Halswell Heroes

I started to research the Halswell Heroes late last year, as Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre was gearing up to open. The project involves staff from nearby libraries; Upper Riccarton and Spreydon as well as the staff from the old Halswell library. We all chose a soldier from the Halswell War Memorial, and have been researching him, his family, and his war service, in order to create a biography for him on Kete Christchurch and a poster to display in the library.

Posters of Halswell Heroes on display at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Posters of Halswell Heroes on display at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

It’s been an excellent project and through it, I’ve learned heaps about the Halswell area and the men who enlisted (and some who were conscripted) to fight in the First World War. I feel like I know these men, and discovering different quirks about them helps us all remember that they were very real people.

I’ve learned that the Collins family lived near Halswell school and sent three sons to the war; Archie (Sarsfield), James and Frank (who signed up in Australia). James and Frank survived but Archie is on the Halswell War Memorial because he died from influenza a few days before the war ended.

Harry Manship too, died of illness, though unlike Archie he never made it home to New Zealand. Harry was part of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, along with George Ferguson and John Alexander Huntly Holmes.

Patrick Cunningham was a farmer’s son, a quarry-man and a bacon curer, but the fact that stuck with me was that he was known as ‘Paddy White Waistcoat’ because of his snappy sense of dress. He was childhood friends with Patrick McGough, who was a ‘prominent figure at all entertainments’ (ie, he never missed a party).

Walter Bryden joined the army not long after his little brother Albert had been killed at the Battle of Fromelles, in France. Walter and Patrick Cunningham were killed on the same day, 13th of June, 1917.

Thomas Ellis loved hockey, Edward Moyna loved tennis, and John Holmes took his own horse with him to war. James Archibald was known as ‘Boysie’ and once got in trouble for swearing at an officer.

Albert Wills lied about his age to get into the army, had both measles and mumps when he was away at war, and was only nineteen when he was killed in France.

Isaac Warren was a conscientious objector from a huge Cornish family, who went to war with his younger brother Abraham and on the same troopship as Douglas Guiney. Douglas edited the troopship magazine called The Link to keep himself and the other men entertained on the long voyage from New Zealand to war in Europe.

Some of the men fought in more than the First World War. George Weir Ferguson fought in the Boer War when he was still a teenager, and was killed at Gallipoli in August 1915. Herbert Moyna, Edward’s brother, survived the First World War and went on to fight in, and survive, the Second World War as well, though he was unlucky at home; his girlfriend died before he left for the First World War, his wife died two years after they were married, and his mother died just before he left for the Second World War.

The display of Halswell Heroes at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Display of Halswell Heroes at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

There are so many more stories; some of these stories we know, and you can read about them on the Halswell Heroes page of Kete Christchurch, or in the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.

You can also see a magnificent Canterbury Mounted Rifles regiment display at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, on now until the 30th of April.

You might know something about these men that we have not been able to find. If you do, please let us know, we would love to learn more.

This project is a work in progress. The staff at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre have now started to research names from the Halswell Hall Roll of Honour, so do keep checking back as the list keeps growing.

You can see more pictures of local soldiers in our new collection of First World War soldiers portraits.

We Will Remember Them.

 

 

New Zealand Music Month 2016

May is New Zealand Music Month! Celebrate New Zealand music throughout May with Christchurch City Libraries – there’s a lovely batch of NZ Music Month events at your libraries. Subscribe to our NZ Music Month Facebook event for regular updates.

NZ Music Month

NZ Music Month launch – Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm

Kane Strang at the Christchurch Art Gallery
Sunday 1 May, 7.30pm All ages (ID required)
Tickets $15 ($20 door sales if not sold out)
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Start NZ Music Month the right way! Dunedite Kane Strang brings the tousled charm of his off-kilter indie-rock songs to the Gallery for the evening. Support from Candice Milner and Jack Montgomery.

Photo: Loulou Callister-Baker
Photo: Loulou Callister-Baker

Free gigs at your local library

There are gigs of all sorts, including:

Here’s the full list of performances at libraries.

