Who on earth was Ray Blank?

It’s a name that might suit a Bond movie – Blank, Ray Blank. If you’ve ever played football in Christchurch, you’ll probably know that there’s a park named after this fellow – but who was he?

As part of our preparations for the Culture Galore festival in March, we’ve added a profile of Ray Blank to the library website.

Several colleagues have combined their efforts to search out information on the former principal and Waimairi County Councillor. Involved in many sports developments around the city, Ray Blank also designed golf courses, as well as pioneering the open air school concept.

He might not be as well-known as Bond, but he’s a fascinating character who made quite a contribution to Christchurch as we know it.  So on that note, which Christchurch person would you like to see a profile of on the library website? Any suggestions out there?

3 thoughts on “Who on earth was Ray Blank?

  1. Lisa 24 February 2010 / 10:40 am

    Mabel Howard – NZ’s first woman cabinet minister and underwear waving powerhouse! Did you know that the house her Dad built for their family to live in is still standing on Pages Road?

  2. Richard 24 February 2010 / 12:10 pm

    Nice suggestion 😉 I didn’t know about the house, but we have a couple of other interesting snippets about her – she opened what is Kingslea, and in the 1950s she went to A Johnny Devlin concert and said: “There’s nothing much wrong with rock ‘n’ roll.

    We also have some audio on our Women in the Council pages.

  3. Annette 25 February 2010 / 2:32 pm

    My mother-in-law was an ex-Fendalton School pupil and an ardent advocate of his open-air policy. She could remember sitting in class in all weathers with the side of the classroom open to all weathers. And for ever after she had her house windows open wide every day until quite late at night. I got into the habit of dressing very warmly when we visited in winter

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