A history of the earliest inhabitants of the east and south of the South Island by a most interesting historian. The title is somewhat dated, Moriori is the name now reserved for the original inhabitants of the Chatham Islands, but in Beattie's day it was commonly used for the earliest people of Te Wai Pounamu. First published in 1941, this is a facsimile reprint with a new index of Maori words.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 1993. Softback. 73 pages, with a new index of Maori words. NEW
The history, lore and traditions of southern Maori from the beginning, and an account of the successive waves of migration and conquest, culminating with the earliest days of contact with Europeans. First published in 1954, this is a facsimile reprint with a new index.
"Folk lore, fairy tales, Traditions and Place Names of the Scenic Wonderland of the South Island." First published in 1945, this is a facsimile edition with a new index.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 1994. Softback. 168 pages, with index. SECONDHAND
Contains many traditions and beliefs never before recorded As an old man Teone Taare Tikao passed on to the author knowledge which he had gained as a young man from the old people. First published in 1939 and again in 1990, this is a facsimile of the first edition with an index added.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2013. Softback. 178 pages, with index. NEW
Remembers and celebrates the rich and diverse lives of the people of the South Island iwi with 50 short biographies spanning over 200 years. Illustrated.
Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2018. Softback. 352 pages. NEW
Ngai Tahu stories and legends collected, in the main, from Hone Taare Tikao of Rapaki. A facsimile of the 1923 edition, with a new index by Robin Mitchell.Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2016. Softback. 109 pages. NEW
A comprehensive collection that includes over one thousand hitherto unpublished names collected from Maori sources. First published in 1945, this is a facsimile reprint with a new index.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 1995. Softback. 177 pages. NEW
The Maori searched for, and then traded, the precious pounamu along ancient trails across angry swollen rivers, through sombre forests and over treacherous snowfields into the heart of the Southern Alps. This book describes those old trails and their history. Maps and illustrations. First edition.
A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1984. Softback. 192 pages. SECONDHAND
A highly regarded history of of the province of Canterbury, New Zealand. Vol 1 covers Maori and European settlement to 1854, Vol 2 describes the establishment of provincial government while Vol 3 discusses Canterbury after 1876 and the rise of centralised government up to 1950. Originally planned as a centennial issue, war led to its delayed publication.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch. Hardbacks with dust-jackets. Illustrated. Vol 1, 1957, 287 Pages, Vol 2, 1971, 539 Pages, Vol 3, 1965, 547 Pages. SECONDHAND
A history of an unusually prosperous province that the author finds was a 'throughly bourgeois place' and facing complex new challenges. All discussed in relation to migration, domestic life, class, polotics, crime, religion, education, sexuality and pleasure.
John McIndoe Ltd., Dunedin, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 252 pages. SECONDHAND
Tells the tale of the Deans Family of Riccarton, Christchurch, pioneers who settled in the area seven years before the main body of settlers arrived in the first four ships under the auspices of the Canterbury Association. The Deans Family went on to have a substantial influence on the new settlement.
Simpson and Williams Ltd., Christchurch, 1964. Hardback with dust-jacket. Illustrated. 178 Pages. SECONDHAND
The Deans arrived in 1843 for seven years they were the only Europeans on the plains. This is the absorbing account of how the Canterbury settlement was established, for the Deans knew all the notables of the day. They helped to fashion Canterbury history in a unique way.
Shoal Bay Press Ltd., Christchurch, 1996. Hardback with dust jacket. 296 pages. SECONDHAND
These letters passed between members of the Deans family in New Zealand and their relatives in Scotland and cover the period 1840-1854. An outstanding picture of life in early Canterbury. A very good copy. Scarce.
A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1937. Hardback with dust jacket. 311 pages. SECONDHAND
These letters passed between members of the Deans family in New Zealand and their relatives in Scotland and cover the period 1840-1854. An outstanding picture of life in early Canterbury. First published in 1937, this is a facsimle reprint.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2014. Softback. 311 pages. NEW
These letters describe everyday conditions during the earliest days of European settlement in Canterbury, a unique insight into settler life. This new edition includes an index for the first time.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 1995. Softback. 126 pages, with index. NEW
Sesquicentennial Commemorative Booklet for the Deans family reunion with family information up to the current generations.
