Do you know us? Help us identify these people from Christchurch’s past

The photos submitted in our Christchurch Photo Hunt often come with great stories, making them images laden with memory. But sometimes, beautiful images come to us context free. See these striking images submitted last year.

These images were bought as a job lot of glass negatives in a garage sale. Christchurch City Libraries has made these fragile historical photos accessible by digitising the collection. Can you help identify the subjects of the photos or tell us anything more about them?

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Family Group – Mother and Daughters. Kete Christchurch PH14-094.jpg

“Glass negatives are a wonderful example of how digitisation can really enhance access to images. Glass negatives were a very early form of photography, but one which is now both fragile and very hard to view in that format. However, when digitised the images show incredible detail and clarity and can very easily be viewed. So the Library is absolutely delighted to have these come to us through the Photo Hunt competition,” said Christchurch City Libraries Content Manager, Anne Anderson.

If you recognise any of the people in these images, please do tell and we can add to the story. See them all.

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Portrait of a Young Woman. Kete Christchurch PH14-096.jpg
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Family Group. Kete Christchurch PH14-095.jpg

Join in the Christchurch Photo Hunt 2015, and win

Moments in time captured in photos can illuminate our history. Gathering and preserving these images for the future is the aim of the annual Christchurch Photo Hunt which closes on 31 October. The theme this year is Arrivals & Departures: the journeys that have shaped us and prizes will be awarded in each of two categories – people and places. Your photo doesn’t have to be old.

Entries can be submitted at a library, or online. If you send in original photos, they will be scanned, then uploaded to the community archive Kete Christchurch – the originals will be returned to you. Entries close at 5 pm Saturday 31 October 2015, and the winners will be announced on Friday 27 November.

Humans need not apply

Cover of I robotI have been watching Humans – a TV programme where humanlike robots are commonplace, they do the menial jobs, don’t answer back and are pretty handy to have about, that is until some start to display human characteristics.  All very far -fetched – or is it?

Ever since Isaac Asimov wrote I, Robot in 1954 we have had a fascination with robots and their possible effect on the human race.  Can they liberate us, or take over the world?

How to survive a robot uprising : tips on defending yourself against the coming rebellion and Rad robots : a celebration of awesome automatons : the mad, bad and dangerous to know could be just the books if you are feeling a tad anxious and want to be prepared!

Science Fiction stories have had a uncany ability to predict the future. Test tube babies, virtual reality, genetically engineered food have all featured in SF only to become commonplace. The science in science fiction : 83 SF predictions that became scientific reality makes fascinating reading.

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Here are some more titles that you might want to read to keep up with the constant new developments: