Category Archives: Collections

The Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives has moved. Sort of.

The Administration Division of the Methodist Church has moved to its new office, Weteriana House, 50 Langdons Road, Papanui, Christchurch.  The Methodist Archives is part of the Administration Division.

While the Archivist and volunteer team have relocated to Langdons Road, the Archives Collection has not and this still remains in a storage facility.

For researchers to access documents, photographs, books or plans, from now on they will have to make a prior arrangement with the Archivist.

The Archivist will retrieve requested items from storage and transport them to 50 Langdons Road where they can be viewed.

Researchers will need to consult the catalogue on our website and let the Archivist know what they want to see.  At least 24 hours notice in advance is required and an appointment time needs to be made during office working hours as a meeting room will have to be booked.

This move to Langdons Road has meant that our opening hours are longer and more flexible than the previous half day per week, but records do need to be pre-ordered.

The future Archives Repository building has been approved by the Board of Administration of the Methodist Church and we have been advised that construction will start in 2017.  This is a purpose-built building and will be adjacent to Weteriana House at 50 Langdons Road.

For more information please contact:

Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives Christchurch
National repository for the archives of the Methodist Church of New Zealand


Head Archivist, Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives
Weteriana House, 50 Langdons Road, Christchurch 8053
PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Telephone:        (03) 366 6049 ext 831



Hours:                By appointment with the Archivist.  Closed weekends, public holidays, Christmas—New Year and Easter Tuesday.

Availability:       Please telephone or email the Archivist before visiting to make an appointment and arrange for records to be retrieved from storage.

Charges:             No charge for access during office working hours, but charges for purchasing copies or for the Archives staff undertaking research on your behalf.

  • Transcript of entry in baptism register: $10.00
  • Written enquiries requiring research on behalf: $25.00 per half hour.

For more details of charges, please see our website

PS – unfortunately while the Archivist is away, there is no service.  I will be away from 16 December – 16 January 2017.

Season’s Greetings to you all.


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Christchurch Anglican Diocesan Archives opening February 2017

Image from Archives New Zealand

Christchurch Anglican Cathedral, Archives New Zealand

The Christchurch Anglican Diocesan Archives will re-open on Wednesday 15th February, 2017.

Times of opening each Wednesday will be 1.00pm-4.30pm.

Access will be by appointment only.

Please email the archivist at least 10 days prior to your planned visit to make sure the material you require is available, and that there is adequate seating and parking to accommodate you.

A reply will be sent indicating whether there is space on any day, and offering an alternative day if necessary, as well as information about location. If you just turn up there is no guarantee that you will be able to undertake research.

Saturday Trial

If you are unable to visit on a Wednesday, the archives will be open during the summer on the following Saturdays from 10.00am-2.30pm.

  • Saturday February 25
  • Saturday March 25
  • Saturday April 29

A space to eat lunch is available.

Booking for Saturday seats must also be made at least 10 days in advance.

Contact:  or phone 03-365-9444

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Public talk : Rewi Alley Collection, Canterbury Museum

Rewi Alley and a Bronze bust of Alley by Francis A. Shurrock (1887-1977), exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1939. The original bronze cast was lost in enemy action on the way to New Zealand during World War Two. The present bust was recast and donated to Canterbury Museum in 1958 by a group of Alleys’ friends, including Shurrock. It was exhibited at the opening of the Hall of Oriental Art.

Rewi Alley and a Bronze bust of Alley by Francis A. Shurrock (1887-1977), exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1939. The original bronze cast was lost in enemy action on the way to New Zealand during World War Two. The present bust was recast and donated to Canterbury Museum in 1958 by a group of Alleys’ friends, including Shurrock. It was exhibited at the opening of the Hall of Oriental Art.

New Zealand’s largest collection of Chinese artefacts is now accessible online.

A website documenting and describing the 1,378 objects in the Rewi Alley Collection at Canterbury Museum has been developed by researchers in the first stage of a three-year Marsden-funded project.

Dr Bullen will give a free public talk about Rewi Alley and the Canterbury Museum Collection at 10.15 am to 11.30 am on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at Canterbury Museum.

New Zealand’s largest collection of Chinese artefacts is now available for the public to view in its entirety for the first time.

A website documenting and describing the 1,378 objects in the Rewi Alley Collection at Canterbury Museum has been developed by researchers in the first stage of a three-year Marsden-funded project.

Dr Richard Bullen (University of Canterbury and Canterbury Museum Research Fellow) and Associate Professor James Beattie (University of Waikato) are investigating the scope of the Alley Collection, why and how it developed and whether the gifting and display of artefacts encouraged favourable perceptions of a ‘New China’ in New Zealand during the Cold War.

Springfield-born Alley visited China in 1927 out of curiosity. He stayed for the rest of his life, only occasionally returning to New Zealand. He donated his first objects to Canterbury Museum in 1932. In 1956 then Canterbury Museum Director Roger Duff visited China and brought back a large collection from Alley. Alley brought more objects during trips to New Zealand in the 1960s and 1970s but more often relied on an extensive social network of New Zealanders visiting China to deliver objects to Duff on their return home.

Dr Bullen says, “The website brings together, in one publicly accessible place, a unique collection spanning 5,000 years of Chinese art and culture. Many of the objects are very old and very rare and we’ve discovered some surprises, for example a painting by important twentieth century Chinese painter Li Keran.”

