Christchurch Changing

Christchurch Changing

An Illustrated History

Book - 2008 | Rev., 2nd ed.
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This lively survey tells the story of a major New Zealand city, the capital of Canterbury province and the South Island's largest metropolitan centre. Why was a city established in the middle of a swamp? What was it like to live in Christchurch of the 1850s, the 1870s or the 1940s? What has changed, what has disappeared and what has survived from the past? Who were the people who made Christchurch what it is today? What makes the city distinctive among other New Zealand centres? These and many other questions are answered in this highly readable account. With many previously unpublished historic photos, this book was the first product of a sesquicentennial project based in the History Department of the University of Canterbury. Twice reprinted, this popular account has now been updated with a new final chapter covering the decade to 2008.
Publisher: Christchurch, N.Z. : Canterbury University Press, 2008.
Edition: Rev., 2nd ed.
Branch Call Number: 993.83 RIC
Characteristics: 190 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ;,29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Sharfe, Jean
University of Canterbury
Custom Field2: Includes bibliographical references (p. 181) and index.
The town imagined: origins to 1852 -- Frontier town: 1852-1876 -- Victorian city: 1876-1902 -- Progressive Christchurch: 1903-1919 -- Garden city: 1920-1939 -- Conformist Christchurch: 1940-1959 -- Suburban city: 1960-1979 -- Regional metropolis: 1980-1999 -- Into the new millennium: since 2000.


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Celebrating the sesquicentennial of Christchurch (150 years) this book follows several themes; key individuals in the history of Christchurch, how the city grew, and what Christchurch was like to live in through the decades. The generous use of photographs, many never published before, helps to i... Read More »

Covers Progressive Christchurch: 1903-1919
and Garden city: 1920-1939. Provides valuable local historical overview. Level: Secondary.

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