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Captain Lorraine’s Final Fatal Balloon Ascent

Captain Lorraine’s Final Fatal Balloon Ascent

Friday, 30 August 2013 7:28 p.m. by LostChristchurch

Captain Lorriane Loses his Life The Balloon Carried out to Sea A Terrible Fall. The Aeronaut Drowned, Fruitless Search for his Body. Star, Issue 6633, 3 November 1899, Page 4 Not one of the thousand spectators who gathered at Lancaster Park yesterday afternoon to witness the balloon ascent of Captain Lorraine would willingly pass through a period of such awful anxiety and suspense as that which then fell to their lot. It is thrilling and exciting enough, in all conscience, to watch an intrepid a ...

All Christchurch town hall to be conserved

All Christchurch town hall to be conserved

Thursday, 29 August 2013 4:22 p.m. by MediaRNZ

Council Votes to Conserve Town Hall

Council Votes to Conserve Town Hall

Thursday, 29 August 2013 4:22 p.m. by GovtCCC

Town Hall to be conserved

Reel Life in Canterbury tour next month

Reel Life in Canterbury tour next month

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 4:46 p.m. by PRNews

 

Rebellion in Christchurch…

Rebellion in Christchurch…

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 9:11 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Locked out of undamaged factory for  days – (since Feb 2011)

Electric Trams – “Horses No Longer Required”

Electric Trams – “Horses No Longer Required”

Sunday, 25 August 2013 10:24 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

Christchurch was the last of the four cities to introduce electric trams, they had tried to introduce the system in 1902, but it was prior to the amalgamation of the boroughs, so with the advent of greater Christchurch and the Tramway Board being established, the work was able to be begun.

Scrap James Hay Theatre, says conductor

Scrap James Hay Theatre, says conductor

Sunday, 25 August 2013 8:21 p.m. by MediaThePress

 

Millie Mite – ‘one of the most interesting personalities that has ever visited the Dominion’

Millie Mite – ‘one of the most interesting personalities that has ever visited the Dominion’

Saturday, 24 August 2013 11:57 p.m. by LostChristchurch

It was a warm fair day on the 16th December 1919,  a light nor’easterly breeze was blowing through the city. Much the same weather was being experienced throughout the whole of the Dominion. The country was at the height of election fever. The Press had built a 50ft long by 27ft high results board outside their office so the thousands that were expected to gather in Cathedral Square could see the latest results from every part of New Zealand. For the first time women could be elected into ...

Mrs General Mite – ‘one of the most interesting personalities that has ever visited the Dominion’

Mrs General Mite – ‘one of the most interesting personalities that has ever visited the Dominion’

Saturday, 24 August 2013 11:57 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

It was a warm fair day on the 16th December 1919, a light nor’easterly breeze was blowing through the city. Much the same weather was being experienced throughout the whole of the Dominion.

Rising from the rubble - stories of High Street

Rising from the rubble - stories of High Street

Friday, 23 August 2013 4:07 p.m. by PRNews Recommended Popular

The Canterbury earthquakes irrevocably damaged Christchurch’s High Street precinct. The area’s Victorian and Edwardian streetscapes and series of lively interconnected laneways have changed forever, with a majority of its mostly masonry heritage buildings now demolished. 

Christchurch councillors consider town hall rebuild

Christchurch councillors consider town hall rebuild

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 7:08 p.m. by Media3News

 

New life for re-opened Grubb Cottage

New life for re-opened Grubb Cottage

Monday, 19 August 2013 5:30 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

D.I.C. 1909 – ‘An up-to-date Emporium’

D.I.C. 1909 – ‘An up-to-date Emporium’

Sunday, 18 August 2013 10:07 p.m. by LostChristchurch

The New Premises of the D.I.C. Cashel and Lichfield Streets, Christchurch From the ashes of the conflagration which ravaged the business heart of the city a year ago, there has arisen a wonderfully spacious and thoroughly up-to-date emporium, designed for the occupation of the extensive business undertakings of the Drapery Importing Company, firmly established in public confidence everywhere under the familiar title of the D.I.C. All the enterprise and modern ideas could suggest for the convenie ...

D.I.C. 1909 – ‘An up-to-date Emporium’

D.I.C. 1909 – ‘An up-to-date Emporium’

Sunday, 18 August 2013 10:07 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

From the ashes of the conflagration which ravaged the business heart of the city a year ago, there has arisen a wonderfully spacious and thoroughly up-to-date emporium, designed for the occupation of the extensive business undertakings of the Drapery Importing Company, firmly established in public confidence everywhere under the familiar title of the D.I.C. All the enterprise and modern ideas could suggest for the convenient carrying on of business has been incorporated with the internal arrange ...