John Chrisstoffels: The Novel and the Theremin
John Chrisstoffels performing at WORD Christchurch. Flickr 2014-08-31-IMG_1811

Gig guide flyer
Download the NZ Music Month gig guide [1.36 MB PDF]

Alternative radio: RDU98.5FM since 1976

Celebrate 40 years of iconic Christchurch radio station, RDU98.5FM in a new exhibition at Canterbury Museum. 18 March – 14 August 2016. Find out more.

The following RDU gigs take place in NZ Music Month:

RDU Live to air
A performance by a local Christchurch musician. Special Exhibitions Hall, Canterbury Museum
Sunday 1 May, 12pm

RDU Live to air
A performance by a local Christchurch musician. Special Exhibitions Hall, Canterbury Museum
Saturday 14 May, 12pm

RDU Live to air
A performance by a local Christchurch musician. Special Exhibitions Hall, Canterbury Museum
Saturday 21 May, 12pm

RDU LIVE GIG! Kill your television
Featuring Scythes, Transistors, Salad Boys and The Bats. Canterbury Museum, Saturday 28 May from 7pm. Tickets available via dashtickets.co.nz from 2 May.

NZ music resources

NZ Music Month on Twitter

See #nzmm tweets

Ngaio Marsh and Shakespeare

There’s a Ngaio Marsh birthday party event at Christ’s College Old Boys Theatre this Sunday 24 April. The event is a fundraiser for the Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust, and includes wine, nibbles, and a talk on crime fiction by Professor Ken Strongman. Find out more on the Ngaio Marsh birthday event on Facebook.

Crime writer and theatre director Ngaio Marsh’s actual birth date is 23 April, and she shared a birthday with Shakespeare. It’s doubly appropriate – as her production of Shakespeare’s plays were widely acclaimed. This is Ngaio as Hamlet …

Baverstock, William Sykes, 1893-1975. Ngaio Marsh - Photograph taken by W S Baverstock. Dacres-Mannings, J :Photographs relating to Dame Ngaio Marsh. Ref: PAColl-0326-09. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23167157

If you want to find out more about Ngaio and Shakespeare, I recommend the splendid Inaugural Ngaio Marsh lecture – it was given on 22 April 2012 by Elric J. Hooper, MBE who appeared in several of Dame Ngaio Marsh’s acclaimed Shakespeare shows. He explains how they met (pages 10 and 11):

Three years later, in 1956, I was appearing in a student revue in the Civic Theatre and Gerald Lascelles told me that Ngaio Marsh and Charles Brash wanted to meet me. I went up to the empty stage after the performance. Two figures were standing there. The man was reticent. The woman was flamboyant. She was dressed in a handsome, three-quarter length seal skincoat. She was wearing a grey woollen skirt – not trousers. Her hair was wildly dressed. She smoked a cigarette. She asked me what I had been doing. Said Macbeth.
“Not the thane!” she said in alarm.
“No, A lord. Lennox.” I said putting her at her ease.
She mentioned that she was about to direct Lear.
A few weeks later, I auditioned for Ngaio. I was chosen to play the Fool in King Lear.
It was a memorable production with Mervyn Glue as the King, salivating so copiously that looking up into the lights one did not have to imagine the rain and storm. The costumes and set were blue grey. The set was a curved podium which a descending ramp on one side and steps down the other. In the centre was a kind of shelter for hovel. It worked extremely well.

Cast of Hamlet. Marsh, Ngaio :Photographs of theatrical productions. Ref: PA1-q-173-73-2. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23074208

His summary of Ngaio as Shakespearean director is a good one (page 10):

One of the great features of Ngaio’s Shakespeare were the moments that can only be described as “Theatrical.” Hamlet, at the end of the speech which concluded the first part, “The play’s the thing whereby I’ll catch the conscience of the King,” threw the loose sheets of the play in the air and stood there while the leaves descended around him. In Julius Caesar, hands were bathed in blood. In Lear, the eyes were ripped out.

