Two early Christchurch Church papers are now available on-line.
The two papers are the Church Quarterly Paper 1861-1866 and the Church Magazine 1876-1878.
Neither are complete, but all that was available in the Diocesan Archives have been digitized. If anyone has copies that could be used to fill in the gaps please contact the archivist
From the Christchurch City Archives collection, courtesy Eva.
Manuscripts and Pictorial collections
The National Library of New Zealand has just released the beta of the digitised Manuscripts and Pictorial collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library, including 100,000 pages from the papers of Sir Donald McLean and more than 70,000 New Zealand and Pacific images. See http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/
Donald McLean (1820–77) was Land Purchase Commissioner and Native Minister.
It is not clear yet but this possibly will replace Timeframes.
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.
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.
'Red’ Lamp shade
The University of Canterbury Library has recently digitised and placed online the majority of archival material from, by and about Ernest Rutherford that is held in the Macmillan Brown Library.
Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) is one of the University of Canterbury’s most accomplished alumni. Rutherford became a scientist of immense international stature and in 1908 won the Noble Prize in Chemistry for his investigations into the disintegration of elements and the chemistry of radioactive substances. Rutherford’s work was pivotal in forming the theoretical framework for 20th century nuclear science.
Included in this digital resource are letters written by and to Rutherford, reminiscences of colleagues about Rutherford, a record of Rutherford’s involvement with the Canterbury College Science Society and
copies of Rutherford’s certificates, scrolls and medals.
The collection also includes images of the ‘Rutherford lampshades’ which were crafted from some of Rutherford’s many certificates and awards and later deposited with the University of Canterbury for safekeeping.
View the collection
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