D.I.C. Opens for Business in Cashel Street

D.I.C. Opens for Business in Cashel Street

Sunday, 18 August 2013 10:02 p.m. by LostChristchurch

 

D.I.C. Opens for Business in Cashel Street, 1884

D.I.C. Opens for Business in Cashel Street, 1884

Sunday, 18 August 2013 10:02 p.m. by LostChristchurch

“…the advent of a new Company that will sell goods at reasonable profits for cash…” To the Editor of the Press. Dear Sir, All undertakings of a public beneficial nature, which are likely to affect the interests of others, are certain to arouse the ire and enmity of those interested, and to call forth letters with a view to injure and vilify such undertakings. In such a position is the assailment by anonymous writers of the new Direct Importing Drapery Company. There are s ...

Christchurch Town Hall update August 2013

Christchurch Town Hall update August 2013

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 6:52 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

 

Harlequin Public House Reopens

Harlequin Public House Reopens

Wednesday, 14 August 2013 6:21 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

Council debates saving Chch Town Hall

Council debates saving Chch Town Hall

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 5:06 p.m. by Media3News

CERA and Pediments…..

CERA and Pediments…..

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 3:23 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

On a completely different subject for a change.   Pediments: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Council considering Town Hall restoration options

Council considering Town Hall restoration options

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:08 a.m. by MediaRNZ

Council considers Town Hall restoration options

Council considers Town Hall restoration options

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:08 a.m. by MediaRNZ

A Penny Stamp for All Places – Cathedral Square c.1908

A Penny Stamp for All Places – Cathedral Square c.1908

Sunday, 4 August 2013 10:08 p.m. by LostChristchurch

“There are two classes of Christchurch postcards – those with the Cathedral and those without.” The elegance of a lost age is captured in this exquisite photochrom postcard taken in Cathedral Square. The Edwardian photographer has recorded a moment in time, circa 1908, taken from outside the Christchurch Post and Telegraph Exchange. Women dressed in wide Edwardian hats and dress coats seem to waft through the scene. A gathering of ladies encircle a horse-drawn bus, perhaps bidd ...

Handsome and substantial – Warner’s Hotel, Cathedral Square

Handsome and substantial – Warner’s Hotel, Cathedral Square

Friday, 2 August 2013 3:18 p.m. by LostChristchurch

On the north east corner of Cathedral Square, the Commercial Hotel, owned by John Etherden Coker (1832 – 1894) was opened in 1863. The name Warner’s was not used until the hotel’s third owner, William Francis Warner (1836 – 1896) purchased the establishment in 1873 and renamed it Warner’s Commercial Hotel. Warner the Hero Warner was one of Christchurch’s most respected members of the licensed victuallers’ fraternity who owned Warner’s Hotel for twe ...

“Letter From New Zealand” …or Provincial Propoganda?

“Letter From New Zealand” …or Provincial Propoganda?

Friday, 26 July 2013 8:27 p.m. by LostChristchurch

Dear Father and Mother, l arrived here all safe on the 23rd of September, after a splendid voyage of 94 days without a single storm. I enjoyed the voyage very much and was kindly treated by everybody, plenty to do and plenty of friends. I have nothing to say against the Government, for they looked well after the single girls, and we have had the £5 given to us for industry and good conduct on board the ship, so that I am quite free, which is a great thing. I was able to earn by my needle on the ...

“The Sick, Faint Feeling of Violent Shakes,” Jane Deans

“The Sick, Faint Feeling of Violent Shakes,” Jane Deans

Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:06 p.m. by LostChristchurch

For one of our city’s most famous early women settlers, poor health had marred not only her voyage to New Zealand but also her arrival to her new home at Riccarton. From the moment Jane Deans boarded the sailing ship at Plymouth for Canterbury in November of 1853, she suffered from motion sickness. As the voyage progressed, her sea sickness became so severe, she could neither face hot tea nor food of any kind. Only just married to John Deans in October, Jane was also suffering from morning ...

Rudyard Kipling’s Flying Visit to Christchurch

Rudyard Kipling’s Flying Visit to Christchurch

Thursday, 25 July 2013 8:49 p.m. by LostChristchurch

By Our Special Reporter Yesterday morning I was at the Christchurch railway station with the intention of going to Port by the five minutes to eight train, in order to meet Mr Rudyard Kipling, who was a passenger on the Talune. I found that the steamer had arrived early in the morning, and that some of her passengers had already come up to town. I made enquiries in what I considered likely quarters, but could not ascertain whether or not Mr Kipling had been among these passengers. My enquiries w ...

The Spanish Beauty and the Beast – The Silver Grid Murder

The Spanish Beauty and the Beast – The Silver Grid Murder

Saturday, 20 July 2013 1:13 p.m. by LostChristchurch

For £55, reports The Press in 1909, an Antipodean may travel to London and back via the Cape, and secure a very pleasant holiday. “Twopenny tubes and penny buses are to be hailed in preference to taxis, and champagne chicken suppers are not to be on the daily menu, but a traveller could live and do fairly handsomely at a rate of a little over £3 per week.” French aviator and inventor Louis Blériot has, in July 1909, flown the English Channel for the first time in man’s history. ...

Love and Loss at the Silver Grid

Love and Loss at the Silver Grid

Saturday, 20 July 2013 1:13 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

Alfred and May Burn’s ‘Silver Grid’ at 107 Manchester street, just south of Tuam street, was a boarding house and amusement parlour. In October 1909, the front portion of the ground floor was occupied by slot machines, a billiard room, and a temperance bar and eating house.

The Spanish Beauty and the Beast – The Manchester St Murder

The Spanish Beauty and the Beast – The Manchester St Murder

Saturday, 20 July 2013 1:13 p.m. by LostChristchurch

For £55, reports The Press in 1909, an Antipodean may travel to London and back via the Cape, and secure a very pleasant holiday. “Twopenny tubes and penny buses are to be hailed in preference to taxis, and champagne chicken suppers are not to be on the daily menu, but a traveller could live and do fairly handsomely at a rate of a little over £3 per week.” French aviator and inventor Louis Blériot has, in July 1909, flown the English Channel for the first time in man’s history. ...

CDHB rescues heritage building - Whakatata House

CDHB rescues heritage building - Whakatata House

Friday, 19 July 2013 6:14 p.m. by PRNews Popular

The finishing touches are being put to one of the few Christchurch city heritage buildings to survive the quakes.

Earthquakes unveil window into past

Earthquakes unveil window into past

Friday, 19 July 2013 9:52 a.m. by MediaRNZ

Light Up the Leafy Night Tonight - Botanic Gardens

Light Up the Leafy Night Tonight - Botanic Gardens

Thursday, 18 July 2013 2:11 p.m. by GovtCCC Featured Popular

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are celebrating their 150th anniversary with , a magically-lit trail from 5.30pm–7pm tonight, Thursday 18 July, and every night through to Sunday 21 July and again from Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 July.

New hospitality operator sought for heritage Chch location

New hospitality operator sought for heritage Chch location

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:20 p.m. by PRNews Featured Popular

A unique opportunity to become part of one of Christchurch’s best-known historic precincts is now available - with a call for a dining and hospitality operator for one of the first buildings to be fully restored within the Arts Centre of Christchurch.

The Mystery of the Severed Hand

The Mystery of the Severed Hand

Saturday, 13 July 2013 10:26 p.m. by LostChristchurch

Eight miles from Christchurch on the seacoast there is a popular watering-place called Sumner. It nestles in a pretty cove or bay between the estuary of the Avon and Heathcote Rivers to the north and a spur of the Lyttelton Hills, called Scarborough, which juts into the sea to the south, and terminates in a bold and precipitous bluff. Between the estuary and the bluff is a curving beach of soft sand – a favourite bathing-place for Christchurch residents, though known to be dangerous in cer ...

Akaroa Museum welcomes community again

Akaroa Museum welcomes community again

Friday, 12 July 2013 2:01 p.m. by GovtCCC

Akaroa Museum will partly re-open to the public this weekend following temporary repair work.

Restored registry looks to future

Restored registry looks to future

Monday, 8 July 2013 12:13 a.m. by MediaThePress

Christchurch's quake-damaged Arts Centre is officially on the road to restoration.

Govt fails to move promptly over CTV Building

Govt fails to move promptly' over CTV Building

Friday, 28 June 2013 2:11 p.m. by PRNews

Mr O’Rourke asked the Prime Minister in Parliament today for his response to an open letter from the Quake Families which says:

South frame Innovation Precinct….. and weasel words….

