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Gaiety Hall and Mona Vale Homestead to be restored

Gaiety Hall and Mona Vale Homestead to be restored

Thursday, 30 January 2014 5:23 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

A popular Christchurch heritage attraction and a well-loved community facility on Banks Peninsula are another step closer to re-opening after Christchurch City Council today (Thursday 30 January) agreed repair and strengthening work should go ahead.

How not to repair a heritage building in the Christchurch CBD part 137

How not to repair a heritage building in the Christchurch CBD part 137

Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:59 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Locked out of undamaged factory for 1075 days – (since Feb 2011) Do we still own our building????    

Heritage holdups frustrate

Heritage holdups frustrate

Friday, 24 January 2014 11:38 p.m. by MediaThePress

The Triangle – Noxious Exhalations, a Precocious Wastrel and a Special Earthquake

The Triangle – Noxious Exhalations, a Precocious Wastrel and a Special Earthquake

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 5:49 p.m. by LostChristchurch

“William Wilson was formerly a cabbage dealer in Canterbury; but fourteen years ago he was poor, whereas now he is rich, a circumstance attributable to a lucky speculation in a piece of land called the Triangles, at Christchurch, which was offered to more than one, previously to being bought for £200 by Wilson, who, unlike the others, had sufficient foresight not to refuse it which now, in rental, brings him in £900 per annum.” Hawke’s Bay Herald, Volume 11, Issue 871, 31 Augus ...

Interim work at CTV site to be complete for February anniversary

Interim work at CTV site to be complete for February anniversary

Monday, 23 December 2013 1:30 p.m. by GovtCera Popular

Work will get underway next month at the former CTV Building site to provide a more welcoming environment for remembrance of those who lost their lives there.

Early Days in Sydenham, how the Pioneers Fared

Early Days in Sydenham, how the Pioneers Fared

Saturday, 14 December 2013 11:22 p.m. by LostChristchurch

“I REMEMBER.” An interesting contribution to the history of the early days of Christchurch, and especially of the district now known as Sydenham, was made by Mr Henry Ffitch, of Glandovey road, Fendalton, in a series of reminiscences related by him to a “Press” representative. “I remember very well,” said Mr Ffitch, “that part of the country on what is now the borough of Sydenham in the years 1851 and 1852. I have a vivid recollection of the country, in ...

Momentous occasion for Knox Church

'Momentous' occasion for Knox Church

Saturday, 14 December 2013 11:15 a.m. by MediaThePress

The $5.5 million project of rebuilding the earthquake-damaged Knox Presbyterian Church has moved a step closer.

Helping the Timeball Station to rise again

Helping the Timeball Station to rise again

Thursday, 12 December 2013 1:48 p.m. by PRNews Popular

Holcim New Zealand has got behind the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) plan to rebuild the Timeball Station in some form at Lyttelton.

Committee recommends restoration of significant heritage landmark

Committee recommends restoration of significant heritage landmark

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 10:05 a.m. by GovtCCC

Committee recommends restoration of significant heritage landmark

Going Under Canvas at Sumner – 1890s

Going Under Canvas at Sumner – 1890s

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 10:25 p.m. by LostChristchurch

During the past year or two it has been customary for a number of parties of young men to go into camp at Sumner for the summer months, and to come up to Christchurch during business hours. Special facilities for this purpose having been offered by the Christchurch Tramway Company, the number of camps has considerably increased this year, and at the present time there are some forty parties living under canvas there, comprising over a hundred persons. While some of the parties have been content ...

Mona Vale and Municipal Chambers under-insured

Mona Vale and Municipal Chambers under-insured

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Two of the city's most prized heritage buildings have been under-insured.

Gold accreditation for Canterbury Museum

Gold accreditation for Canterbury Museum

Monday, 9 December 2013 10:54 a.m. by CantyMuseum

First glimpse of proposed Town Hall refurbishment

First glimpse of proposed Town Hall refurbishment

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 3:30 p.m. by FutureChristchurch Popular

Residents attending a Town Hall and wider Performing Arts Precinct information session yesterday got a first glimpse of what parts of the Town Hall could look like at the end of the four-year conservation project.

