Building the Government Life Insurance building

The Post Office tower is dwarfed in this view, taken from the top of the Government Life Insurance building in the Square  [March 1963]

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Over the bridge and to the court! – Image of the week

Supreme Court and Victoria Street bridge, Christchurch. [ca. 1921]

Supreme Court and Victoria Street bridge, Christchurch

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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.

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Building the King Edward Barracks. 1905.

Building the King Edward Barracks

King Edward Barracks, corner of Cashel and Montreal Streets, Christchurch.

This photograph shows the army barracks under construction in 1905. Sidney Luttrell (1872-1932), who is pictured in the right foreground with his brother Alfred on the left, designed 21 latticed, curved steel girders to span the 36.5m width as economically as possible and to support the curved, corrugated iron roof. The girders, constructed by Scott Brothers, each weighed six tonnes. Twenty-five working days after it was begun the building was complete and opened on 26 July 1905.

It was used for drilling soldiers and later for civic functions and social occasions until the army withdrew in 1993 and the site was purchased by Ngai Tahu. The building was transported to Hornby where it was re-erected as a distribution warehouse in 2000

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Image of the week

Women rowing on the Avon River, Christchurch. 191?

Women rowing on the Avon River, Christchurch

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Interior of a cave hut at Taylor’s Mistake, Christchurch, used by young men on weekend summer trips [1910]

Interior of a cave hut at Taylor's Mistake, Christchurch, used by young men on weekend summer trips

 

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