To mark the start of UC Eco Week we have this stunning 1948 shot of Fox Glacier/ Te Moeka o Tuawe.
Image credit: MB1065, A.C. Graham photographs, item 19976, Aerial view: Terminal area Fox Glacier, Cone Rock, Fox River, Upper Cook Flats, Lake Matheson, 1948, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Eco Week (15th -20th September) is a festival of events held on campus to celebrate and promote what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.
From free banana ice creams to an eco-quiz night, there’s a lot happening so make sure you check out the full schedule here.
Monday 8 September, is International Literacy Day. This guy certainly looks like he is enjoying his nice relaxing read in the sun.
What will you be doing to promote literacy on Monday? We’d love to hear about it or simply what you’re reading right now. Here’s a list of ideas for International Literacy Day from Literacy Aotearoa.
MB1667, Canterbury Mountaineering Club Records, Reference Code 26029, Man in hat reading on a porch, date unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Yum! West Coast Whitebait Season starts today, September 1st. Just look at how much bait this gentleman has to sort!
This picture was taken at the Nolan Brothers Whitebait Canning Factory in Okuru, South Westland which was established in 1928 and regularly freighted whitebait to Christchurch and further afield until it closed in 1952. Ref: Te Ara
Nowadays, whitebait are in decline, mostly due to the degradation of their habitat. However, there is still enough for a delicious whitebait pattie with a dash of lemon juice, mmm! And if you fancy catching your own supper, here are the regulations: DOC Whitebait Regulations
Photo credit: MB1065, A. C. Graham photographs, 18470, Nolan’s whitebait factory, sorting table, photographer Markham Carthow Lyson, date unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Welcome to the last week of winter
Image credit: MB 237, Noel Habgood Photographs, Reference code 146484, Plate 128 – Village under snow, photographer Noel Habgood, no date, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Rewi Alley (1897 – 1987) was born in Springfield Christchurch, named after Rewi Maniapoto, a great Ngāti Maniapoto leader.
Rewi Alley or 路易•艾黎 (pronounced as Lùyì Àilí) in Chinese; he was an educator, a writer and social reformer, but best known as a friend of China.
Journeys in Time is a 7 part documentary to commemorate the unique life of Alley in China for 6 decades.
Gung Ho – Rewi Alley of China, (Gung Ho means ‘working together’) a 5 part documentary depicting how Alley assisted the locals in a co-operative movement when China was under the siege from Japan in 1930s.
Rewi Alley: an autobiography or Rewi Alley from Canterbury to China will tell you more about his extra ordinary life.
Macmillan Brown Library holds: Rewi Alley Collections.
Look up the Library Catalogue for his published materials or search through Kā Kohika for his manuscripts and photographs.
Image credit: MB45, Rewi Alley papers, Reference code 11594, Rewi Alley, photographer Didby Spencer, no date, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Anyone a keen tramper?
42 years ago these people were keen! This is a tramping group on the Roberts Point track in the August of 1972. The track overlooks the beautiful Franz Josef Glacier and is managed by DOC. Anyone interested in walking this track can find out more on the DOC website here: Roberts Point
Has anyone walked this track and got a story to tell? Or had lunch at the same spot as this group?
MB1065, A. C. Graham photographs, 18103, Group (7) at Roberts Point, August 1972, unknown photographer. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Monday, 4 August, is the 49th anniversary of self-government in the Cook Islands. This image is of Penrhyn wharf and was taken by John Macmillan Brown, possibly in 1919. Penrhyn is the largest and Northernmost atol in the Cook Islands. Can you tell us anything about this image or do you have any stories to share about Penhryn or the Cook Islands?
Image credit: MB 118, John Macmillian Brown collection, Reference code 13876, Penrhyn wharf, Cook Islands, 1919?, photographer John Macmillan Brown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
…and you think going to the dentist is bad now!
According to Te Ara, early New Zealand dentists would extract teeth rather than try to save them. Many tooth extractions were performed in the home, a stark contrast to our shiny and hygienic clinics of today!
Image credit: MB 1456, L Walker Collection, item 3521, ‘Tooth extraction’, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Look, boxing on the highway!
Highway patrol wouldn’t find it amusing today!
Image credit: MB 1077, Peter Lucas photographs, item 6594, Boxing contest main highway opposite Hende’s ferry, Harihari, date 1906, photographers Harold Hende and Peter Hende.
Kate Edger was the first woman graduate in New Zealand; she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts on the 11th of July 1877. Kate also attended Canterbury College and graduated with an MA in 1882. More information about Kate can be found Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand and New Zealand History online.
Image credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, item 4804, “Kate Edger, Mrs Evans, the first woman undergraduate”, date 1877, photographer Hemus and Hanna. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Have you got anything planned for tonight (7/7), say at 7.00 pm…?
Well, every year at this time, Arthur Porritt and Harold Abrahams dined together (with their wives) to commemorate their 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics! Porritt wins Bronze for New Zealand and Abrahams wins Gold for Britain.
Yes, the man who laid the foundation stone for James Hight Library (Central Library) on 2nd May 1970, was Arthur Porritt, in fact, Sir Arthur Porritt, the 11th Governor General of New Zealand.
Image credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, item 4784, The Governor General, Sir Arthur Porritt laying the foundation stone, 1970.
Porritt Park at Wainoni Christchurch is named after him.
Chariots of Fire, a movie that tells the story of the 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including the Best Picture in 1981. Arthur Porritt, the Bronze medallist, was known as “Tom Watson” from New Zealand. It is believed that it was out of modesty that he refused to use his real name in the film.
No ordinary Man: the remarkable life of Arthur Porritt is available at the Central Library.
Everyone loves a cute baby photo! This adorable wee guy grew up to be the well-known poet, James K. Baxter. He was the son of Archibald Baxter and Millicent Brown (who commented on last week’s ferocious photo!), and the grandson of John Macmillan Brown and Helen Connon. Both the Central Library and the Macmillan Brown Library hold many resources about or authored by James K. Baxter, and the Macmillan Brown Library holds some of his personal papers within the archive collection.
To search the archives, use our new database Kā Kohika.
Image credit: MB 148, John Macmillan Brown Collection, item 13062, J.K.B aged 3. [James K. Baxter], no date, photographer unknown.
Millicent Baxter, a well known peace activist, daughter of Helen Connon and John Macmillan Brown, and mother of the poet James K. Baxter, commented on this photo: “what a ferocious looking person”. Can you tell us anything about this ferocious looking man? We don’t know who he is or when the photo was taken, but the photographer was Nelson Cherrill.
Image credit: MB 118, John Macmillan Brown Collection, Reference Code 13181, What a Ferocious Looking Person, no date, Nelson Cherrill.
If you think students back in the day didn’t have fun, think again. This week’s photograph is of a Canterbury University student in fancy dress for the carnival-like capping day procession of 1919. This particular character and the procession were reported on in this press article, published 21st June 1919. We’d love to see your own fancy dress photos!
Image credit: MB 444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, item 15970, “A student in fancy dress for capping day, Christchurch”
Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Talofa! This week is Samoan Language week and 1 June is Samoan Independence day. This photograph of Samoan girls singing is from the Macmillan Brown Collections. The date has not been recorded, so we would love to hear from you if you can tell us anything about it.
Image credit: MB118, John Macmillan Brown Collection, item 12549, ‘Girls Singing’
Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury