Photo Hunt October: School Bus at Coopers Creek, Oxford, 1922

School Bus at Coopers Creek, Oxford.
Highly commended entry in the 2015 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt by Dave Howell. PH15-005.jpg CC-BY-NC-ND. 3.0NZ

“26 Model T Bus at Coopers Creek near Rangiora. The lady, my late mother and her two brothers. No windows, doors or window tarpaulins, so a curtain needs to be rolled down if it rains, also one for the door.”

  • View more images of buses on Kete Christchurch.

Christchurch City Libraries has been running an annual Photo Hunt in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Week since 2008.  The 2016 Photo Hunt is running again from 1 – 31 October. During the month of October we will be posting a series of images from earlier Photo Hunts.

Enter the 2016 hunt online or at your local library.

Kete Christchurch is a collection of photographs and stories about Christchurch & Canterbury, past and present. Anyone can join and contribute.

On the buses

Did you know that you can get a Metrocard at the  Hornby, Upper Riccarton, Spreydon, New Brighton, and Lyttelton libraries?  You can top up your existing cards at these libraries too.

Find out more about Metrocards on the Metroinfo website (their updated website is looking good and has some neat functionality:

If you are a bus fan, try the following resources:

The Displaced Reader: Mobile Library with a high vis vest

Shout out for Mobile LibraryWhen I heard that the Mobile Library was going to be doing a special post-earthquake stop in my neighbourhood, I was excited. I liked the idea of going for a walk and climbing the steps into a bus. A bus! I love those promotional buses that sometimes park up in the Square and have great displays; I’m a sometime bus commuter and I used to own a housebus – so I consider myself a bus person.

The Mobile Library met all my expectations and more. I found titles just jumped out at me and there was a certain cameraderie from sharing such a small space. Conversations were easy to get into. This little photo collection of the Mobile Library will give you an idea what to expect.

Shopping has some possibilities as well. Of course the Palms is closed but why not visit the shopping centre on the corner of Hills and Shirley Roads. There is a certain famous butcher, a chemist, a bakery, a sweet shop and takeaways – everything you need in these stressful times.

The Mobile Library is going to Shirley Intermediate on Saturdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm and is also operating in the carpark of the  Christchurch City Council Linwood Service Centre on Smith Street, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.30am-4.30pm. Look for the blue library open flag and the bus that already has its own high-vis vest.

Find out which libraries are open and where the Mobile Library gets to around the city.

OK – I’ve been to small and beautiful, now I’m going to try large and beautiful by visiting South Library. Find out where the  Displaced Reader has been on her travels.