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Image of the week: 24 – 30 April

ANZAC Day 25 April

As we commemorate ANZAC day this year, the University of Canterbury Students’ Association welcomes everyone to the ANZAC Day Service at 10am on Tuesday 25 April.


Image credit: Pascoe, Paul, 1928, The Returned Soldiers procession, ANZAC Day Parade, Christchurch, 1928, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref 15785). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Details from Insiders, the UC student blog:

All are welcome to attend. This is an important occasion and an opportunity for students, staff and the wider community to come together.

The Service will take place on the Quad between the Matariki and Puaka-James Hight Buildings at 10am on Ilam Campus. Free parking is available in the Science car park off Ilam Road (excluding reserved parking spaces). In the event of wet weather, the service will be held in the Undercroft.

  • Te Akatoki will open the service with a Mihi/Karakia.
  • UCSA Vice-President Emily Barker will emcee.
  • The Christchurch Youth Choir will perform.
  • There will be addresses from representatives of the RSA, the NZDF, the UC Chaplain, and UC Chancellor Dr John Wood.

“We will remember them”

Look, Look, See exhibition on until 14th May

Don’t miss our Look, Look, See exhibition in the Matariki Campus Gallery.

Many of the artists represented have either studied or taught at UC’s School of Fine Arts.

Look, Look, See showcases a selection of works recently acquired by the University of Canterbury via acquisition and donation. From contemporary to historic, painting and sculpture, the exhibition is a concise and varied sample of artists with a strong connection UC and the Canterbury region. Artists include: Mark Adams, Chrystabel Aitken, Hannah Beehre, Oliver Dawe, Ioane Ioane, Andy Andy Le Leleisi’uao, Colin Lovel-Smith, Paul McLaughlin, Abbigail Meakin, Donna Patterson & Francis Upritchard.

 Research shows art can boost your work productivity, lower stress and increase wellbeing! See Guardian article here

Here is your opportunity to enrich UC’s environment. Staff and students are invited to view the exhibition and apply for works to be displayed in a department or chosen area on campus.

The exhibition runs until 14th May 2017 in the Matariki Campus Gallery.  More information here

Hannah Beehre, Lagoon, Resin, Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet, 2016, UC-APC-1264

Hannah Beehre, Lagoon, Resin, Swarovski crystal, acrylic & dye on velvet, 2016, UC-APC-1264




Congratulations UC Graduates!

The Library would like to congratulate all UC graduates graduating this week.  We hope you all take pride in your accomplishment and enjoy this celebration of your hard work.

Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Image Credit: Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Library search and borrowing services restricted on the morning of Tuesday 11th April

Update: The Self Loan machines are running. The Catalogue will work for alphabetical searching but keyword searches will not be accurate until around 11 am as they are being rebuilt.

Next Tuesday, 11th April, some library systems are being upgraded and this will disrupt services in all branches.

The library catalogue will be unavailable from 4:00 am until around 10:00 am although the ‘MultiSearch” search on our home page will still function.

There will also be no lending when the Library opens, although all going well, the SelfCheck machines should be operational by around 8:30 am.

Library staff will not have full access to the system until around 9:00 am.

Image of the week: 3rd – 9th April

April 1st was the anniversary of New Zealand’s international airline, Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), becoming Air New Zealand.

This photograph is from the collection of Noreen Penny who was a missionary in the 1950’s-60’s and documented her time raising four daughters in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Although this image is undated, presumably Penny’s flight on this ZK-TEC. TEAL Jet Prop – ‘Akaroa’ was prior to it’s crash at Whenuapai Airport in March 1965.

Noreen Penny (photographer), 1960s. Slide 0522, Noreen Penny Collection (MB1867, 148272). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Noreen Penny (photographer), 1960s. Slide 0522, Noreen Penny Collection (MB1867, 148272). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Item reference: Noreen Penny (photographer), 1960s. Slide 0522, Noreen Penny Collection (MB1867, 148272). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Image of the week: 27th March – 2nd April

Did you check out the New Brighton Duke Festival over the weekend? It’s the biggest Surf Festival in NZ!

If you did, you might have seen the replica of Duke Kahanamoku’s surfboard that was installed here in 2015 – based on the one in this photo.

Duke Kahanamoku was born 24th of August 1890 in Hawaii, he was a world renowned surfer, an Olympic medallist  and also starred in several films over his lifetime.


Image credit: Duke Kahanamoku – the champion swimmer of the world, n .d., John Macmillan Brown collection (MB118, Ref 13795). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.



Image of the week: 20 – 26 March

Dogs in the Library today! Feeling stressed? We have a puppy for that. Come and play with some adorable dogs!


Reference: Taylor, T. E., n.d., The Black Family, L Walker Collection (MB 1456, Ref 3329). Macmillan Brown Library. Christchurch, New Zealand.