Deans Family Reunion Organising Committee, Christchurch, 1990. Hardback with no dust jacket. 78 pages. SECONDHAND
A journey in search of the unacknowledged founder of Canterbury. Captain Joseph Thomas arrived in 1840 and joined the New Zealand Company survey and was instrumental in the siting of Christchurch. This gives his full biography.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 2017. Softback. 288 pages. NEW
A biography of the leading force behind the settlement of Canterbury. Includes his political career in Ireland, his travels to North America, the Canterbury Association, Godley's return to Britain.
Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, 1950. Hardback with dust jacket. 251 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of essays on the public and private life, the ideas and achievements of the founder and first administrator of the Canterbury Settlement.
Hazard Press, Christchurch, 2001. Hardback with dust jacket. 128 pages. SECONDHAND
Edward Ward, a young man of 25, arrived in New Zealand with the first 'Canterbury Pilgrims'. This is his vivid and detailed account of this adventure, the journey and the first six months in the infant settlement. Limited edition of 1850 copies.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1951. Hardback with dust jacket. 222 pages. SECONDHAND
Details the years 1849-1850 in Canterbury and the difficulties as well as the triumphs of the men and women who were the true founders of the new colony. Those who arrived in December 1850 aboard the now-legendary 'First Four Ships' were fortunate to have had the foundations of settlement already prepared for them.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 2003. Softback. 236 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive and well illustrated account of the first six ships sent out from Engkland to New Zealand by the Canterbury Association in 1850-1851. Limited edition of 750 copies.
A comprehensive and well illustrated account of the first six ships sent out from England to New Zealand by the Canterbury Association in 1850-1851.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 358 pages. NEW
The journals and letters of Charles Obins Torlesse concerning the foundation of the Canterbury Settlement in New Zealand 1848 to 1851. As a surveyor, Torlesse had experience of the events, personalities and controversies that preceeded the arrival of the first four ships in Lyttelton. 1st edition, one of a limited edition of 750 copies.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1958. Hardback with dust-jacket. 238 Pages. SECONDHAND
The journals and letters of Charles Obins Torlesse concerning the foundation of the Canterbury Settlement in New Zealand 1848 to 1851. As a surveyor, Torlesse had experience of the events, personalities and controversies that preceded the arrival of the first four ships in Lyttelton. Second edition, one of a limited edition of 750 copies.Caxton Press, Christchurch, 2003. Softback. 255 Pages. SECONDHAND
Complete run of this very rare, political magazine which satirizes local and national politics and identities. Most issues are about 6 pages with added full page cartoons. There is a reasonable amount of tape repairs to edges, as well as some old tape repairs across torn pages. Some chipping loss to some margins. Earlier issues are the worse affected. Bound in hard boards.
Punch Office, Christchurch, 1865. Hardback with no dust jacket. 90 numbered pages. SECONDHAND
A history of Canterbury from Maori settlement to the arrival of Paheha pioneers with the Canterbury Settlement. Describes plants and animals of the province.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1900. Hardback. Illustrated. 215 Pages. SECONDHAND
The record of a seminar held by the Friends of the Turnbull Library. Numerous articles on Wakefield's Life, Thought and Influence, his views of the land, and his cultural legacy.
GP Publications, Wellington, 1997. Softback, 200 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of six essays, five with close Canterbury connexions, on Henry Sewell, Samuel Butler, women of the Canterbury landed gentry, the gold rushes, Blackball Miners' Union and Auckland politics 1841-53.
Canterbury University Whitcoulls Ltd., Christchurch, 1980. Hardback with dust jacket. 149 pages. SECONDHAND
Report of the Select Committee appointed by the Council of the Society of Land-Purchasers in the Canterbury Settlement, to take into consideration the best means of improving the communication between the port and the plains. One of the earliest pieces of printing in Canterbury. Bagnall 5244. Very rare.
I. Shrimpton, Lyttelton, 1851. Paper covers, stab stitched. 48 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the first thirty years of the Canterbury Settlement, interesting reminiscences together with illustrations from photographs by A.C. Barker. First edition.