Hamlet, produced by the University of Canterbury Drama Society and performed at the Civic Theatre [11 July 1958] CCL PhotoCD 17, IMG0039
Hamlet, produced by the University of Canterbury Drama Society and performed at the Civic Theatre [11 July 1958] CCL PhotoCD 17, IMG0039

More about Ngaio Marsh

Three New Zealanders: Ngaio Marsh

#shakespeare400 tweets

The Strange Sagas Short Story and Illustration Competition for Canterbury kids aged 6 to 12 years old

We’d like to share information on this local competition for kids – entries must be received by 6 May 2016.  Local author and NZSA member Michele Clark McConnochie is celebrating the release of the final book in The Strange sagas of Sabrina Summers trilogy. This competition is dyslexia friendly – just have fun with your imagination. You can enter the illustration contest or costume competition too!

Go to Michele’s website to find out more about how to enter.

Find out about the 13 May prizegiving at Central Library Peterborough, 4.30pm. You can meet local authors Gavin Bishop, Heather McQuillan, Helen Mongillo and Michele Clark McConnochie, find out if you’ve won and join in the fun! Spot prizes for best fractured fairytale costumes, readings from Michele Clark McConnochie and from the winning entries, plus games and more.

Sabrina

How to enter

WHAT?

Short stories of between 200-500 words on the theme “The Day I became a Fairytale Character.” Extra points for making the judges laugh!
OR
A colourful illustration of one of your favourite fairytale characters, but make it strange!

WHEN?

Entries opened on 2 April 2016 and must be received by 6 May 2016.

Judges are
Illustration: Gavin Bishop & Helen Mongillo
Story: Bob Docherty, Heather McQuillan and Michele Clark McConnochie

This comp is open to all Canterbury residents aged between 6 and 12 years of age.

Prizes

Best story: $50 Smiggle voucher & copy of The Uncooperative Flying Carpet
Best illustration: $50 Smiggle voucher & copy of The Uncooperative Flying Carpet
Surprise spot prizes for best costume on Friday, 13th May!
School or homeschool libraries will receive copies of all three books in both dyslexia-friendly format and traditional paperback.

Animals at the library

The eagle-eyed among you might have spotted a theme in our school holiday events – toy animal sleepover, making owls, snakes on a plain – yes, we will be busy with animal-themed programmes and activities.

School holiday programmes

If your kids enjoy watching the wildlife, there are plenty of books and DVDs in our collection as well as the following resources:

Animal names

Find out the words for male, female, child and groups of different types of animal.

New Zealand birds and animals

New Zealand has an amazing amount of wildlife, we’ve collected some facts and resources in New Zealand birds and animals.

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National Geographic Kids

Learn about the natural world us with National Geographic Kids magazine online.

Booklists

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There’s a collection of Children’s animals eAudiobooks and eBooks on OverDrive for Kids.

Want more animal stuff?

Reading to dogs

Vinyl: Celebrating records and record labels

While we’re celebrating music for Record Store Day, it is worth highlighting related stuff in the Christchurch City Libraries collection. Check out our new booklist on Records and record labels (coming out this year is the much-anticipated book In Love With These Times: the Flying Nun Story by Roger Shepherd on New Zealand’s own seminal record label).

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Kevin Hill’s Christchurch music images are a treasure trove. Read his book Visual memories, Audioculture’s article Where did all those cool guys go? Kevin Hill’s photos of Christchurch rock bands 1968-1980 and see his Flickr page on Christchurch rock bands.

Christchurch Music Shop - July 1975. Photo by Kevin Hill. Kete Christchurch Kevin_Hill-Christchurch_Music_Shop_1975-141.jpg
Christchurch Music Shop – July 1975. Photo by Kevin Hill. Kete Christchurch Kevin_Hill-Christchurch_Music_Shop_1975-141.jpg

The Nostalgia Black hole has some interesting info:

Once upon a time the Christchurch City Libraries did a roaring trade in loaning records – here’s a bit of a potted history of Sound recordings at Canterbury Public Library:

