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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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Bookshops

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A celebration of Christchurch bookshops.
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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.
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Cats

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Cats are a popular pet for the people of Christchurch with 45% of households owning at least one. Explore this set to see some cats from our collection that are dressed up, on show, being rescued or just hanging out.
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Celebrations

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War victories, centenaries, sport, and Christmas; these are just some of the reasons the people of Christchurch have celebrated, both in their homes and in public, by holding parades and parties.
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Central Christchurch Streets

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The streetscape of central Christchurch has changed over the centuries, from wooden cottages to high rise buildings. However, the predictability of the original grid layout designed by colonial planners has been somewhat altered by the post-earthquake recovery work.
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Cheque your Privilege

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As cheques are being phased out, take a look back at the times when being handed a cheque was GOLDEN.
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Children

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Visits to Santa, playground games, carnivals and building snowmen; the life of children in Christchurch and Canterbury has never been dull. Explore a selection from our collection that showcases the activities of childhood throughout the decades. You might find your younger self included!
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Chocolate

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7 July is World Chocolate Day.
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Citizens' War Memorial

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The Citizens’ War Memorial immediately north of the ChristChurch Cathedral, was unveiled on 9 June 1937 by Colonel S. C. P. Nicholls during a service conducted by Archbishop Julius.

The figures were first modelled in clay by the Christchurch sculptor William Trethewey, and afterwards reproduced in plaster. The moulds were forwarded to England where they were cast in bronze by A. B. Burton.
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Coastal Snaps

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This set has gathered some images of our coast to sit alongside the collection of images for the CoastSnap initiative in Ōtautahi Christchurch. CoastSnap is a global citizen science project to capture our changing coastlines. It aims to track how the coast is changing over time due to processes such as storms, rising sea levels, human activities and other factors.