Hopes remain on Cathedral

Hopes remain on Cathedral

Tuesday, 3 December 2013 5:00 a.m. by MediaThePress

Bishop Victoria Matthews is relieved the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to preserve the Christchurch Cathedral.

Town Hall call likely to proceed

Town Hall call likely to proceed

Thursday, 28 November 2013 7:56 a.m. by MediaOneNews

Plans to restore the Christchurch Town Hall at a cost of $127.5 million.

Trams’ return symbolises city recovery

Trams’ return symbolises city recovery

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 3:41 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

After an absence of almost three years the official return of the distinctive ding ding of tram bells to Christchurch streets is hailed as a symbol of the city’s recovery.

Find out more about the Town Hall and new Performing Arts Precinct

Find out more about the Town Hall and new Performing Arts Precinct

Monday, 25 November 2013 6:56 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Christchurch trams back on track today

Christchurch trams back on track today

Thursday, 21 November 2013 8:10 a.m. by MediaHerald

Christchurch trams are back on track today.

CCC Building consents……….  For the record, no improvements here….

CCC Building consents………. For the record, no improvements here….

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 6:32 p.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

5.00 pm Wednesday 20th November 2013.

St Albans History group seeks photos/records

St Albans History group seeks photos/records

Friday, 15 November 2013 9:34 p.m. by stalbanscommunity Popular

Iconic Christchurch trams back on track

Iconic Christchurch trams back on track

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:40 p.m. by PRNews Popular

The Christchurch Trams have returned to the heart of the city. Yesterday, one tram was transported from storage in Ferrymead into its city centre home at Cathedral Junction. It will be parked temporarily at Cathedral Square. More trams will move during the week. It is hoped they will be in service on Show Day (Canterbury Anniversary day) Friday 15 November.

Bridge of Remembrance repairs progressing well

Bridge of Remembrance repairs progressing well

Monday, 11 November 2013 9:44 a.m. by GovtCCC Popular

Impressive heritage line-up confirmed for Reconnect

Impressive heritage line-up confirmed for Reconnect

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 7:01 p.m. by GovtCCC Popular

 

Cathedral rebuild ignores opportunity - ICOMOS

Cathedral rebuild ignores opportunity - ICOMOS

Monday, 23 September 2013 5:33 p.m. by PRNews Popular

New Zealand’s principal organisation for heritage professionals says the decision of the Christchurch Anglican Church Property Trustees to replace Christ Church Cathedral with a contemporary rebuild is a backward step for heritage conservation in New Zealand and ignores the building’s significant heritage value and ongoing offers of support and engagement from the heritage profession.

Shaves & Shampoos on the North West Corner of Cathedral Square

Shaves & Shampoos on the North West Corner of Cathedral Square

Sunday, 22 September 2013 8:59 p.m. by LostChristchurch Popular

It’s just before 3pm on a late summer day in 1914. Prolific Christchurch photographer, Steffano Webb is setting up his camera equipment inside the gents’ hairdressing saloon of well known Cathedral Square tobacconist, Frederick Woodward, the proprietor of Woodward & Co. The shop has been cleaned top to bottom; the floor swept clean so that not one loose hair can be seen. The mirrors have been polished and a myriad of bottled potions and lotions can be clearly seen on display.

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD…. part 125….

How not to repair a Heritage building in the Christchurch CBD…. part 125….

Friday, 20 September 2013 8:55 a.m. by ShakyTownBlues Popular

Well miracles do happen…. yesterday 10 September 2013 a digger turned up in the street and started to clear away the remains of the Billens building that has been lying in the street since 7th December 2012. It took less than one day to clean up.  ( Link  The puzzling aspect of this all was, we were told every time we asked why it had not been removed, that it was too dangerous.  Yeah right!  Interestingly it still leaves Laurie Rose’s frontage lying on the footp ...

Knox Church rebuild plan signed

Knox Church rebuild plan signed

Saturday, 14 September 2013 3:08 p.m. by Media3News

Plans to rebuild Knox Church in Christchurch have been signed off and a modern interpretation of the 1902 church is promised.

Court action only barrier to stop new cathedral

Court action only barrier to stop new cathedral

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 9:54 a.m. by Media3News

Action from the Supreme Court is now the only thing that could prevent the construction of a modern replacement of the ChristChurch Cathedral.

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 Popular

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.