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Municipal Electricity Department (MED)

Established in 1920, the Municipal Electricity Department took over the regulation of the city's electricity from the former Christchurch City Council Electricity Department. The organisation was...

Christchurch a city of light

Christchurch a city of light chronicles the history of the Municipal Electricity Department (MED) and the role electricity played in the development of Christchurch prior to the formation of...

Date 1990
Format Publication
Resource Type Text
Collection

Consumers' electrical guide and cookery book

"Issued to consumers by the Municipal Electricity Department, Christchurch, New Zealand." A small cook book advertising the benefits of cooking with electric appliances including recipes.

Date unspecified year in 1950 (year uncertain)
Format Publication
Resource Type Text
Collection

MED reception desk

Reception desk of the Municipal Electricity Department.

Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

M.E.D simulated rescue

Scenes of Municipal Electricity Department workers lowering their colleague, Sammy Hurunui to the ground and laying him flat during a simulated electric shock incident and rescue.

Date 1969-12-11
Format Negative
Resource Type Image
Collection 1969 Christchurch Star negative strips

The Baker family protest against MED prices

Mary Baker, with Graeme and Scott, in their third day without electricity after protesting against Municipal Electricity Department (MED) prices.

Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection 1980 Star photographs

Keeping warm on a building site

The Municipal Electricity Department workers, John Hiddleston, Greg Freeman and Jim Tangira, burning rubbish to keep warm.

Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection 1985 Star photographs

Artwork by Bing Dawe outside the MED building

Artwork by Bing Dawe on the footpath outside the Municipal Electricity Department on Manchester Street.

Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection 1987 Star photographs

For Sale sign outside the MED building

For Sale sign outside the Municipal Electricity Department building on Manchester Street.

Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection 1987 Star photographs

Low tension undergrounding on Evesham Crescent, Spreydon

View along Evesham Crescent in Spreydon where low tension underground cabling has been laid to avoid the need for overhead power lines.

Date unspecified day in 1961-08
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Works depot on Packe Street

View of the Municipal Electricity Department Works Depot on Packe Street in Edgeware looking south towards central Christchurch.

Date 1961 to 1962
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Waitaki Hydro Electric Scheme

View of the Waitaki Hydro Electric scheme dam on the Waitaki River from Lake Waitaki towards Canterbury.

Date unspecified month and day in 1930
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Waitaki Hydro Electric Scheme

View of the Municipal Electricity Department Waitaki Hydro Electric scheme dam on the Waitaki River from Lake Waitaki towards Canterbury.

Date unspecified month and day in 1930
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Waitaki Hydro Electric Scheme

View of the power house and dam at the Municipal Electricity Department Waitaki Hydro Electric scheme dam on the Waitaki River from Lake Waitaki flowing towards Canterbury.

Date unspecified month and day in 1934
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Meadowville Avenue, Spreydon substation

View of a Municipal Electricity Department substation on Meadowville Avenue in Spreydon looking towards the intersection with Simeon Street and south to the Port Hills.

Date 1942-07-13
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Pole substation

View of a Municipal Electricity Department substation on a pole outside a house in an unknown residential area.

Date unspecified year in 1940
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Scarborough substation, Tram Loop

View of the Municipal Electricity Department Scarborough Substation, Tram Loop.

Date unspecified day in 1946-08
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Woolston main substation

Exterior of the Municipal Electricity Department Woolston main substation at 1 Garlands Road, taken from the corner with Cumnor Terrace in Woolston.

Date 1941-07-31
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs