Canterbury 100 - Help us tell the story of Canterbury 1914-1918

Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project, co-ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.

On Sunday 12 October 2014, a free community event will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, where members of the public will be invited to bring along personal stories and artefacts relating to Cantabrians during World War I; specifically in the period leading up to the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.  Staff from each of the supporting institutions will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation.  People can discuss the possibility of gifting their material with any of the participating organisations or can arrange to lend it for digitising or display.

The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will provide the content for a community-based exhibition, opening in April 2015, which will tell the story of “Canterbury’s Road to Gallipoli” (title to be confirmed).  The exhibition will then be adapted to a more localised format for touring around communities throughout Canterbury.

It is intended that this will be repeated in the period leading up to the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 2017, and again to mark the Armistice and Peace celebrations in 2018.  At the conclusion of the WWI Centenary commemorations, the stories will be archived to serve as a permanent memorial to the people of Canterbury who experienced the First World War.

Do you have a story to contribute to the Canterbury 100 project?

We are looking for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts relating to Cantabrians in World War One, from soldiers and nurses on the front line to the men, women and children who remained on the “Home Front” in New Zealand.

To tell us your story, or for more information about how you can get involved, please visit the Canterbury 100 project site or contact

Organisations supporting Canterbury 100:

For information about other inititives around the country see

Like many Christchurch inhabitants, Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero was forced out of its home by the earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011. Radio New Zealand House on the corner of Chester Street West and Durham St was damaged and has now been demolished and the Archives moved to temporary premises while a new permanent home is sought.

Within our collection we have many recordings which capture events and everyday moments in Christchurch locations that no longer exist – or have been changed forever by the seismic activity.

Spectrum – A Kind of Square Programme 1987
The Cathedral dominates the square but it’s the people who congregate there who make it the living hub of Christchurch. Jack Perkins explores Cathedral Square. This programme won a Mobil Radio Award. (duration: 27′35″)
Christchurch City Movie theatres
All seven of the inner city movie theatres mentioned in this 1953 promotional recording have now disappeared from the CBD. (duration: 1′25″)
The Clarendon Hotel and Wynford Vaughan-Thomas 1954
Crowds and broadcasters wait for Her Majesty the Queen to arrive at The Clarendon Hotel, 18 January 1954. (duration: 8′17″)
3ZB live commentary on VE Day
3ZB live report of celebrations in Cathedral Square on V.E. Day 1945. (duration: 6′33″)
Springbok Tour protests
Springbok Tour protests Christchurch 1981. (duration: 10′27″)
Queen Elizabeth II Park and Pool
This sporting complex was built for the 1974 Commonwealth Games and held many happy memories for those who took part, either as athletes or supporters. (duration: 7′34″)
The Civic Theatre, Manchester Street
The acoustics of the Civic Theatre and its organ were captured in this recording of a talent show performance, recorded in 1951. ‘Southern Cross’ by William Gray. Unidentified female vocalist with organ accompaniment by Ken Boniface. (duration: 3′37″)
Cathedral bells on birth of Prince Charles 1948
The bells of ChristChurch Cathedral ring out to mark the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. (duration: 2′25″)


The Cantage list is back. And is now an online group!

Cantage is a group for anyone with an interest in documentary heritage, physical and digital in the Canterbury area.

Thanks to the fantastic people at online groups  we have a new home for the group.

To send a message to the group via email post to to

Visit the page for the Cantage Online Group at to see who else is a member, view the archives, or post a message. Or join.

Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives Christchurch

Closed over Christmas/New Year while the Archivist is away, from 16 December 2013, re-opening 6 January 2014.

Our Archives Reading Room at our storage facility is usually open Wednesday afternoons.  Over Christmas/New Year, our Reading Room is closed 18 December 2014, re-opening 8 January 2014.

Please contact the Archivist to book a seat, as space is limited.

Contact Jo Smith, Archivist

Phone: 03 366 6049 ext 831
Postal: PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140
Information about our Archives’ holdings is posted at

Archives New Zealand

The reading room closes at noon on Christmas eve and opens again 9.30am Friday 3 January.

