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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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Celebrating your stories

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Highlights from our annual Photo Hunt which includes images that were Winning and Highly commended entries from Photo Hunt since 2008 through to 2020. These images show the variety of stories that have been shared and contributed over this time.
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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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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.
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Cricket

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The first cricket match in Christchurch, intended to be held on 4 October 1851, was postponed due to bad weather. That didn't stop the game from becoming an integral part of Canterbury's sporting life. From Hagley Oval and suburban parks to our own backyards, explore the many matches that have been played throughout the history of the city.
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Cycling

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The flat, straight roads of Christchurch have made it an ideal city to get around by bicycle. Cycling has been been both a form of transport and exercise for the people of Canterbury for well over a century. A magazine dedicated to cycling, the New Zealand Wheelman, was published in Christchurch between 1892 and 1902.
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Dogs

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31% of households in Christchurch own a dog. Here are a selection from our collection wearing lifejackets, hanging out and guarding their properties.
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Dwellings

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Explore a variety of housing types throughout the different periods of Christchurch's history, from practical to extravagant. Does your house feature in the selection?
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Elephants

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There has been a surprising amount of elephants in Christchurch over time, both real and fake. In December 1966 an elephant race was even held in Papanui. Explore this set to see a few from our collection.
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Fancy Dress

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It is not just children who dress up in costume in Christchurch. Theatrical performances, celebrations and event promotions are just some of the reasons adults have also donned fancy dress. Explore a selection of these costumes from our collection.
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Farming

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Farming has played a crucial role in the development of the Canterbury region and the city of Christchurch. From agriculture to dairy, from rural to market gardens, explore a selection of photographs from our collection that depict the farming industry.
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Fashion

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From the runway to the shop window, Christchurch has produced many fashion designers and models. Explore a selection of photographs from our collection that depict the contributions the city has made to the fashion industry.
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Flooding

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The history of human settlement on the Canterbury plains has often been marked by numerous floods. Even with modern utilities areas of Christchurch city can still experience flooding. Explore a selection of photographs that depict the ways in which people have tried to make the best of such situations.
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Flower Festivals

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As the garden city, it is fitting that Christchurch has hosted numerous flower festivals over the decades. Explore a selection of photographs that show the creative ways in which people have put flowers to use.
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Fountains

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From the central city to quiet suburban parks, fountains can be found throughout Christchurch. Some, such as the Peacock Fountain, have heritage significance, while others are known for their unique, modern designs. Explore a selection of these fountains, some of which have disappeared from the city's streetscape.
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Gateway to Antarctica

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Christchurch has operated as a gateway to Antarctica for many years.
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Golfing

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The oldest golf club in Christchurch is the Hagley Golf Club, established in 1873. Since then, various clubs have opened throughout the wider city and Canterbury. Many of the golf balls used throughout New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s may have been produced at a factory in Woolston.
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