Simpson and Williams Ltd., Christchurch, 1932. Hardback with no dust jacket. 208 pages. SECONDHAND
Bishop Harper's visitations, consecrations, baptisms and confirmations between 1857 and 1890. Includes visits from North Canterbury down to Southland, Banks Peninsula and the West Coast. Itinerary and maps. THIS COPY signed by author.
Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, Christchurch, 1997. Spiral bound softback. Approx. 100 pages. SECONDHAND
A biography of a significant figure in the life of early Christchurch and Canterbury. First published in 1903, this is the second revised edition with new material added. Illustrations.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1909. Hardback, no dust jacket. 253 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of papers telling the story of of the setting up of the branch of the Church of England in the new colony of Canterbury and the bishop who led it, John Chitty Harper. This copy is signed to title page by eight of the contributing authors.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2006. Softback. 315 pages. SECONDHAND
Including the reminiscences of Mary Thompson. A biography of the first headmaster of Christ's College, and the first Dean of Christchurch Cathedral. Good information on the development of the Canterbury Association.
Shoal Bay Press, Christchurch, 1996. Softback. 306 pages. SECONDHAND
The first volume covers the period of Sewell's public life when he and his wife Elizabeth, were living in Canterbury winding up the affairs of the Canterbury Association. The second volume covers his life as a parliamentarian in Auckland though there are excursions back to Canterbury. A revealing glimpse of early colonial life. Price is for both volumes together.
Whitcoulls Publishers, Christchurch, 1980. Two volumes, hardbacks with dust jackets. 510 pages & 371 pages. SECONDHAND
An illustrated record of the preparations of Henry Slater Richards of Bridgenorth, England, for his son's emigration to the Canterbury Settlement in 1850. A numbered, limited edition of 200 copies.
Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, 2002. Softback. 194 pages. SECONDHAND
Offers fascinating glimpses of pioneer life in the infant Canterbury Settlement of Lyttelton and Christchurch where 'wild pigs abound' in the sand hills of Brighton. First published in 1853.
Capper Press, Christchurch, 1971. Hardback with dust jacket. 92 pages with addendum containing 4 folding plates. SECONDHAND
The first biography of one of the most mercurial men in 19C New Zealand. Fitzgerald was wit, essayist and poet, artist, journalist, civil servant, politician, orator and singer. He was the first editor of the Lyttelton Times and founder of The Press and the first Superintendent of Canterbury.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 1998. Softback. 369 pages. SECONDHAND
Using the laborious collodian or wet plate method of photography Canterbury's pioneer photographers captured a special time in the history of the province. This book includes work by all the early notables and covers Canterbury, the west coast and the Chatham Islands.
Te Waihora Press, Lincoln, 1987. Softback. 143 pages. SECONDHAND
A scholarly account of local photography and photographers in the second half of the nineteenth century. Wonderful and little known photographs of Maori, early Christchurch, burgeoning European settlement and early pastoral and extractive industry. Much of this has not been seen before.Christchurch City Art Gallery, 2019. Softback. 143 pages. SECONDHAND
Best known for his photographic record of the earliet years of the Canterbury settlement and the infant city of Christchurch, Dr Barker was in the first party of immigrants in December 1850. Barker was dogmatic and iracible but always enthusiastic and very human. Illustrated with the doctor's own drawings and photographs.
John McIndoe Ltd., Dunedin, 1972. Hardback with dust jacket. 88 pages, 24 pages of photographs. SECONDHAND
The life story of the great man written by his son. It chronicles a decade of exciting explorations as geologist of the province of Canterbury in the then terra incognita of the Southern Alps. He was also responsible for the founding and early collections of the Canterbury museum.
H.F. von Haast, Wellington, 1948. Hardback, no dust jacket. 1142 pages with folding maps. SECONDHAND
Haast was an important figure in the early exploration and scientific investigation of the Canterbury province. His journeys through Westland and Canterbury are legendary and his topographical and geological mapping in these regions was outstanding. He was the founder and first director of the Canterbury museum. A few marks to boards. THIS COPY IS SIGNED by Burrows.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2005. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 215 pages. SECONDHAND
An absorbing history of the life of a colourfull colonial legal man, his friends collegues and clients in the formative years of Christchurch and the Canterbury Settlement.
