Archives New Zealand Christchurch Gallery

The Christchurch office of Archives New Zealand was an early adopter of online exhibitions of some compelling material, of treasures from their collection around the themes of

They have recently added a new bunch of material in their Christchurch Gallery.

They describe it

has been developed to showcase a fraction of the almost 12 kilometres of records held in the Christchurch repository of Archives New Zealand. The Farrago Gallery contains a random miscellany of images and themes, from maps and plans of Godley Head Defence Area to the Surgeon’s Report from the voyage of the Lady Nugent in 1850. It will be added to regularly, so it pays to check back often.

Further galleries will be opened over the coming months, as new themes, topics and items are chosen, digitised and made available.

Currently they have

  • Kā puna kōrero o Kāi Tahu
    images of selected public archives held by the Christchurch office of Archives New Zealand relating to Ngāi Tahu communities in Canterbury and Westland.
  • Farrago
    This is a gallery of the weird, wonderful or generally interesting items held in the Christchurch repository Includes material relating to the Erebus disaster and inquiry

  • The Early Ships
    Documents relating to the early Canterbury Association voyages to Canterbury, New Zealand. 1850-51
    This gallery will eventually contain the extant Canterbury Association papers relating to the first four emigrant ship voyages to the Canterbury Settlement in 1850 – 1851.

Oh and there is a Dunedin office gallery as well, which has a fantastic collection of posters from Railway stations.

My favourite piece of digital work that Archives New Zealand has digitised is the War Art collection – and its not just because you can tag entries but there is something very strong and evocotive about this imagery.


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