Christchurch meat company, 1902

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

I will share some of the interesting ads and pictures from it in a series of posts – there’s lots of information about local businesses and places in 1902.

This advert is for The Christchurch Meat Company. There is a history of this company in The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District], and the following extract from the Australasian 10 June 1899 talks about how The Company treated their workers (very apt for Labour Day):

Workmen are provided with comfortable homes, which they may rent or purchase from the company. There is a recreation hall for the use of themselves and their families, and a lending library, with a good stock of standard works. If all this were done by the Government, it would be blazoned from one end of the world to the other, but as a mere matter of ordinary business it passes unnoticed. It is an object lesson which gives us at a glance, the whole secret of New Zealand’s prosperity.

Christchurch – this week in history (22 – 28 October)

22 October 1985
“Elizabeth” the one tonne sea elephant dies of a viral infection on Sumner Beach. She had lived for 5 years on the City’s beaches, estuary and rivers and was often found crawling up suburban streets.

22 October 1988
Announcement of the appointment of Patricia Costigan as Christchurch’s first female District Court Judge.

23 October 1874
Canterbury Club building (designed by Frederick Strouts) inaugurated.

25 October 1986
“Qin Shihuang” (Chinese Buried Army) exhibition opens at the McDougall Art Gallery. 71,145 people visited the exhibition over a seven week period.

26 October 1796
Whaling ship “Mermaid” sights Kaikoura Mountains.

28 October 1985
110 vehicles stolen over Labour Weekend in the Canterbury district. Police claim it as a record.

More October events in our Christchurch chronology.