Category Archives: Image of the Week

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”

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: 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.