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Notice: New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Annual Conference

The NZCCM will be holding its annual conference in Christchurch. The NZCCM is an association of professional conservators of cultural property employed in public museums, art galleries, libraries and in private practice. Our professional body has regional centres in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The title of this year’s conference is “Mending the Threads – Conservation’s Contribution to Cultural Revival’ offering an array of international and local speakers to talk on the subject of conservation’s relationship with indigenous nations. The conference is taking place at the Air Force Museum in Christchurch. Wednesday 28th October will be a full day of topics on this subject. The conference dinner will take place on the Wednesday evening in central Christchurch. Thursday 29th focuses on disaster preparedness and other general topics, followed by the AGM with a post reception drinks session again in central Christchurch that evening. There are also options for a tour and a workshop on Friday 30th.

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Just launched: IFLA Risk Register for documentary heritage

Holland House Library, 1940

IFLA has created a Risk Register for documentary heritage in order to raise awareness for the preservation, conservation, and safeguarding of documentary heritage (in any format) world-wide. We aim to gather data on documentary heritage collections in order to be able to respond adequately if confronted with natural or man-made disasters.

The Risk Register enables IFLA to provide contact and geo-spatial information to UNESCO and the organisational partners of the International Committee of the Blue Shield acting in case of disaster. This increases the survival of unique documentary heritage and its safeguarding to help rebuild communities in the post-disaster recovery period and beyond.

Who is the Risk Register for?

The Risk Register is for everyone who is an owner/custodian of a documentary heritage collection. In most case these are libraries/archives (national, research, public etc.), but in some cases documentary heritage is in private hands. We encourage registrations to the Risk Register from all holders (public and private) in order for IFLA to respond in the most complete manner.

Why register your collection?

We recommend registrations to the Risk Register from all countries/regions world-wide in order to raise awareness for risk mitigation and training, adequate preservation and conservation of collections, and if disaster strikes, to react to this.

Should a natural or man-made disaster occur, IFLA will work with the nominated contacts for each collection and international agencies to provide assistance on the preservation and conservation of collections.

Who can access the data?

The data registered with the IFLA Risk Register is maintained on secure systems and will only be accessible by authorised IFLA staff. It is collected to react to disaster and safeguard documentary heritage when needed.

Register a collection

To register your collection, an online nomination form must be submitted.  Please see full details on how to register your documentary heritage collection and complete the web form.

For questions, please contact:

Please also see the webversion.

Julia Brungs
Policy and Projects Officer
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague
Phone: 0031703140884

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Hands on Labelling Workshop – Saturday, 11 April

We still have 6 spaces left…workshop

The Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre in partnership with National Service Te Paerangi present:

Hands on Labelling Workshop

Lead by two of New Zealand’s top Paper and Object Conservators Lynn Campbell and Emily Fryer

Labelling museum objects with their accession number is really important to do correctly and safely; it links donor, catalogue and historical information to the object and helps track the location of objects in the museum.

There are many ways of labelling museum objects, come along and learn all of them today!

When: Saturday 11 April 2015, 9am – 5.30pm

Where: Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre

Only 20 spaces available; contact Moya to reserve your place today.

phone: 03 343 9522

Labelling kits and equipment provided.

Coffee/tea available. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or make purchases at Tuck Shop Café within the Air Force Museum.

On arrival please go to the Air Force Museum main entrance desk and ask for Moya.

Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre
Air Force Museum
45 Harvard Ave
Christchurch 8140
Direct Dial: 03 343 9522

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Christmas & New Year hours : 2014

Methodist Archives
The Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives is closed to researchers over
Christmas-New Year from Wednesday 10 December 2014, reopening on Wednesday 14
January 2015.

For more information please contact:

Jo Smith
Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives

Office: 1 Maydell Street, Ilam, Christchurch 8041, NZ
Phone: 03 3666 049 ext 831
Postal: PO Box 931, Christchurch 8040, NZ
Archives storage facility: Unit 7, 515 Wairakei Road, Christchurch
Phone: 3596 865

Archives Reading Room at Unit 7, 515 Wairakei Road is open Wednesday afternoons
1-4 pm.
Space is available for 2 people only at a time, so please contact the Archivist
to book a seat before visiting.

Archives New Zealand Christchurch Office
The public reading room at 90 Peterborough Street closes for the Christmas break at noon Wednesday  24 December and opens again 9.30am Monday 5 January.

Please note that for 2015 the public reading room hours are 9.30 am to 1.00 pm, Monday to Friday. This is a reduction from the current hours.

For more information please contact:
Chris Adam | Regional Archivist
Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kawanatanga
Christchurch Regional Office
90 Peterborough Street, Christchurch 8013 | PO Box 642, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Christchurch City Council Archives
The Christchurch City Council archives will be closed from 18 December 2014 – 30 January 2015.
Please email any requests to view the archives to

Macmillan Brown Library
Closes on  Friday 19th December and reopens on Monday 5 January.
We will also be closed for a library function from 1 pm Friday 12 December.

 The Anglican Archives continue to be closed until further notice.
Christ’s College Archives will close on Thursday 18th December and re-open
on Tuesday 13th January.

Jane Teal, Archivist
Christ’s College
Private Bag 4900
Christchurch 8140
The Christ’s College Archives are open each Tuesday and Thursday, 8.30am-5.00pm

Sumner Redcliffs Historical Society
Last day Friday 9th December, noon on 12 December. Open at 9.a.m., Friday 16 January 2015.

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Sounds of Lost Christchurch

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″)

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Christmas & New Year closures, 2013

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.

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Find New Zealand artists

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.

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