The corner of Cashel and High Streets, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

The corner of Cashel and High Streets, Christchurch. CCL Photo Collection 22, Img00803.

The corner of Cashel and High Streets, Christchurch [ca. 1880].

Cobb & Co. established their line of coaches in Christchurch in 1863. By 1864 their coach office was on the corner of Cashel and High Streets, facing east on the Triangle. The coach driver is thought to be Joseph McFarlane (1849?-1885). In High Street to the right of their depot are Royse, Stead & Co. (William Royse and George G. Stead), grain merchants and the Simpson depot (Bernard Simpson, tobacconist and fancy goods). The music warehouse of Spensley & Co can be seen on the left, in Cashel Street.

Do you have any photographs of the corner of Cashel Street and High Street? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection.

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

Do you know us? Help us identify these people from Christchurch’s past

The photos submitted in our Christchurch Photo Hunt often come with great stories, making them images laden with memory. But sometimes, beautiful images come to us context free. See these striking images submitted last year.

These images were bought as a job lot of glass negatives in a garage sale. Christchurch City Libraries has made these fragile historical photos accessible by digitising the collection. Can you help identify the subjects of the photos or tell us anything more about them?

Family Group - Mother and Daughters. Kete Christchurch PH14-094.jpg
Family Group – Mother and Daughters. Kete Christchurch PH14-094.jpg

“Glass negatives are a wonderful example of how digitisation can really enhance access to images. Glass negatives were a very early form of photography, but one which is now both fragile and very hard to view in that format. However, when digitised the images show incredible detail and clarity and can very easily be viewed. So the Library is absolutely delighted to have these come to us through the Photo Hunt competition,” said Christchurch City Libraries Content Manager, Anne Anderson.

If you recognise any of the people in these images, please do tell and we can add to the story. See them all.

Portrait of a Young Woman. Kete Christchurch PH14-096.jpg
Portrait of a Young Woman. Kete Christchurch PH14-096.jpg
Family Group. Kete Christchurch PH14-095.jpg
Family Group. Kete Christchurch PH14-095.jpg

Join in the Christchurch Photo Hunt 2015, and win

Moments in time captured in photos can illuminate our history. Gathering and preserving these images for the future is the aim of the annual Christchurch Photo Hunt which closes on 31 October. The theme this year is Arrivals & Departures: the journeys that have shaped us and prizes will be awarded in each of two categories – people and places. Your photo doesn’t have to be old.

Entries can be submitted at a library, or online. If you send in original photos, they will be scanned, then uploaded to the community archive Kete Christchurch – the originals will be returned to you. Entries close at 5 pm Saturday 31 October 2015, and the winners will be announced on Friday 27 November.

New Zealand Fashion in Pictures: Our Image Collection

For New Zealand Fashion Week we’re sharing some of our favourite images of New Zealand fashion.

Over the years, Christchurch City Libraries has built up a collection of local images. Many of these are donated from private collections and capture the places and people of Christchurch, and Canterbury’s history. Some of these we’ve grouped into themed image collections, including one on Costume and Fashion.

Our image collection is mostly made up of early 20th century images but is less comprehensive in terms of more recent history. If you’ve got photos that you think we’d be interested in then please contact us.

In the meantime, here are some oldies but goodies in the fashion stakes –

Suits you

Members of the Christchurch Drainage Board and visitors present at the opening of the septic tank, Bromley sewage farm [4 Sept. 1905] CCL PhotoCD 2, IMG0084
Members of the Christchurch Drainage Board and visitors present at the opening of the septic tank, Bromley sewage farm [4 Sept. 1905] CCL PhotoCD 2, IMG0084
A group of Maori women dress reformers [1906] CCL PhotoCD 11, IMG0096
A group of Maori women dress reformers [1906] CCL PhotoCD 11, IMG0096
 Mr E. H. Hughes, Mr R. E. Alexander (Director of the College), and Mr Walter Macfarlane [1909] File reference P7030226
Mr E. H. Hughes, Mr R. E. Alexander (Director of the College), and Mr Walter Macfarlane [1909] Selwyn-P7030226

 The diploma winners of 1913. File reference P3051336
The diploma winners of 1913. Selwyn-P3051336

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New Zealand Fashion in pictures: Our Flickr

For New Zealand Fashion Week we’re sharing some of our favourite images of New Zealand fashion.

The Christchurch City Libraries Flickr account is a treasure trove of local images. We have photos of library events and displays, things we see around the city (buildings coming down, and going up), but we also have photos that have been donated for digitising from members of staff and the public, often as part of our annual Photo Hunt competition.

