Photo Hunt October: Clarendon Hotel at the time of the Royal Visit, 1953

Outside the Clarendon Hotel at the time of the Royal Visit, 1953
Entry in the 2015 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt by Yvonne Dixon. Kete Christchurch PH15-044.jpg, CC-BY-NC-SA NZ 3.0

Photo taken John Abernethy with colour-slide film and printed from a Kodak transparency. The former Avon Cinema is on the left and the Clarendon Hotel, where the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh stayed, on the right on the corner of Worcester Street and Oxford Terrace.

Date: 1953.

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.

Photo Hunt October: Southbridge Labour Day Agricultural Fair 1949

At the Southbridge Labour Day Agricultural Fair
Entry in the 2015 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. PH15-035.jpg CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0 NZ

“Country and city folk get together at the Southbridge Labour Day agricultural fair in 1949.”

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.

October Photo Hunt: Unloading diggers for Christchurch rebuild, 29 October 2011

Unloading diggers for Christchurch rebuild, 29 October 2011.
Entry in the 2014 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt by Jane Rodgers. Unloading-diggers-for-Christchurch-rebuild-29-October-2011 CC-BY-NC-SA-3.0NZ

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.

Photo Hunt October: Off to the game

Off to the game..
Entry in the Christchurch City Libraries 2008 Photo Hunt. File Reference: HW08-ANZC-098 CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0NZ

“Three Christchurch Boys High lads at the Lancaster Park turnstiles on their way to watch a Wednesday afternoon rugby match in 1956.”

Lancaster Park opened on 15 October 1881 and was Christchurch’s  primary sports venue until it closed following the earthquakes in 2010/2011.

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.

Photo Hunt October: Gundry- Strong Wedding, 1902

Ethel Gundry marries Frederick Strong , 1902.
Entry 2015 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt, PH15-RoSt-Ethel_Gundry_marries_Frederick_Strong_1902 CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ

Roger Strong entered this photo of his grandparents’ wedding in the 2015 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt:  “Frederick George Howard Bach Strong marries Ethel Theresa Gundry.  The wedding toook place in Christchurch, August 20th, 1902  – Springfield Road somewhere?   The Strong family is on the groom’s side. The bride’s father was William Hickley Gundry, a prominent auditor and accountant in Christchurch. His uncle was Dr Gundry one of the first settlers along with his father Samuel Gundry. The man with the beard at the back, third to the left of the groom is the groom’s father – at that time Librarian of the Canterbury Public Library – the Strong’s lived in the library house on Cambridge terrace.”

But what is the story behind the figure cut out in the back row?

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.

Photo Hunt October: Poppies in the City

Poppies in the City.
Entry in the Christchurch City Council Annual Plan Photography Competition, 2016/2017 by Tessa Rait. AP16_TERA2.JPG CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 NZ

“The photo was taken during the spring time, and I think it represents the city starting to come to life again. The flowers in the foreground are a contrast to the damaged, popular city centre nightspots in the background, but they make it look beautiful and remind us that life goes on.”   Date: 5 October 2015.

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.

Photo Hunt October: Majestic Dance Band

Majestic Dance Band.
Winning Entry in the 2008 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt by Merle Conaghan. HWC08-UR-028. CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ

“Jimmy Olin (Leader on saxophone), Lottie Duckworth (pianist), Neill Bamford (drummer), Tom French (double bass) at the Mayfair Lounge, Worcester Street.  This venue had the only white grand piano in Christchurch.  The men dressed in black suits, white shirts and bow ties.  The lady a long dress.  Not many women played in dance bands but Lottie was an excellent pianist.  They played at Balls, 21st birthdays and wedding dances.”

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.

Photo Hunt October: Interior of Terminus Convenience Store, Opawa, 1980s

Interior of Terminus Convenience Store
Entry in the 2012 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. PH12, img104, Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License.

Interior of Terminus Convenience Store, 134 Opawa Road, sometime between April 1986 and April 1989. Italian owner behind counter.

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.

Photo Hunt October: Open Day, 1955

Open day, 1955.
Highly commended entry in the 2012 Photo Hunt. File ref: RM-2012-PH-101; CC-BY-NC-ND-3.0 NZ

United States Navy Icebreaker Open Day at Lyttelton in 1955.  As the 2016 Antarctic season opens, this is a reminder of the length of the association between Christchurch and the U.S. Antarctic progamme.

Highly commended entry in the 2012 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt.  The judges commented that This colourful and action-packed shot shows the strong and enduring connection between Christchurch people and those heading down to the Antarctic.”

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.

Photo Hunt October: Little Kaye gets on a plane

Kaye Neely from Wellington leaving from Christchurch Airport with an NAC air hostess.
One of the winning entries in the 2015 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. PH15-055. CC-BY-NC-ND- 3.0 NZ

Kaye Neely from Miramar Wellington, departing at Christchurch Airport with an NAC air hostess. Kaye had come down for a holiday with her older cousins. As she was only four at the time she’d had to tell a “little white lie” saying she was five (the minimum age to travel unaccompanied. She was beautifully dressed in the new dress her mum had made for the occasion and wearing a hat and matching bag. Date: 1974.

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.