As an aside, our office will resume full reading room hours (after curtailing our open hours in 2011) – 9.30am to 5pm on Monday 16 December.

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Open every day except Christmas Day, 10 am until 5 pm.

Anglican Diocesan Archives

Closed from Friday 20th December, and  back on Friday 10th January.

Christ’s College Archives 

Closed on Thursday 19th December, and closed each Tuesday and Thursday, back on Thursday 9th  January.

Akaroa Museum

Open every day except Christmas Day, 10.30 am until 4.30 pm.

The Christchurch City Council Archives

Closed for the following dates over the Christmas/New Year period and also in  late January:

23 December 2013- 10 January 2014, re-open on 14 January
20 January – 31 January 2014

Christchurch City Libraries

Christmas hours for Libraries

Archive and Research Room viewing :
closed 23 December 2013 – 3 January 2014

Note: in January the Family History material will be inaccessible while it is being transferred to Central Library Manchester.  Most likely to be some time in the week of 13 January.

Rangiora Museum

Closed on the following days only:  Sunday 22  and Wednesday 25 December and Wednesday 1 January.

Sumner Redcliffs Historical Society

Closed from 14 December, re-opening Friday morning, 3 January 2014.

Golden thoughts

Golden thoughts, postcard, circa 1920.

findnzartistsA new online resource is now available to help you find information about New Zealand artists:-

Find New Zealand Artists combines the artists mentioned in twelve different places into one list. Some of these twelve places are already online in which case you will be steered towards them, some are seriously offline and you will be steered towards some old-fashioned library resources such as books and cabinets of artist files.

Find New Zealand Artists lists every artist with an artist file at these libraries:
*       Auckland Art Gallery
*       Christchurch Art Gallery
*       Hocken Collections
*       Te Papa
*       Fine Arts Library, University of Auckland

every artist who exhibited with these societies:
*       Auckland Society of Arts 1873-1947 – we hope to add 1948 onwards soon
*       Canterbury Society of Arts 1881-1995
*       New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts 1882-1982
*       The Group 1927-1977
*       Rutland Group 1938-1958

and every artist mentioned in
*       ‘Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists’ by Una Platts
*       Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

So instead of having to look for an artist in each of these twelve places, Find New Zealand Artists works as an index to all of them at once.

On the site you will also find full details about this project, how it came about, who did the work, who supported it, how it’s organised and how it might be developed in the future.

Your feedback and suggestions are welcome. The full press release is available at

Catherine Hammond, Research Library Manager, E. H. McCormick Research Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki +64 (0) 9 307 7714.
Tim Jones, Robert and Barbara Stewart Library and Archives, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu +64 (0) 3 941 7394.

AfmI’m happy to announce another workshop in February next year. I’ve managed to keep the cost the same as 2010, even though this time it will be up to two days, maybe only a day and a half. In the past I have felt too pressed for time and having two days available will make things less stressful for me and hopefully more relaxed for you. Sorry to those coming from out of town.

I have put all the information at the bottom of this e mail because I think the CANTAGE ListServ doesn’t like attachments. If you’d like to have it sent separately please let me know. The last page, the registration form, should fit nicely onto a single Word document page, although I’m happy to receive it back by e mail. I do ask for payment before your place is confirmed.

I haven’t limited numbers this time as I have a larger room in the Recovery Centre available, however if I get a tidal wave of responses I’ll look at dividing the group into two.

If anyone has any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me and I look forward meeting you all in February.

Matthew O’Sullivan
Keeper of Photographs

Caring for photographs 2014

From Matthew at the Airforce Museum; email –

Please let Matthew know if you are interested in this opportunity. There have been some responses but not enough to go ahead with planning at this point.

Matthew will probably run it in either February or March and it may extend it to a day and a half otherwise it can get a little rushed. Perhaps you could also indicate whether a day or a day and a half would suit you, especially if you are thinking of travelling to attend.

More information on the photographic workshop (more…)


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