And, my word, there are some great outfits captured in those photos. Here is just a selection  –

Fantastic frocks

Papanui High School Prefects and House Captains
Papanui High School Prefects and House Captains, 1948, Flickr File reference: HW08-IMG-FE066
Mother and Daughter
Mother and Daughter, 1951, Flickr File reference: HW08-IMG-HA081
Wendy & Ina Bradley
Wendy & Ina Bradley, Circa 1967, Flickr File reference: HW08-CE134
Debutante Ball, Akaroa
Debutante Ball, Akaroa, 1969, Flickr File reference: HW08-img-fe113
Three cousins
Three cousins, 1971, Flickr File reference:HW08-img-ce104

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New Zealand Fashion in pictures: Kete Christchurch

It’s New Zealand Fashion Week and here on the Christchurch City Libraries blog we’re going to be sharing some of our favourite images of New Zealand fashion.

First up are photos from Kete Christchurch, our online repository for community stories (it’s a sort of “digital shoebox” that anyone can contribute to). It’s also a great place to find images of local people through the years and sometimes they’ve got their “Sunday Best” on. Many of the best images on Kete Christchurch are from our annual Photo Hunt competition which we’ll be running again later in the year.

Have a look at some of these great ensembles. There are…

Ladies

Two Young Women
Two Young Women, 1910  (CCL Photo Hunt) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Two Ladies with baskets
Two Ladies with baskets. (Kete Site Admin) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Mavis Howarth, August 1935
Mavis Howarth, August 1935 (CCL Photo Hunt) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Railway office staff 1958
Railway office staff 1958 (CCL Photo Hunt) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

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Looking at the Korean War – photos by Norman Pierson

There is a lot of gold in our digital collection. And here’s a new piece of burnished goodness – Korean War photographs by Norman Pierson.

This collection of photographs, slides and negatives was taken by Norman Pierson (207815) in 1951 to 1952 during his time in Korea with 163 Battalion New Zealand Artillery, E Troop. Norman Pierson was the Gun Sergeant in charge of the No. 3 Gun. There are battlefield photos, but also games of cards, shows, haircuts and trips to Japan. It’s a fascinating glimpse into a less well-known war.  As Norman said:

I left New Zealand with the first unit to go to Korea in December 1950 and turned 24 when on my way. In early 1951 one of our officers bought me back a camera from Japan and I recorded the life I was leading for Mum.

Here’s a selection:

Three sisters, Korea concert. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0004

Three sisters, Korea concert, Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0004

Lunch while in the field, Norman Oswald Pierson. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0011

Lunch while in the field, Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0011

Getting my short back and sides. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0016

Getting my short back and sides. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0016

Kim at the concert with 303 rifle. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0034

Kim at the concert with 303 rifle. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0034

Cover of The Great leader Cover of The war that never ended Cover of Brothers at war Cover of Brave Company

Find more Korean War resources in our collection.

House and garden: Picturing Canterbury

House and garden, 1950s. CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ. Kete Christchurch.

“As long as the story is moving”: Margaret Mahy 21 March 1936 – 23 July 2012

Margaret Mahy displays

Two years ago, we lost “word witch” Margaret Mahy – a famous Canterbury local and a much loved children’s author.

Cover of The ChangeoverWhat better way to remember her legacy than with words. There is a session The Changeover: 30 Years On at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival on Saturday 30 August 2014. Join Stuart McKenzie, co-writer and producer of the forthcoming Changeover movie, and young adult writers Elizabeth Knox and Karen Healey, as they discuss with children’s literature specialist Bill Nagelkerke the importance of this great teen novel and its ongoing relevance.

Words are also for consumption. Search our catalogue for books by Margaret Mahy.

Margaret used to be a children’s librarian at Christchurch City Libraries and our Margaret Mahy pages are full of ideas about writing as well as info on Margaret and her stories:

If the ideas don’t come I go for a walk, listen to music, do a bit of gardening, but I have so much work, it is always easy to go onto something else for a while. If it is urgent I make something happen, even if I am not particularly satisfied with the level of invention, because I think as long as the story is moving something is going to happen, and so far I have been lucky.

We are also lucky to have online the poem Down the back of the chair, and The word-eater written by Margaret Mahy, and illustrated by Bob Kerr. You might recognise the setting of the Central Library in Gloucester Street.

The Word-eater - written by Margaret Mahy; Illustrated by Bob Kerr

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Reading Crusade: Picturing Canterbury

Reading Crusade prizegiving

Photo taken during the 2011 Reading Crusade. The Reading Crusade is on again for 2013 so get in amongst it.

Boys in the library: Picturing Canterbury

Schoolboys in the non-fiction section Canterbury Public Library

Schoolboys in the non-fiction section Canterbury Public Library ca. 1953-1960