History never repeats … or does it? Explore our history resources

History Reference CenterPrince Charles has created a storm by being heard to draw comparisons between Putin and Hitler. Certainly Hitler started by annexing  a few territories whom Germany had historical links to, much like Putin did with Crimea. The question Prince Charles asks is will Putin stop there, because Hitler didn’t.

Tim Finn may tell himself history never repeats before he goes to sleep, but many others would disagree and say history is cyclic. If you are a bit of a history buff, then we have so many great online resources for you to help form your own opinions. Here are a few:

For even more historical resources check out the Source. All you need to a gateway of information and glorious interactivity is your library card number and password/PIN.

The voice inside by Lyell Cresswell – free online New Zealand music

In The voice inside, Lyell Cresswell explores the ever-changing relationship between the soprano and violin soloists and the orchestra, while Cassandra’s Songs, which also set words by Scottish poet Ron Butlin, is concerned with exile, identity and belonging. Alas! How Swift embodies in musical terms the inescapable passing of time. His Trombone Concerto takes its name Kaea from the Maori wooden war trumpet used to terrify enemies and raise alarms.

New Zealand-born Edinburgh-based Lyell Cresswell has composed works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir, voice and solo instruments which have been widely performed and broadcast.

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.

Christchurch – this week in history (26 May – 2 June)

26 May 1859
Public Library begins as the Mechanics Institute in Town Hall.

Photo of balloon ascent, Lancaster Park [between Dec. 1910 and Jan. 1911].
Balloon ascent, Lancaster Park [between Dec. 1910 and Jan. 1911]. Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 6, IMG0004
28 May 1840
Major Bunbury on HMS “Herald” visits Akaroa collecting signatures of Maori chiefs for the Treaty of Waitangi.

28 May 1955
First parking meters installed.

29 May 1886
First trotting meeting held at Lancaster Park.

29 May 1926
New Zealand’s first sports broadcast – a rugby match from Lancaster Park. Commentator Allan Allardyce was soon to pioneer broadcasts of racing, cricket and hockey for station 3YA. He also gave live coverage of Kingsford-Smith’s landing at Wigram in 1928.

29 May 1967
Opening of the new Bank of New Zealand building in Cathedral Square.

30 May 1874
First rugby match played.

Photo of Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch [1872].
Christchurch Hospital, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch [1872]. Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 13, IMG0034
30 May 1890
Richmond joins City.

30 May 1912
First netball match in City.

1 June 1862
Hospital opens on site in Hagley Park. But only after the first vigorous “Hands off Hagley” protests by irate citizens.

1 June 1961
Television transmission begins from CHTV 3, Christchurch.

2 June 1874
“The Press” publishes an evening paper, “The Globe” to compete with “The Star”. It became “The Telegraph”, then “The Truth”, then “Evening News”. Publication ceased in May 1917.

2 June 1902
Municipal refuse destructor in operation. The destructor chimney, by the present site of the MED, was a dominant city landmark for many years.

More May and June events in our Christchurch chronology.