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The collection includes selected digitised material from the records of local and community organisations and clubs, churches, businesses and individuals. The archives material relates to Christchurch, the Canterbury region and the Chatham Islands from 1850 onwards and includes photographs, letters, diaries, booklets, government documents, and personal papers.
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1981 Springbok Tour posters

In July, August and September 1981 New Zealand experienced some of its greatest civil disturbance in that century as the South African rugby team toured the country.

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Albert James North collection

The collection consists of 133 photographs, 128 of which are by North, and 5 by an unknown photographer.

A selection of 79 photographs have been digitised.

Born in Dunedin on 26th August 1912...

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Cashmere Sanatorium album and photographs, 1913-1933

Two photograph albums and 70 assorted photographs of the Cashmere Sanatorium, Fresh Air School, Fresh Air Home and Coronation Hospital taken between 1913 and 1933. One photograph album inscribed to Dr...

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Christchurch Documentary Project

The Christchurch Documentary Project was a collaboration between Christchurch City Libraries and the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts to create a documentary photographic record of...

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Christchurch photographs and postcards

A small collection of varied photographs and illustrations of early Christchurch scenes. The collection includes photographs of the 1898 Aulsebrooks staff picnic, the 1932 Christchurch Technical High...

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Christchurch Star archive

The Christchurch Star archive is an extensive collection of photographic prints, negatives and newspaper clippings mostly covering local stories including those on community events, local people...

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Cinema advertising slides

Three of these coloured glass slides advertise films, one at the Grand Opera House. Another slide is a request for patrons to leave by the nearest exit. The remaining two slides advertise forthcoming...

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Diary written on board the Randolph

Diary of Charles Joseph Bridge, covering his outward voyage to Lyttelton on the Randolph and early life in Canterbury at the Homebrook run, near Lake Ellesmere, from 1850-1865. The diary includes...

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Drayton album

A photograph album from the early 1900s containing photographs of social activities, nature scenes and the 1900 Canterbury Jubilee celebrations.
Image credit: CCL-PH14-Drayton-025a

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Elliot family papers

A collection of colour transparencies recording family trips around New Zealand, pictorial views of scenery and places, and an Australian trip. Photographs are mainly taken by William Robin Elliot....

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Ern Smith photographs and papers

A collection of photographs and papers documenting Ern Smith's interests in business and the New Brighton Borough district.
Ernest (Ern) Smith was a New Brighton businessman with an involvement in...

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Ernie Ellis collection

Images of Christchurch and South Island towns taken by Ernie Ellis taken in the 1950s, visiting from Australia. The images include a National Safety Week parade, marching teams, Christchurch Mail...

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Finding aids for the Archive collections

These finding aids describe in varying detail the contents of the Christchurch City Libraries Archives collection. Not all archives currently have a finding aid online.

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Gimblett family collection

Photographs of the Gimblett family and Heathcote Valley, from the 1890s through to the 1940s.
Archive 949.

Image Credit: Group of young people outdoors with cricket bat. CCL-Arch949-Gimblett-042

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Glass plates

A small group of glass plates, most likely taken post first world war, featuring scenes around Christchurch, including some images of peace celebrations in Christchurch.

Image credit: CCCArchivesGP...

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Gordon Gee botanical illustrations

A collection of 296 of Gordon Gee’s watercolour and line illustrations from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Archives.

Image credit: Gordon Gee, Botanic Garden sign writer. CCL-StarP-01691A


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Graeme Farrant collection

Views of Christchurch events and people, taken by Graeme Farrant, between 1972 and 1974.
Image credit: CCL-GFarrant-Demo-73-10005

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Halswell Quarry collection

A selection of material from the Christchurch City Council Archives covering the working Halswell Quarry and its transition to Halswell Quarry Park.

File reference: Remnants of quarrying, CCCArch...

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Heney family album

A selection of photographs and postcards from the Heney family album.
Image: A volume of good wishes postcard, CCL-Walker-018a.

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Henry Bottle papers

A shipboard diary and six letters, 1879-1884. The diary, written by Henry Bottle, records the voyage of the Himalaya from London to Lyttelton, and starts on January 11, 1879, finishing on April 14...

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