Shand's Track Publishing, Christchurch, 2013. Softback. 199 pages. NEW
William Guise Brittan, Chairman of the Society of Canterbury Colonists, owner of Halswell Quarry and founder of three churches. His brother Joseph founded the Canterbury Standard. They were leading members of Christchurch society and keen cricket supporters in the new colony. An account of their successes and failures.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2015. Softback. 328 pages. NEW
The classic centennial history of Christchurch by an outstanding local historian. His own personal remembrance extends back to 1875 and the informative text is accompanied by many photographs of the old city and its growth. First published in 1949 this is a facsimile reprint.
Capper Press, Christchurch, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 499 pages. SECONDHAND
A social and pictorial history of the Christchurch Police District. Includes rural sub-districts, special sections, social aspects, roll of honour, the Constabulary Force. records the terrible prospects faced by the first constables.
Christchurch Police District History Book Committee, Christchurch, 1989. Hardback with dust jacket. 360 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of essays that take fascinating and broad views of the first 150 years of the city, showing how the modern city is intimately linked to its past. NB. this is a pre earthquake history.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2000. Softback. 395 pages. SECONDHAND
A by-law to make provision for the good rule and government of the city. 750 ordinances and 38 forms pertaining to the regulations of Christchurch City at time of publication. THIS COPY has rusted staples and some minor wear.
Corporation of the City of Christchurch, Christchurch, 1916. Softback. lix+272 pages. SECONDHAND
The official jubilee souvenir publication, containing much of interest about the municipal development of the city and considerable local advertising. Very good condtion.
Christchurch City Council, Christchurch, 1928. Paper covers. 131 pages. SECONDHAND
The History of the Social Service Council of the Diocese of Christchurch. Written in 1966 for the Social Service Council. Unpublished, bound typescript in thesis format. Cover slightly marked. Anglican Social Services stamp on front endpaper.
Social Services Council. Hardback. 101 Pages. SECONDHAND
A short illustrated history of the Christchurch Drainage Board 1875-1989. Folding maps throughout.
Te Waihora Press, Lincoln, 1989. Softback. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
Well illustrated with colour photographs by Derek Hamilton. Covers an area between Amberley and the Rakaia, and from the east of the peninsula to Springfield in the west. Each page has a large photo with a short history and description below.
Judith and Derek Hamilton, St Albans, 2008. Softback. 132 pages. SECONDHAND
Interesting illustrated history of Catholic churches and church building throughout Canterbury and Westland. Many of these buildings were destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes just as this book was about to be published. First published in 2012.
Christchurch Diocese, 2017. Softback. 239 pages. NEW
Articles reprinted from The New Zealand Church News relating to the historical, legislative and constitutional affairs of the (Anglican) Church of New Zealand, predominantly in Christchurch. Pertains to property, Trusts and Estates.
Coulls Somerville Wilkie Ltd., Christchurch, 1930. Softback. 173 pages. SECONDHAND
The memorial stained glass and some notable graves of St Peter's, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand. Colour photographs of the windows. This copy signed by the author.
Te Waihora Press for the Parish of St Peter's, Lincoln, 1990. Softback. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of Chippenham Lodge, from it's building in 1862. Early families and the later 'alternative' community that took over the lodge and expanded into adjacent sites.
Heartwood Community Inc. Te Ngakau O Te Rakau, Christchurch, 2014. Softback. 68 pages. NEW
A very well illustrated record of the history, changing appearance and people of Market Place and Victoria Square since the founding of Christchurch in 1850.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2014. Hardback, no dust jacket as published. 328 pages. NEW
Bound issues of the CGHS magazine from 1923 to 1926. 9 issues (#68, 69, 72-78). Lacks Term 3, 1923 and Term 1, 1924. About 40 pages per issue. School news, poetry, sports etc.
Christchurch Girls High School, Christchuech 1923-1926. Hardback with no dust jacket. SECONDHAND
A history of St Margaret's College, Catholic girl's school, from foundation to 2010.
St Margaret's College, Christchurch, 2010. Softback. 120 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of the Christchurch Municpal Electricity Department including the construction of the Lake Coleridge hydro electric scheme in 1914, the country's first.
