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.


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!


Reference: Taylor, T. E., n.d., The Black Family, L Walker Collection (MB 1456, Ref 3329). Macmillan Brown Library. Christchurch, New Zealand.

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: 13th – 19th March


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.


Image Credit: Habgood, N., n.d., Plate 336 – autumn trees, Noel Habgood photographs (MB237, Ref 146693). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Week of the Geek

Wouldn’t it be great if Orientation didn’t have to end? If amidst the assignments and course readings you could take a break to cuddle a puppy, play some video games or race around campus to avoid being infected… wait, what?!

The mid-semester blues are real, but don’t worry, the library gets it. We get it so much in fact that March 20th – 24th we are bringing you not one, but FIVE, amazing events as we present to you the very first Week of the Geek!

CTRL-S these dates:

Monday 20 March:  Puppy Love – Release the Houndsdog
Missing your dogs from home?
University life starting to stress you out?
We have a puppy for that!
Lovable dogs will be touring all the libraries, so there are plenty of cuddles to go around.
Education: 12pm-12:20pm
Central: 12:40-1pm
Grass behind Macmillan Brown: 1:15pm-1:35pm
EPS: 1:45-2:10pm.

Tuesday 21 March: Finders Keepers – Around the Campus in 80 Minutes
Explore the back roads and bright lights of Ilam campus with our campus-wide international treasure hunt. Grab a group, or make some new friends by signing up by yourself here.
Prizes for the fastest and best dressed team!
Where: Meet on Central Library steps at 1pm

Wednesday 22 March:  OMGFandom! All the feels
We have the movies, we have the snacks, and all we need are people to come along and geek-out with us! Along with the UC Film club and Anime Soc, the library will be showing Star Trek (J.J. Abrams, 2009) and Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995). Whatever you geek out over come along to meet people who share your fandom.
Where: Level 2 of Central Library

Thursday 23 March: Games Unite – Cards and Controllers
Whether you’re a video game person or like to chill out with a board game we have it all. Library staff, UC Gaming Guild and SAGA will be on hand to show you the ropes, so come along to play a favorite or try something new!
Where: Level 2 of Central Library

Friday 24 March: Brain Food: Dine or DashBrain-food-fleeing_small
Come and join us for a race across campus like no other, as you fight for survival.
Sign up here!
Where: Meet on Central Library steps at 1pm



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Book Giveaway 12.15 pm Friday 03 March

Library Book Giveaway

Withdrawn Library books will be available for you to take home.
Friday 3 March, Level 3 Central Library 12.15 -2.30 pm

Please bring your own bags.

There are a mixture of subjects covered:

  • French Literature (PQ)
  • 19th C English Literature
  • History of Asia (DS)
  • History of Africa (DT)
  • History of Oceanian (DU)
  • Visual Arts (N)
  • Law
  • Forestry
  • Biological Sciences
  • and other miscellaneous items

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Image of the week: 27 February – 05 March


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!

Boy on sheep

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


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.

Art Exhibition: Moving Image Works

Moving Image Works

Date: 23 January to 3rd February 2017
Location: Matariki Gallery, Matariki Building


Still image from Toothfish by Oliver Dawe, UC-MBL-2549

This exhibition curated by Lydia Baxendell makes available four works utilising the moving image as media by recent UC graduates and SELECT Award recipients Barry/Holly, Oliver Dawe, Makoto Takuoka and Clara Wells. Media ranges from short film, scratch-film-style animation, datamoshed and glitched found footage and stop-motion animation.

Melancholic, comedic, unsettling and confusing these works explore themes of social, political, visual and emotional unrest.

Level 4, Central Library

Level 4 of the Central library is now available without restriction.

From 11 January 2017 further moving of the collection will be carried out so there will be some disruption to you if you wish to work on this level.

The call range for Level 4 is now PA 6475 – Z.

However, English Literature PR2358.L6830 – PS 490.H531 books have been temporarily moved to Level 7.  They will eventually be moved back to Level 4.  Please check the library catalogue for the current location of books.

Congratulations UC Graduates

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.

Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Image Credit: Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.