The lending of 7, 10 and 12 inch vinyl sound recordings began in September 1955, with a collection of 542. It consisted of “major orchestral works, chamber music, complete operas, vocal extracts from operas, full-length performances of dramas, and certain classics from the light opera and musical comedy field”, together with “a small collection of high grade recordings of first rate jazz orchestras and artists”. There was a charge of 2/6 a week for single discs and a sliding schedule for records in sets which made for a lower per disc charge for these. Twenty years later, the stock totalled 7,471, with an average of 37 added each month. Over the first year of operation issues averaged 544 a month; twenty years on it was 602. A total of 132,500 issues had been made to the end of 1975. The first stereo recordings were bought in October 1960, the first cassettes in January 1974, and the first compact discs in late 1985. The main problem in earlier years was distance from the source of supply. Soon after the commencement of the collection, import restrictions were imposed and, despite approaches to the Government by individual libraries, the New Zealand Library Association and record retailers, this situation lasted for over 25 years. The Library had a licence to import $500 worth of recordings but that didn’t go very far. There was not one good record shop in the city until the mid 1970s. Standard works were often unobtainable in these years, or took a long time. E.g, it took six years to get the first set of Bach’s Wohltemperierte Klavier and four to get Ravel’s L’heure espagnole.

See #VinylVaultFriday tweets highlighting the LPs in our collection.

More music info

Kim, Shirley Library

Record Store Day – Saturday 16 April 2016

2016 marks the 9th year of Record Store Day around the world – it’s a celebration of the culture and communities of independently run record stores. We’ve done a blog post about some great vinyl-related stuff, and a booklist of records and record labels.

Here’s our listing of Christchurch events and stuff of interest to music lovers, vinylistas, and LPistos:

Canterbury Museum

Want to see how your LPs, and EPs get made? There will be a special vinyl record cutting event on Friday 15 April at 12pm at the Canterbury Museum as part of their Exhibition “Alternative Radio: RDU98.5FM since 1976”

James Meharry from In Real Life Vinyl Mastering records special RDU selections direct to disc in a unique performance. Cutting for RDU, each session will see a double A-side 7” selected by the music director, mastered and cut to vinyl live in a special custom studio built for the vinyl lathe.

Galaxy Records

On Saturday 16 April, Galaxy Records (next to the Darkroom in Tuam Street) will be hosting Mixtape Connection vs. The Rest Home Massive on Saturday! The Mixtape & Rest Home DJs battle it out at. There will be special Record Store Day releases & goodies! Featuring on the decks: Pinacolada Soundsystem, Dr. Hitchcock, Missy G & Skew-whiff. See the Facebook event for more info.

Galaxy Records - RSD 2015
Galaxy Records – RSD 2015

Penny Lane Records

Penny Lane Records are celebrating Record Store Day Saturday 16 AND Sunday 17 April by offering super duper discount deals.

Penny Lane, RSD 2015
Penny Lane, RSD 2015

Sadhana Surfboards

I recently stumbled across second-hand records at Sadhana Surfboards at the Tannery in Woolston. They are celebrating Record Store Day on Saturday 16th with Fraser Ross & the Felt Tips playing live instore at 1:00pm. DJs from 11:30am to 4:00pm.. Limited Edition 7″, 10″ & 12″ Record Store Day Releases!

sadhana
Sadhana Surfboards

Get along and support record stores – and vinyl events – across Christchurch and New Zealand.

Bad Evil performing at Galaxy Records, RSD 2015
Bad Evil performing at Galaxy Records, RSD 2015

Upcoming music events in Christchurch

Anika Moa at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Anika Moa, who is performing music from her album Songs for Bubbas 2 at Slow Boat Records in Wellington for Record Store Day is making her way down to Christchurch on Friday 22nd April and 23rd April. Get along with your tamariki to the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre on Saturday 23 April 10:30am for her children’s concert.

NZ Music Month

Explore the NZ Music Month May events at libraries.

More on Record Store Day

Garry Knight of Penny Lane Records (in Sydenham and Eastgate Mall) says:

Record Store Day is all about celebrating the independent record store. Up against the big chains and online outlets it can be difficult to get exposure for the work that is done sourcing the hard to find product across all formats that people may not know we carry in store. Increasingly people want the tactile, flicking through bins to find treasures, experience. Retro items have become more interesting and desirable across a very broad age group, especially the vinyl records, and we are seeing a huge increase in younger people frequenting the stores again.

Dave Imlay, who runs Galaxy Records, thinks:

Record Store Day is a chance for music fans to get together in a record store, exchange ideas and share their love of music.

