A 1920s bloke’s shed at 60 Aikmans Road, Merivale: Picturing Canterbury

A 1920s bloke’s shed at 60 Aikmans Road, Merivale. Kete Christchurch. Pearce_family_photos_45. Entry in the 2013 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License.

A 1920s bloke’s shed at 60 Aikmans Road, Merivale. This shed held the prized family car, the motorbike, tools and was also used for the family business. Arthur James Pearce did his cobbler work in this shed. This shed was every 1920s mans dream, hence why it got its own photo! Taken by Arthur Cyril Pearce in about 1920.

Entry in the 2013 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt

Photo Hunt 2017: Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our way

This year the theme for Photo Hunt is Plains, Port Hills & Peninsula – Finding our way. However, the photos you submit are not limited to this theme. We invite you to share any of your photos and help grow the city’s photographic archive. All entries must be received by 31 October.

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

Postcard Hilltop Hotel: Picturing Canterbury

Postcard Hilltop Hotel. Kete Christchurch. PH16-044. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License.

Postcard of old Hilltop Hotel on Summit Road, Christchurch-Akaroa Highway.

Entry in the 2016 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt by Gladys Gurney.

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

Do you have any further photographs of the Hill Top Hotel? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection.

Photo Hunt October: Picnic, 1965

Picnic.
Highly Commended Entry in the 2012 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt, PS-PH12-Eimg364.jpg CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ

“Dad Peter, Mum Norma and Paul, together with a family friend, share a picnic by the car in the vicinity of Christchurch, in 1965.”

The judges commented “I reckon every family has a version of this shot – the picnic by the car. This is a classic example of that most Kiwi of photos.”

“Jandals and biscuit tins. And isn’t a Christchurch picnic always more comfortable with the easterly–sheltering qualities of the family car to keep things cheerful? ”

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.

Car maintenance, tinkering & upgrading

Kiwis have a love of tinkering or sprucing up their cars, myself included, but I am a complete amateur. Here are some gems you can get through the library:

Muscle Car Madness this weekend

Cover of Road hogsIt’s my favourite time of year when petrolheads get together to ogle the sights of the Muscle Car Madness at Rangiora Showgrounds this Saturday and Sunday.

The variety of cars, vans, utes and even motorbikes is phenomenal. So get your black t-shirt on and join us there!

 

South Canterbury All Australian Day Car Show

Cover of Australian muscle car magazineComing of (driving) age in Australia infused in me a love of Australian-built cars. Young Italian-Australians used to cruise around and around Fremantle, Western Australia in their immaculate Valiants as slow as can be so everyone would see.

My first two cars were Holden Torana’s 1974 LH (186 bored out to a 192 engine) and 1971 LC (171 engine) models which in all honestly were total rust buckets but I loved them dearly. I cried the day my LH Torana was compacted in the crusher at the wrecking yard. My LC Torana was so full of bog (car body filler) that it used to sink on sandy roads and there was no metal to attach a tow bar onto. Our first cars are often our lifetime love.

Cover of It happened in a HoldenNext I saved up and bought a 1988 VL Commodore which was only about 5 years old by then. It was a beautiful sky blue with a 3L engine. I thought I was pretty swish. Since moving back to NZ I had cheap Japanese imports but still had a hankering for the bogan vehicles. After a failed attempt at owning a VL station wagon dubbed ‘the Golden Holden’ (too much rust for W.O.F), I’ve finally got myself the ultimate Aussie car: a V8 Commodore. This time a 1995 VR with a column auto and a cool-as bench seat, and in sky blue again too!

Cover of Hey ChargerIf you too love the Australian cars get along to the South Canterbury All Australian Day at Caroline Bay, Timaru on Sunday 6th September 2015, 10am-2pm. Gold coin donation to see some great Holdens, Fords and Mopars (Valiant/Chrysler). Organised by the Timaru Holden Club and the Timaru Falcon Fairlane Club.

Enquiries to Craig Trimmings 021-511-150 or Murray Stevenson 021-223-1772. All proceeds to Westpac Helicopter Appeal.

I will be taking my V8 to the show with the Holden Club Canterbury. I thoroughly recommend joining a car club. They are great fun.

River crossing cars, 1903 style

Ranger Motor and Cycle Company

Both these cars were specially designed to cross rivers. They were exhibited at the Canterbury A & P Show, by the Ranger Motor and Cycle Company, in 1903. Do you have any information on these vehicles, or the company? Please contact us if you’d like to share it. We also accept donations.

Want to see more? You can browse our image collection online.

Before you drive off into the sunset

Heading away for Easter? Good for you. If you are driving somewhere, now is a good time to do a vehicular fitness test. There is nothing worse than being away on holiday and having car troubles.

Actually, that’s false. Far worse would be to never get to leave on your holiday because said car packs up at the sight of the first ‘100’ sign  on the edge of town. In this instance you have no excuse to keep you from going back to work! So if you want your car to make it through your holiday, or at least make it far enough out of town to forget about work, there are some basic checks you can do.

Warrant of fitness checks cover all the major safety components, but if you are coming to the end of your warrant period it might be a good idea to get in early and make sure everything is still as it should be before you take on that switchbacked hill in the middle of nowhere.

There are also plenty of things you can check yourself. Tyres, coolant levels and oil are all no-brainers, but it’s worth checking a few other things also. Windscreen washer reservoirs are worth checking, as are wiper blades.

While you are under the bonnet, it is worth checking other fluid levels too, power steering and brake fluid are things you don’t want to run out of and leaks can generate quite quickly (watch skin contact, this stuff is nasty).  These are both usually stored in semi-transparent reservoirs similar though smaller than that of the engine coolant, so they can be checking with a quick glance. Also check transmission fluid levels if your car is an automatic, this is usually via a dipstick like engine oil (don’t be alarmed if the fluid appears red, this fluid is different to standard engine oil).

Don’t know your dipstick from your dipswitch? Do not fear! The library has miles of titles on auto maintenance ranging from advice for the complete beginner through to full workshop manuals and modification guides. If you don’t know where to start, try some of these:

Majestic Crossroads – Image of the week

Traffic at the intersection of High, Lichfield and Manchester Streets. 1962.

Traffic at the intersection of High, Lichfield and Manchester Streets

The Majestic Theatre is on the right and the Canterbury Building Society building in the centre, on the corner of High and Manchester Streets.

Do you miss the way things used to be? Share your photos with us! We love donations, contact us.

Also contact us if you have any further information on any of the images. Want to see more? You can browse our collection here.

Image of the week

Cars parked on Cambridge Terrace. 1945.

Cars parked on Cambridge Terrace

Looking towards Amuri Motors on the corner of Gloucester and Durham Streets. Sept. 1945

Like what you see? Complete this form to order an image. If you have any further information on any of the images, or if you would like to donate images to our collection please contact us. Want to see more? You can browse our collection here.