You’ve made it to the mid-year break. Well done – take some time to celebrate!
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.
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
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
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
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”
We hope everyone is getting some adventure time in these holidays. Flying fox anyone?
You’ve made it to the mid-semester break! Well done – time to reward yourself with chocolate.
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
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!
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.
Plate 0282 – Sign of the Kiwi, n.d., Noel Habgood photographs (MB1276, Ref 147704). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.
It is back to school with hands on work experience!
Cricket season is in full swing. Who thought New Zealand would beat both Bangladesh and the weather in the Christchurch test?
Fingers crossed for some hot sunny days to get that one last dip in the pool before semester one starts.
16 January 1941 saw the foundation of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force so in celebration of women and planes here is Mrs Cowie’s party by plane!
Welcome back to UC! How did you all travel in today? Whether you came to UC by car, bike, bus, train or tram (if only!), on foot or some other way we hope you arrived safely and are happy to be here getting back to work or study!