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A & P Show

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The first agricultural show in Canterbury was held on 14 September 1859 at a farm by the Rangitata River. The agricultural show was first held in Christchurch in 1862 just north of Latimer Square. The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association was founded in 1863 and the association bought a showground in Sydenham which became Sydenham Park in 1894. When this site became too small, the Canterbury A&P Association bought a site in Addington.

By 1918, the Friday of Show Week had become People’s Day at the Show. Some time between 1955 and 1958, the official holiday for the anniversary day of the province was moved from 16 December (the date of the arrival of the First Four Ships) to People’s Day (the second Friday in November).
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Akaroa

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Founded by French settlers in 1840, the seaside town of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula has retained many of its historic buildings and remains a popular destination for visitors to Christchurch. Explore a selection from our collection of both historic and contemporary photographs of this holiday destination.
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Antigua Boat Sheds

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The Antigua Boat Sheds were built in 1882 on the Avon River by the Antigua Street Bridge. The boating services they offer have remained a popular attraction for both locals and tourists to the city. Explore a selection of both historic and contemporary photographs of this iconic feature of Christchurch.
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Anzac Day

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Anzac Day (April 25) is a national day of remembrance which commemorates the New Zealand (and Australian) military personnel who have served in conflicts overseas. The day is marked by dawn services and commemorative marches. Poppies and wreaths are traditionally laid at memorials around Christchurch and Canterbury.
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Armagh Street Bridge

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The bridge was designed with a single span brick arch and featured stone abutments and a cast iron balustrade. It was completed in November 1883 and formally opened on 11 December.
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Around the Square

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Cathedral Square, the heart of the city, is one of the notable locations in Christchurch. Throughout its history it has been a place for citizens to gather in worship, celebration, or to pursue recreation. Move around Cathedral Square with a selection of images from our collection over time.
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Art

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Christchurch and Canterbury are home to many artists and galleries. Our collection captures not only the artworks, but the people responsible for their creation. From professional to personal, explore the artworks that have shaped the artistic landscape of the region.
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Arts Centre

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The Arts Centre is on the former Canterbury University site. The university outgrew the site and in 1978 the Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust Board was created. It was formed to receive the ownership of, and administer in perpetuity, the old University town site. Government approval to preserve the historic buildings was granted for the multipurpose use of the whole site as an arts centre.
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Authors

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Christchurch and Canterbury have produced many significant authors. The region has also been visited by authors of national and international renown.
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Ballantynes' Fire

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At around 3.30pm on 18 November 1947 a fire broke out in Ballantynes' Department Store on the corner of Cashel Street and Colombo Street. The ensuring tragedy resulted in the deaths of 41 people, making it the worst fire in New Zealand history. Our selection of photographs records the events and aftermath of this sad day.

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Band Rotundas

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Band rotundas were built in many public spaces across Christchurch to create permanent outdoor locations for the numerous bands to play in and to help to project their music into the surrounding area. The rotundas also provided a space for public speeches and commemorations. Although the public pastime of listening to band performances has declined, the rotundas still act as places for people to gather and remain features of the city.
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Beth El Synagogue

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Beth El synagogue was built to replace the original wooden synagogue on Gloucester Street. The foundation stone was laid on 8 February 1881, and the synagogue was officially consecrated on 15 November 1881. It was demolished in 1987, having the Star of David window removed to be placed in the new synagogue on Durham Street.
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Boats and ships

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With the Pacific Ocean on its shores, and rivers threading its landscape, the people of Canterbury have used boats for both work and leisure throughout the centuries. From row boats, tugs, yachts, and cargo ships, explore the various ways we have taken to the water.
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Books and Reading

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The people of Christchurch enjoy not only reading books but also collecting, selling, and managing them. From schools, book shops, to libraries, explore the way books have played a role in our society.
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Botanic Gardens

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The establishment of Town Reserves, Hagley Park and the Government Domain (now the Botanic Gardens) was included as part of the Canterbury Association’s plan for the settlement of Christchurch. Since then, the gardens have become a place for people to relax and enjoy a variety of flora and fauna, both indigenous and exotic.
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Bridge of Remembrance

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The Bridge of Remembrance has been an important part of the central city since it was opened on Armistice Day, 11 November 1924. Although it was originally built to accommodate vehicular traffic, the use of the bridge was confined to pedestrians in 1977. The bridge remains a focal point for services commemorating Anzac Day.
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Bridges

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As a city built around the environs of the Avon River and Heathcote River, bridges are a common feature in Christchurch. As the city developed and the use of motor vehicles increased, many of the city's earliest bridges were replaced with those of modern designs. Some, however, have managed to survive, and contribute to the heritage of Christchurch.
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Buses

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When the use of electric trams was discontinued in 1954, buses became the main form of public transport for residents in Christchurch. The style of buses has changed over the decades, but they remain an everyday sight on the city streets of Christchurch. As well as serving suburban routes, they are also used to venture further afield, transporting commuters to and from the Selwyn and Waimakariri districts.
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Camping

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Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region are home to numerous camping grounds. The Christmas-New Year period has traditionally been a time when families leave the stress of work and the comforts of home behind to camp at the beach or river. From campgrounds situated within the city, to further afield, explore this New Zealand holiday tradition.
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Can you believe it has been ten years?

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It has been 10 years since we were rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake at 4.35am on the 4th of September 2010. This began a sequence of further earthquakes and aftershocks that changed our lives and the landscape we live in forever.
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Canterbury from above

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Explore our collection of aerial views of Christchurch taken throughout the decades and see how the city has changed. Can you find your house?
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Cars

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New Zealand has one of the highest car ownership rates in the world. Cantabrians certainly like their cars with driving a private vehicle the most popular way to travel which leads to much congestion and trying to find a park.
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Cathedral Square

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Cathedral Square is not, in fact, a square but a cross. It became central to coming to town as shops and roads developed and also became the central point for public transport. Many lively events were held there over the years from official organised events to buskers and those on their soapbox.