff through the leaves in Hagley Park.

What are your plans for your days off? Got any great events you’d like to share?

 

 

 

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A newspaper vendor in Cathedral Square, Christchurch [1927] Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 6, IMG0039

Photo of road works

Road works in Hercules Street, Shirley.
Photo by Valerie Livingstone.

Some people might think that I love road works with all the road cones, big trucks and stop’n’go men.

I do, sort of. It is a sign that things are being repaired. There is a great website to help you get around the city and suburbs. With a bit of planning, you should be able to get to where you want to go without too much difficulty.

What I don’t like is being detoured down streets I have never been down and sent off in a direction I don’t want to travel in.  When I find I’m speeding down the road at a top speed of 20 km/h, I try not to stress over the fact that I’m going to be late. Sometimes, no matter what road I go down, I get stuck in a slow line of traffic, going the wrong way.

My solution is talking books. I get to hear quite a few on my way to work. At the moment, it’s Three Men in a Boat, but I have listened to Agatha Christie and Torchwood.

When you are delayed by road works, what do you listen to?

P.S. Not enough road works in your life? CTV have turned our road cones into an entertaining short film.

Image of Chas. Ray, Proprietor, ACME Cycle & Plating Works

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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.

16 April 1851
First sale of Christchurch town sections.

16 April 1974
Flooding throughout city after record rainfall – 124mm (4.89 inches) in 24 hours.

Photo of Miss Cowlishaw playing golf [Apr. 1908]

Miss Cowlishaw competing in the Christchurch Golf Club’s Easter Tournament held on the Shirley Links [Apr. 1908]

17 April 1880
First championship cycle meeting, Hagley Park.

18 April 1864
First Ferrymead (swing) bridge opens.

19 April 1873
Christchurch Golf Club formed. The first course was in Hagley Park.

19 April 1988
Proposal for 152 metre tower in Victoria Square abandoned after much public debate.

20 April 1938
First Inter-Dominion trotting in New Zealand held at Addington Raceway. Originally scheduled for Easter, the contest was postponed by flooding throughout the city. Further flooding after the first races delayed the finals until May 4.

More April events in our Christchurch chronology.

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