Image credit: Howitt, Gordon., 1965., Moonlight centennial, men’s race, The Gordon Howitt West Coast Historic Photograph Collection (MB1072, Ref 9907). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns.
A sheer determination to keep it going, so can you! Keep up your good work, you can and you will!
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.
Read more about Nuclear-free NZ here.
Education, EPS and Macmillan Brown libraries will be closed for Queen’s Birthday, Monday 5th of June.
Central Library will be open from 10am – 5pm.
See the Library Hours page for more information.
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.
Thursday 18th May is International Museum Day – see http://network.icom.museum/international-museum-day
Writing a thesis or hoping to start writing one later this year? Find out more about this exciting event here.
Included are sessions on thesis proposals, literature reviews, writing and publishing papers, psychometric testing and useful technology such as Word for long documents, NVivo and EndNote
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.
Find out the reasons we love New Zealand Music…
Christchurch Orchestral Society last concert, December 1928, University of Canterbury research photographs collection (MB1448, Ref 4591). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand
Due to scheduled maintenance, the Royal Society of Chemistry platform will be temporarily offline from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. The downtime will affect access to journals, eBooks and databases.
The RSC apologises for any inconvenience and would like to thank customers and users for their patience while the access is temporarily interrupted.
It’s May which means it’s also New Zealand Music Month! Time to begin the month-long celebration of our talented Kiwi musicians.
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
Due to planned power outages, the Central Library, including the Undercroft will be closed on Saturday April 29.
The EPS Library will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm and the engineering CORE building will also be open for additional study space.
Saturday 29 April
Central Library: CLOSED
EPS Library: Open 10am-5pm
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.
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”
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
All libraries will be closed on ANZAC day, 25th April.
We hope everyone is getting some adventure time in these holidays. Flying fox anyone?
All libraries will be closed from Friday, 14th April until Tuesday 18th April (inclusive). We reopen on Wednesday, 19th April.
See the Library Hours page for opening times.
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.
You’ve made it to the mid-semester break! Well done – time to reward yourself with chocolate.
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.
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.
Item reference: Noreen Penny (photographer), 1960s. Slide 0522, Noreen Penny Collection (MB1867, 148272). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.
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.
Dogs in the Library today! Feeling stressed? We have a puppy for that. Come and play with some adorable dogs!
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
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.