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Macmillan Brown library storage scheduled maintenance (26 June – end August)

Due to an upgrade of storage areas, there will be limited access to some items from the Macmillan Brown Library collections from 26 June until the end of August 2017.

This includes some archive collections, newspapers, Māori Land Court minute books (except for South Island) and a small number of items from the Special Collections.

Macmillan Brown Library will remain open as usual during this time with most of the collections still accessible.

We apologise for any inconvenience to our users during this time. The improvements to the storage areas are intended to help us to preserve these treasured collections for future generations.

Please contact us at macbrown@canterbury.ac.nz if you have any concerns.

Image of the week: 12 – 18 June

A sheer determination to keep it going, so can you! Keep up your good work, you can and you will!

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Image credit: Hende, P. (n.d.), Party of 9 on Franz Josef Glacier. Alex Graham guide. Peter Lucas photographs (MB1077, Ref 6262). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Image of the week: 5 – 11 June

It has been 30 years since Labour passed the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act on June 8 1987. This image is of one of the posters held in our collection from the Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Committee founded in Christchurch by Larry Ross in 1981.

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Image credit: Larry Ross peace archives, Macmillan Brown Library.

Read more about Nuclear-free NZ here.

Image of the week: 22 – 28 May

Blackball is a small town in the West Coast. It was named after an old English Company called “Blackball Shipping Line”. For a small town, there are a number of remarkable books about Blackball at Macmillan Brown Library. The town was known for its strong union’s movement. Perhaps it was not a surprise it became the birth place for New Zealand Labour Party.

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Image credit: Howitt, G., n.d., First passenger train in Blackball, The Gordon Howitt West Coast Historic Photograph Collection (MB1072, Ref 9110). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

Image of the week: 8 – 14 May

We celebrate New Zealand Music Month in May.
It was first launched as New Zealand Music Week in 1997 and became New Zealand Music Month in 2001.

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Christchurch Orchestral Society last concert, December 1928, University of Canterbury research photographs collection (MB1448, Ref 4591). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Find out the reasons we love New Zealand Music

Image credit:
Christchurch Orchestral Society last concert, December 1928, University of Canterbury research photographs collection (MB1448, Ref 4591). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Image of the week: 1 – 7 May

It’s May which means it’s also New Zealand Music Month! Time to begin the month-long celebration of our talented Kiwi musicians.

Image Credit: Plate 0001 - Kiwi concert party World War Two, n.d., Noel Habgood photographs (MB 1276 Ref 147422). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Image Credit: Plate 0001 – Kiwi concert party World War Two, n.d., Noel Habgood photographs (MB 1276 Ref 147422). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

This photograph shows the Kiwi Concert Party, a unit tasked with entertaining troops during World War II and again during the war in the Pacific.
For more on the Kiwi Concert Party, check out this article by AudioCulture.
For a list of events happening in May, visit the official website for NZ Music Month: http://www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz

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.

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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: https://blogs.canterbury.ac.nz/insiders/2017/04/07/anzac-day-service-on-campus/

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.

Image of the week: 10 – 16 April

You’ve made it to the mid-semester break! Well done – time to reward yourself with chocolate.

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Image Credit: Green and Hahn Photography Ltd, n.d., Annual athletic sports, St Andrews College (Ken Nicholls, left), Ken Nicholls Collection (MB1455, Ref 3988). 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.

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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!

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

Where:
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

Autumn

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.

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