Category Archives: Image of the Week

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: 27 February – 05 March

Yee-hah!

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!

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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

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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.

Image of the week: 5 December – 11 December

Not long now until carol singing begins!

These festive felines are rehearsing their best, but I’m guessing this lot’s cat-erwauling isn’t very peaceful, holy nor inspiring of Christmas joy…

(See what I did there? Prizes for the best puss pun! Actually yeah nah, there’s no prizes… but have fun commenting anyway!)

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Image credit: Unknown photographer, n.d., Cartoon cat orchestra, Canterbury Mountaineering Club records (MB1667, 25720). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Image of the week: 21 – 27 November

Discovering De Jong: A scholarly legacy, asset, and resource.

This image shows a small section of an 18th century Sanskrit scroll (MB680, 79195) held in the Macmillan Brown archive collection which may be of interest to researchers visiting for the DeJongSymposium-Schedule on Wednesday and Thursday this week.  The De Jong Collection, estimated to consist of approximately 12,000 items, is held in the Library’s Rare Books, Archives and general collections.  We will have a tiny sample on display at Macmillan Brown Library this Thursday morning.

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Image of the week: 10th October – 17th October

No GoPros, selfie-sticks or automated drones here!

Back in the 80’s good old fashioned intrepid photography was being used to capture the February image for the 1983 Friends of the Earth Oparara Calendar. Getting into the outdoors like these guys is so good for you, and this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, with the theme for this year being ‘Connect with Nature.’ Visit their website to read inspiring stories, see what’s on around NZ and win prizes.

Image credit: Barney Brewste, 1983, Taking the February frame for Friends of the Earth's Oparara Calendar, Pete Lusk and Pat McNamara papers (MB1233, 5331). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Image credit: Barney Brewste, 1983, Taking the February frame for Friends of the Earth’s Oparara Calendar, Pete Lusk and Pat McNamara papers (MB1233, 5331). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand