Day: 2 November 2015
It’s DINOVEMBER at Shirley Library! Here are some photos.
Once upon a (prehistoric) time parents Refe and Susan Tuma decided to surprise their children with scenes of their plastic toy dinosaurs getting up to mischief in their house at night while they slept … one photo a day for the whole month of November, resulting in DINOVEMBER and a book of the dinosaurs exploits: What the dinosaurs did last night: A very messy adventure.
In the spirit of DINOVEMBER, the dinosaurs have come to life at Shirley Library! Come in and check out our display or see our images on Flickr. Bring in a photo to Shirley Library of your dinosaurs doing stuff (with your contact details) and we’ll put your picture up on display and you’ll go into the competition to win some dino-mo prizes. Prize drawn 1 December.
Check out the What The Dinosaurs Did Last Night book trailer on YouTube:
There’s more dinosaur action too. Dinosaur Footprints: A Story of Discovery is a national touring exhibition brought to you by GNS Science and New Zealand Oil & Gas and supported in Ōtautahi by Christchurch City Libraries is on show at Fendalton Library starting Saturday 14th November.
Find New Zealand dinosaurs stuff (non-fiction) in our collection.
The Amazing New Zealand International Exhibition 1906
Brainchild of Premier Richard Seddon, the New Zealand International Exhibition of Arts and Industries opened in Hagley Park on 1 November 1906. There are heaps of resources on our website about the exhibition, which was designed to showcase New Zealand’s distinctiveness.
For an overview of the ins and outs of the exhibition our online guide is a must. You can find out about the incredible buildings that housed this extensive exhibition, the many display courts – the Tourism Court included a replica and not entirely politically correct Rotorua, and the different entertainments and exhibits, including the strictly non-educational Wonderland.
People came from far and wide to see the exhibition. This lovely photo on Kete Christchurch shows two gentleman visitors who’d come all way the from Kumara in Westland.
Hagley Park must have been a sight to behold and we have plenty of photos in our digital images collection to pore over. I’m rather taken with the magnificent dragon pictured above and also this image of the southern half of the main avenue – I’m amazed at the size and detail that’s gone into this construction.
As well as images we’ve also digitised publications and other items about the exhibition. This Certificate of Attendance and exhibition souvenir are just a gorgeous mementos of a fabulous day out.
In terms of reading material The Official Record of the New Zealand International Exhibition of Arts and Industries is nothing if not exhaustive. I haven’t had time to look through it all, but I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the list of awards and prize competitions. There were awards and medals for absolutely everything – some representative samples of West Coast alluvial gold won gold and a James Petrie of Timaru also won gold for his burglar-proof self-locking sash and frame window.
All these resources are a fascinating glimpse into life in New Zealand just over 100 years ago. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall.
Happy Birthday Douglas Lilburn
Today is 100 years since the birth of NZ composer Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001). Stream some of his music!
Read more on our page on Douglas Lilburn.
Listen to RNZ National’s Douglas: Landscape of a New Zealand composer.
Te Kupu o Te Wiki – Hiamoe (tired/sleepy)
Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.
E kore te pātiki e hoki ki tōna puehu
The flounder (fish) does not return to his dust
Do not make the same mistake twice.
Kei te hiamoe koe?
Are you tired/sleepy?
- Hear the Ngā Rerenga Kōrero o te Wiki – Phrase of the week.
- Browse our Te Reo Māori resources.
- Previous Te Kupu o te reo Māori posts.
This week in Christchurch history (2 to 8 November)
2 November 1899
Balloonist Captain Lorraine lost at sea after an ascent from Lancaster Park.
2 November 1914
Riccarton (Deans) Bush presented to the city by the Deans family.
4 November 1876
Night cycle races held at Lancaster Park. The experiment was not a success – the gas illumination was completely inadequate.
4 November 1989
Record crowd of 60,000 at Lancaster Park to see Irish Rock Band U2.
5 November 1979
Regent Theatre gutted by fire.
6 November 1830
Te Rauparaha‘s war party massacres the inhabitants of Akaroa and returns to Kapiti Island.
6 November 1918
Beginning of the influenza epidemic which was eventually to kill 466 people in Christchurch.
8 November 8 1956
Last trolley bus runs.
More November events in the Christchurch chronology: a timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.