Southbound Records (Auckland) have produced a short video inside their shop expressing the enduring appeal of records and record shops and their love of the vinyl format. It features music by Delaney Davidson and Tami Neilson.

For more music, explore our page of music resources.

Kim, Shirley Library

Anzac Day in Christchurch and Canterbury 2016

Monday 25 April 2016 is Anzac Day. All our libraries will be closed on this public holiday. Read our page on Anzac Day and Gallipoli to find out more about this commemoration.

Commemorative services often begin before dawn with a march by returned and service personnel to the local war memorial, where they are joined by other members of the community for the Dawn Service.

Assembling for the Anzac Day Parade, 301 Halswell Road. Photo by Ellenor Waters. CCL-HP2015-EW-DSCF2940 Photo from The Halswell Project.
Assembling for the Anzac Day Parade, 301 Halswell Road. Photo by Ellenor Waters. CCL-HP2015-EW-DSCF2940 Photo from The Halswell Project.

Christchurch services and events

The following information is from Christchurch City Council:

Dawn service at Cranmer Square

  • 6am–6.15am: the people gather
  • 6.15am: the parade begins from the RSA building on Armagh Street
  • 6.30am: the service begins centred around the memorial cenotaph
  • 7.15am: the service concludes with wreath-laying

Organised by the Canterbury Branch of the Malayan Veterans Association in conjunction with the Christchurch Branch of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) and Christchurch City Council. Mayor Lianne Dalziel will lay a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Christchurch.

Citizens’ Service: 10am – ChristChurch Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square

Organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with ChristChurch Cathedral and the RSA. It will be attended by representatives of the Defence Force, Consular Corps and local youth groups.

Find more Anzac Day services

The RSA website features a Find an Anzac Day service resource.

More Anzac related events

Fields of Remembrance

In 2015, the Canterbury Province Field in Cranmer Square contained 632 crosses commemorating the men and women of Christchurch who died in 1915. That number will be added to in 2016.

Field of Remembrance
Field of Remembrance, Cranmer Square [2015] Flickr 2015-03-27-IMG_6781

Exhibitions and displays

  • Canterbury Mounted Rifles regiment display – 18 to 30 April at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. Joe Dixon talk on the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, Tuesday 19 April, 2pm.
  • ANZAC: Photographs by Laurence Aberhart at the Canterbury Museum
  • Anzac display Brighton Gallery
  • ANZAC Commemoration Linwood Cemetery (Sunday 24 April)
  • Linwood Community Arts Centre (corner Worcester and Stanmore Road). Anzac Exhibition 2016 Monday 11 April – up to and including Anzac Day. A multi-media participatory experience on the theme, “We honour, we remember, we reflect”. Photographs, artworks, installations, talks, readings, poetry and prose, printed and audiovisual material.

Troops watering horses in the Avon River near Carlton Bridge, Christchurch [23 Sept. 1914]. CCL PhotoCD 7, IMG0069
Troops watering horses in the Avon River near Carlton Bridge, Christchurch [23 Sept. 1914]. CCL PhotoCD 7, IMG0069
Find out more:

The Christchurch City Draft Annual Plan – The library can help you make a submission

The Christchurch City Draft Annual Plan is now open for submissions and you have until Tuesday 10 May to participate.  It can all feel a bit daunting, so the Christchurch City Council has provided options geared for the quick and easy submitter (like myself) and those who wish to make a more indepth submission.  You can view the documents at a library or service centre and fill out a submission form. In a new initiative, you can also submit feedback via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #cccplan. Explore your options: How to have your say.

The library has this list which should help get the creative juices flowing.  Cities around the world are dealing with many of the issues that we face, and these titles are a good spread of ideas and experiences that could just be the idea that the Christchurch City Council wants to hear about.

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Have your say about Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

What do you think of Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre?

Before our new community facility, library, and pool opened in November 2015, we asked the local community what they wanted. Now we’d like to know how well we’ve met your expectations and learn what things we can improve.

Please fill out this quick survey and have your say. We’d love to hear your opinions and ideas.

Halswell preschoolers preview the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. Photo by Pam Carmichael Photography. Flickr CCLTeHāpua-2015-11-27-Halswell—07