Education 12:00pm – 12:20pm
Central 12:40pm – 1:00pm
Grass out back of Macmillan Brown 1:15pm – 1:35pm
EPS 1:45pm – 2:10pm

Image of the week: 13th – 19th March


Noticing the leaves change colour to fiery red, orange and bronze as we slip into autumn?

Thousands of new images from the Macmillan Brown photograph archive have been put online recently and are accessible via the Kā Kohika image search portal.

Featured here is such an image by photographer Noel Habgood.


Image Credit: Habgood, N., n.d., Plate 336 – autumn trees, Noel Habgood photographs (MB237, Ref 146693). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Week of the Geek

Wouldn’t it be great if Orientation didn’t have to end? If amidst the assignments and course readings you could take a break to cuddle a puppy, play some video games or race around campus to avoid being infected… wait, what?!

The mid-semester blues are real, but don’t worry, the library gets it. We get it so much in fact that March 20th – 24th we are bringing you not one, but FIVE, amazing events as we present to you the very first Week of the Geek!

CTRL-S these dates:

Monday 20 March:  Puppy Love – Release the Houndsdog
Missing your dogs from home?
University life starting to stress you out?
We have a puppy for that!
Lovable dogs will be touring all the libraries, so there are plenty of cuddles to go around.
Education: 12pm-12:20pm
Central: 12:40-1pm
Grass behind Macmillan Brown: 1:15pm-1:35pm
EPS: 1:45-2:10pm.

Tuesday 21 March: Finders Keepers – Around the Campus in 80 Minutes
Explore the back roads and bright lights of Ilam campus with our campus-wide international treasure hunt. Grab a group, or make some new friends by signing up by yourself here.
Prizes for the fastest and best dressed team!
Where: Meet on Central Library steps at 1pm

Wednesday 22 March:  OMGFandom! All the feels
We have the movies, we have the snacks, and all we need are people to come along and geek-out with us! Along with the UC Film club and Anime Soc, the library will be showing Star Trek (J.J. Abrams, 2009) and Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995). Whatever you geek out over come along to meet people who share your fandom.
Where: Level 2 of Central Library

Thursday 23 March: Games Unite – Cards and Controllers
Whether you’re a video game person or like to chill out with a board game we have it all. Library staff, UC Gaming Guild and SAGA will be on hand to show you the ropes, so come along to play a favorite or try something new!
Where: Level 2 of Central Library

Friday 24 March: Brain Food: Dine or DashBrain-food-fleeing_small
Come and join us for a race across campus like no other, as you fight for survival.
Sign up here!
Where: Meet on Central Library steps at 1pm



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Book Giveaway 12.15 pm Friday 03 March

Library Book Giveaway

Withdrawn Library books will be available for you to take home.
Friday 3 March, Level 3 Central Library 12.15 -2.30 pm

Please bring your own bags.

There are a mixture of subjects covered:

  • French Literature (PQ)
  • 19th C English Literature
  • History of Asia (DS)
  • History of Africa (DT)
  • History of Oceanian (DU)
  • Visual Arts (N)
  • Law
  • Forestry
  • Biological Sciences
  • and other miscellaneous items

library book giveaway

Image of the week: 27 February – 05 March


This plucky young lad looks excited to try his hand at the classic Kiwi kid pastime of sheep-riding.  Although someone should’ve told him they said “sheep” not “ship” by the looks of his sailor suit!

Boy on sheep

Image credit: Howitt, Gordon, n.d., Moonlight centennial, boy on sheep, The Gordon Howitt West Coast Historic Photograph Collection, (MB1072, 11297). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Image of the week: 20 February – 26 February


The Sign of the Kiwi, and its Café was restored to its former glory and opened for business recently. It was built as a tearoom and a rest house by Harry Ell in 1916. He was once the Christchurch City Councillor and has this wonderful vision that all parts of Port Hills should be accessible by public.

This iconic landmark was designed by Samuel Hurst Seager. He was renowned for his work as a town planner and well respected on the lighting in arts galleries.

Macmillan Brown Library holds some of his architectural drawings, manuscripts and published materials.

Image Credit:

Plate 0282 – Sign of the Kiwi, n.d., Noel Habgood photographs (MB1276, Ref 147704). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Art Exhibition: Moving Image Works

Moving Image Works

Date: 23 January to 3rd February 2017
Location: Matariki Gallery, Matariki Building


Still image from Toothfish by Oliver Dawe, UC-MBL-2549

This exhibition curated by Lydia Baxendell makes available four works utilising the moving image as media by recent UC graduates and SELECT Award recipients Barry/Holly, Oliver Dawe, Makoto Takuoka and Clara Wells. Media ranges from short film, scratch-film-style animation, datamoshed and glitched found footage and stop-motion animation.

Melancholic, comedic, unsettling and confusing these works explore themes of social, political, visual and emotional unrest.