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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

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

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

Former substation at Murphy's Brickworks

View of a Municipal Electricity Department former substation at Murphy's Brickworks on Centaurus Road in Huntsbury.

Date 1940-06-10
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Cable jointing

View of Municipal Electricity Department cable jointers at work on an 11,000 volt cable. Pictured are J. Dunlop (left) and F. J. Whitehead.

Date unspecified day in 1947-10
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

MED display at the New Zealand Industries Fair

Municipal Electricity Department stand at the New Zealand Industries Fair held in Christchurch demonstrating the Ripple Relay water heater control. Provided by the Department and "Metrovick" the...

Date unspecified day in 1957-05
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Linesmen's Training School

Mr Mace instructing students at the Municipal Electricity Department Linesmen's Training School.

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

Highbank Power Station

Highbank Power Station in Canterbury as viewed from the Rangitata riverbed. Some water then flows to the Rakaia River.

Date unspecified month and day in 1944
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Intake from Rangitata for the Highbank scheme

View of water intake from the Rangitata River for Highbank Scheme before some flows into the Rakaia River.

Date 1944-10-09
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Mobile crane on Park Terrace

View of a mobile crane in use moving Municipal Electricity Department equipment on Park Terrace looking south from Salisbury Street.

Date unspecified month and day in 1952
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Demonstration of safety technique

Demonstration of safety technique from the Municipal Electricity Department safety booklet.

Date 1949
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Demonstration of safety technique

Demonstration of safety technique from the Municipal Electricity Department safety booklet.

Date 1949
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Demonstration of safety technique

Demonstration of safety technique from the Municipal Electricity Department safety booklet.

Date 1949
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs

Farewell to Jack Messenger

General Manager, J.P. Shelley, farewells Jack Messenger after 52 years of service with the Municipal Electricity Department.

Date 1967-07
Format Photograph
Resource Type Image
Collection MED Historical Photographs