Walk & talk Victoria Square

It is nearly time for the Reconnect festival, a programme full of experiencing Christchurch heritage. This Sunday 20 October Christchurch City Libraries joins with local historian Dr Geoff Rice to provide a historical tour of Market Square, now Victoria Square.

If you enjoy listening to local history talks then this walk and talk may just suit you. The tour will focus on some of the buildings, activities and individuals associated with the square from over the last 160 years.

A colleague has been honing his research skills and has located some fascinating tidbits from old newspapers. One article was about lighting the Queen Victoria statue in 1948. I can’t say too much, but the article made fellow librarians let out a collective gasp when it was read aloud. My lips are sealed but this is one gem worth coming to hear.

Let’s hope for a sunny spring Sunday morning this weekend for the 11am tour. Contingency plans have been put in place and the tour will go ahead even if the weather is not playing its part. Get in the mood for this event by browsing Victoria Square photographs from our collection.

Photo of a memorial service for Canterbury officers and soldiers killed in the South African Boer War, Victoria Square, 1913Photo of statue of Queen VictoriaPhoto of bus in Victoria SquarePhoto of James Hay bridgePhoto of Captain Cook StatuePhoto of the unveiling of the Captain Cook statue in Victoria Square in 1932

Man Booker Prize goes to … our Eleanor Catton!!!

Cover of The LuminariesEleanor Catton The luminaries has just won the Man Booker Prize. This is news, this is big news and is PHENOMENAL!

Congratulations Eleanor!

I am watching her make a beautiful and graceful acceptance speech.

Here is the 2013 shortlist for the Man Booker Prize

Cover of We need new names Cover of Harvest Cover of The lowland Cover of A Tale for the time being Cover of The testament of Mary

Empire Hotel, Lyttelton: 1902

View in our collection

Photo of London Street
London Street, Lyttelton. Radcliffe, Frederick George, 1863-1923 : New Zealand post card negatives. Ref: 1/2-006905-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22913656

The Empire Hotel and Pitcaithly butcher shop are on the left.

London Street - Empire Hotel
Lyttelton demolitions: The end of The Empire


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