Southpower, Christchurch, 1990. Hardback with dust jacket. 146 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of Christchurch over the past one hundred and fifty years. What made the city develop the distinctive identity it has. Published for the 2000 anniversary the book has acquired a nostalgic poignancy in the light of the earthquake destruction of February 2001.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 1999. Softback. 172 pages. SECONDHAND
A pictorial history of Christchurch's architectural treasures lost to demolition or fire. Numerous black and white photographs of long-gone buildings. Published in 1984 this history is all the more poignant considering the awful loss of remaining inner city buildings in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
Te Waihora Press, Lincoln, 1984. Softcovers. Illustrated. 96 Pages. SECONDHAND
Illustrations of 70 stately homes in Christchurch with historical information. THIS COPY has some pencil annotations noting earthquake casualties, and has a newspaper clipping pasted along one edge onto the free end paper.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 2004. Hardback with dust jacket. SECONDHAND
Written at a time when the city's buildings were under threat from demolition by rapacious developers the authors love of the old buildings of Christchurch and her drawings of them have aquired extra importance and charm since the earthquake accounted for most of the buildings she depicts.
John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 112 pages. SECONDHAND
A detailed, well researched and well illustrated history of all the bridges over the Avon and Heathcote rivers in Christchurch. Scarce.
Christchurch City Council, 1998. Hardback with dust jacket. 188 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the many bridges over the Avon and Heathcote rivers in Christchurch. Nearly 200 photographs. Covers bridges past and present (1998).
Christchurch City Council, Christchurch, 1998. Softback. 188 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of the Victoria Street, Salisbury Street, Montreal Street area of north west central Christchurch from the earliest days and the home of the Caxton Press since 1937.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1967. Hardback with dust jacket. 56 pages. SECONDHAND
A detailed history of the north town belt and the various people who lived there and built the fine houses. Some, but not all, have been demolished since the earthquake. A scarce local history title.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 60 pages. SECONDHAND
A detailed history of Rolleston Avenue and Park Terrace and the various people who lived there and built the fine houses. Pen and wash drawings by Derek Margetts. Some, but not all, have been demolished since the earthquake. A scarce local history title.
E.A. Jordan & Co., Christchurch, 1979. Softcover with dust jacket. 89 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the Christchurch Cathedral Society of Bellringers, New Zealand. Includes details of the purchase and installation of the bells of Christchurch Cathedral, and the membership and activities of the Society.
Christchurch, 1966. Softback. 52 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of the Christchurch Cathedral, the most well known and recognisable building in the city and the focus of a strong, ever-changing community of faith.
Christchurch Cathedral Chapter, 2000. Softback. 202 pages. SECONDHAND
In 1904 the author came from England to be vicar at Waikari, and later had positions at Christchurch Cathedral and Christ's College. The author's ministry in Canterbury. Includes a chapter on German occupation of the Isle of Jersey.
Martini Publications Ltd., London, 1949. Hardback with dust jacket. 248 pages. SECONDHAND
Printing in Canterbury A History of Newspapers and Printing Houses of the Province from the Earliest Times. Published by the Christchurch Club of Printing House Craftsmen, 1953.
Hardback with dust-jacket, illustrated, 68 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the square and its buildings over the years since its founding in 1850. Includes little known details about the city's most famous public space and 60 photographs. Of extra interest since the earthquake destroyed many of the buildings in question.
Clerestory Press, Christchurch, 1995. Softback. 86 pages. SECONDHAND
Centenary publication giving memories of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, Sacred Heart College, St Joseph's School.
Centenary Committee, Christchurch, 1968. Softback. 143 pages. SECONDHAND
The engineering accomplishment of those Victorian men of hard-headed practicallity who brought light and heating to an infant city, and in the boom-to-bust development of a volatile industrial venture. Illustrations.
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 1987. Hardback with dust jacket. 207 pages. SECONDHAND
A well illustrated history of the Christchurch brigade, its vehicles and personnel and of some important fires they have attended.
