Nature Play Park: Picturing Canterbury

There is a new park in town on Hereford Street – Nature Play Park – Papatākaro Ao Tūroa.  This Department of Conservation has established the garden is a partnership project with Greening the Rubble Trust and it has been supported and sponsored by other businesses and organisations.

As part of FESTA Festival of Transitional Architecture, there was face painting, weta handling and more at the park on Saturday 26 October 2013.

Nature Play ParkWeta handling at Nature Play Park

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The Atalanta Ladies’ Cycling Club: Picturing Canterbury

Photo of The Atalanta Ladies' Cycling Club [ca. 1892] Standish & Preece
The Atalanta Ladies’ Cycling Club ca. 1892 – photo by Standish and Preece
The club for women cyclists was formed in August 1892. The women met with some opposition from the public as they cycled around Christchurch and at time brothers of the women accompanied them on outings to ward off attacks by stone throwers. The club closed in 1897 by which time public attitudes to women cyclists had changed.

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Nurses and babies: Picturing Canterbury

Photo of A group of St. Helen's nurses with their charges [ca. 1910]
A group of St. Helen’s nurses with their charges ca. 1910

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Opening of Lyttelton Road Tunnel: Picturing Canterbury

Opening of Lyttelton Road Tunnel

27 Feb 1964: Walking through the tunnel on opening day.

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Staff of ambulance train 301: Picturing Canterbury

Staff of ambulance train 301, WW2
Circa 1944-45:  “Christchurch nursing sister Beatrice Clarkson, 1894-1983 (far right) with staff of ambulance train 301. Location either England or France. Beatrice and her two sisters, Frances and Susan, left NZ in the 1920s and nursed in the USA, Pacific Islands and Europe, mostly private nursing until WW2. They returned to NZ in 1949 and ran the popular Pamela Cake Kitchen in Strowan Road where the Shell station now stands.”

Name that car: Picturing Canterbury

Car float and rollerskaters
Car float and rollerskates, Hay’s Christmas parade, [197-?]

Clement in his car: Picturing Canterbury

Car in Christchurch

Clement Talbot photographed outside Limes Hospital where the Christchurch Town Hall now stands.
The car is still buried under a concrete drive in North Beach.

Austin A30: Picturing Canterbury

Austin A30 [1964]
Austin A30 [1964]

“She stuck half-way up” : a De Dion motor car on the Summit Road: Picturing Canterbury

'She stuck half-way up' : a De Dion motor car on the Summit Road of the Port Hills, Christchurch. [ca. 1903] Standish & Preece
“She stuck half-way up” : a De Dion motor car on the Summit Road of the Port Hills, Christchurch. [ca. 1903] Standish & Preece

The Inwoods: Picturing Canterbury

Photo of the Inwoods
The family of Arthur John Inwood (1850-1932) and his wife Angelina (1860?-1919) pictured outside their dwelling
[ca. 1900]
Arthur Inwood farmed in the Burwood area and gave his name to Inwoods Road.