South frame Innovation Precinct….. and weasel words….

Friday, 28 June 2013 10:45 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues

I read an interesting article in the Sunday Star Times 24 June 2013 by Rob O’Neill, it refered to weasel words.  Being in the South Frame of the Innovation Precinct, this rather resonated with me.

Sir Miles Warren defends his town hall

Sir Miles Warren defends his town hall

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

One of the architects who designed Christchurch's Town Hall is disputing claims the building is damaged beyond repair and not worth saving.

Town Hall should go - Gerry Brownlee

Town Hall should go - Gerry Brownlee

Monday, 17 June 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has declared his hand over the fate of the town hall, saying the damaged complex is outdated indicating it should go.

Theatre and architecture deal may be lost

Theatre and architecture deal may be lost

Monday, 17 June 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

The directors of an innovative shared artistic space planned for central Christchurch are struggling to find a suitable building.

Museum plans extreme quake-proofing

Museum plans extreme quake-proofing

Friday, 14 June 2013 5:44 p.m. by Media3News

 

Broken time

Broken time

Thursday, 13 June 2013 8:00 a.m. by ArchitectureNow

Cathedral decision on hold

Cathedral decision on hold

Friday, 7 June 2013 8:59 a.m. by MediaStuff Popular

The Anglican Church's property trustees have decided to delay any further decision on the future of the Christ Church Cathedral.

Heritage Event in 2013 recognises value of city’s past

Heritage Event in 2013 recognises value of city’s past

Friday, 31 May 2013 8:41 a.m. by GovtCCC

The Council today agreed to hold a smaller Heritage event later this year and re-launch Heritage Week in 2014.

Public wants modern cathedral - church

Public wants modern cathedral - church

Thursday, 23 May 2013 2:59 p.m. by Media3News

 

Historic building insurer paid out $511m

Historic building insurer paid out $511m

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

 

Chch must retain its heritage buildings

Chch must retain its heritage buildings

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

 

Christchurch’s first phone call

Christchurch’s first phone call

Saturday, 11 May 2013 9:01 p.m. by LostChristchurch

In 1877, the world was abuzz with the news of Professor Bell’s invention – the telephone. The Steinway Hall,  in New York, was packed to capacity on the 2nd of April, 1877 with the first exhibition in a series in that city of ‘that marvellous discovery’ the telephone. Speculation was rife that it would supplant the regular telegraph system. Reports scoffed at the ‘unsophisticated’ people who were excited with the prospect of ‘having a private telephone, ...

New $67M cathedral restoration plan

New $67M cathedral restoration plan

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 5:49 p.m. by Media3News

 

20,000 visitors experience Quake City attraction

20,000 visitors experience Quake City attraction

Friday, 26 April 2013 12:28 p.m. by CantyMuseum Popular

welcomed its 20,000 visitor today.

Discovery reopens at Canterbury Museum

Discovery reopens at Canterbury Museum

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 4:07 p.m. by CantyMuseum Popular

 

Dancing, festival as New Regent Street re-opens

Dancing, festival as New Regent Street re-opens

Friday, 19 April 2013 11:36 a.m. by GovtCCC Recommended Featured Popular

 

Charity set to restore old Trinity Church

Charity set to restore old Trinity Church

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

One of Christchurch's oldest stone churches could be fully restored after a new buyer came forward.

Govt works on quake-prone buildings policy

Govt works on quake-prone buildings policy

Monday, 15 April 2013 11:43 a.m. by Media3News

The Government is developing a new policy for quake-prone buildings and will announce it this year.

Church leaders favour new cathedral design

Church leaders favour new cathedral design

Monday, 15 April 2013 7:39 a.m. by Media3News Popular

Anglican church leaders and Christchurch residents appear to favour a modern design for a new cathedral.

Christchurch’s Countess – Léontine de la Pasture

Christchurch’s Countess – Léontine de la Pasture

Saturday, 13 April 2013 2:52 p.m. by LostChristchurch

To the inhabitants of colonial Nelson, Léontine, Countess de la Pasture, was the epitome of Victorian refinement and manners. To her husband, Gerard Gustavus Ducarel, the fourth Marquis de la Pasture, she was his beloved Lily, a virtuous and noble woman, who not only possessed great strength but generously opened her hand and her heart to the needy. Léontine’s presence was warmly embraced by the small, fledgling colonial society of Nelson. Her presence lent a sense of importance and class ...

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