Romance blossoms while reminiscences flow – DORA and Library to go

Looks like a spring romance is developing with Library to Go again sighted  in the company of celebrity DORA Mobile Digital Learning Centre. Abandoning their usual rendezvous point at Sumner for bustling Papanui High School,  they shared a common love of everything digital at the Positive Aging Expo.


Equitable computer access and education were promoted, while the nostalgic pored over digitised photographs, maps and plans of Christchurch’s heritage. The adventurous explored iPads and e-book readers, and a great day out was had by all.

DORA was blown away by scooping the top award in the Internet Access & Digital Skills category at the 2012 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs), held in Australia last year. For those of you who have not met DORA before she supports equitable computer access and education. Funding support from InternetNZ, 2020 Communications Trust has converted DORA into a hi-tech mobile learning centre to support her Stepping Up classes and Computers in Homes programmes in Christchurch. Since the quakes, venues at schools have been limited, and transport often unreliable – DORA takes her digital learning to any venue.

Watch out you never know where this happy couple may turn up next.

Have a butchers: 1902

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You might know the name Langdon from Langdons Road. Margaret Harper unveils its history in Christchurch Street Names:

Langdon was at first a farmer and later a butcher. He is a resident in Langdons Road in 1887, the year it first appears in street directories. Langdon and “his road” are first mentioned in the Star in 1872 in a report of a meeting of the Avon Road Board. In 1926 there was an attempt by the council to re-name the street Lambeth Street. The Papanui Progress League protested against this, saying residents “feel it to be a slight on the family who have resided for many years in the district”. Langdons Road was linked up to Bishops Road (later Greers Road) in 1955 when the first state houses were built there.


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