New Zealand Fire Service, Christchurch, 1985. Hardback with dust jacket. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
A absorbing account of the characters and their doings in the Christchurch Club since the early days of the Shagroons', the Canterbury colony nickname for the wealthy pastoralists who founded the club. Canterbury social history at its best.
Henry Elworthy Ltd., Christchurch, 2005. Hardback with dust-jacket. 344 pages, illustrated. SECONDHAND
A complete illustrated centennial history of the club that includes a facsimile of the 1930Golden Jubilee publication. Scarce.
Christchurch Working Mens Club, 1980. Softback. Unpaginated. SECONDHAND
Gives an insight into the organisation, and social events of the Christchurch Gentleman's Club, and the early days of Christchurch itself.
Willis and Aiken Ltd., Christchurch, (1932). Softback. 42 pages. SECONDHAND
For many years Crichton Cobbers has served as a youth club and venue for sporting organisations. This history covers all the varied sports that have used the facilities over the years.
Crichton Cobbers Youth Club Inc., Christchurch, 2002. Softback. 151 pages. SECONDHAND
The Golden Jubilee publication of the CTC. Many reminiscences and anecdotes of club activities and personalities. Many photographs.
Christchurch Tramping Club Inc., Christchurch, (1982). Softback. 95 pages. SECONDHAND
An anthology of verse written by Members of Canterbury College 1873-1923. What became the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. This is the subscription edition in buckram, limited to 200 numbered copies.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1923. Hardback with no dust jacket. xxxiv + 132 pages. SECONDHAND
Jubilee publication for the first 25 years of the College. Includes a register of graduates and associates. The College was resident in what is now Christchurch's Arts Centre complex. THIS COPY has a mildly chipped dust jacket.
Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, 1927. Hardback with dust jacket. 317 pages. SECONDHAND
The first woman to graduate with honours in a British University, Helen Connon (later MacMillan Brown) was one of the founders of Christchurch Girls High School and received her degree at Canterbury College. THIS COPY has some soiling to the cloth boards.
Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchruch, undated. Hardback with plain dust jacket. 92 pages. SECONDHAND
Records the efforts of the Trust to ensure Christchurch would develop along sound lines and also a record of change in the city over the period concerned.
Christchurch Civic Trust, Christchurch, 2005. Softback. 176 pages. SECONDHAND
A jubilee publication of the manufacturing engineering and iron and steel merchants, established in 1850. Gives history of the founders, the firm, and their projects and products. Well illustrated.
Andersons Limited, (1925). Softback. 48 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the buses, trams and their drivers in Christchurch and the social scene linked to the CTB. Formerly the Christchurch Tramway Board. Photographs of original trams, and various styles of bus. Large format.
CTB 100th Anniversary Reunion Society Inc., Christchurch, 2003. Softback. 56 pages. NEW
Covers the immediate effects of the earthquake and its aftermath as well as looking at the science of the earthquake. Includes a DVD with footage from the day itself and the documentary shown at the Memorial service.
The Press, Christchurch, 2011. Softback. 191 pages plus DVD. SECONDHAND
Photographs of the initial emergency response and later effects of the 22nd February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. 25 police photographers were involved in documenting the event. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations. Hodder/Moa, Auckland, 2011. Hardback with dust jacket. 208 pages. SECONDHAND
Collection of photographs of condemned buildings throughout Christchurch's Red Zone, including Port Hills and Lyttelton, both Cathedrals etc.
P Q Blackwell, Auckland, (2015). Hardback with dust jacket. 224 pages. NEW
55 essays on quake related issues such as the Red Zone, demolition, rebuild planning, community responses, Gap Filler, anchor projects, Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.
Freerange Press, Christchurch, 2014. Softback. 512 pages. SECONDHAND
Documents some of the response and acknowledges that it has occured in all modes of society: business, corporate, arts, design, government, philanthropy, education and of course, community. A contribution on how to create a city for the 21st and 22nd century, very well illustrated.
Freerange Press, Wellington, 2012. Softback. 380 pages. SECONDHAND
Pioneers in Protest No Gains Without Drains, being letters, mainly of complaint, culled from the archives of the Christchurch City Council. Some things never change. Hand set, published by Nag's Head Press, a limited edition of 150 copies.
Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1970. Hardback. 47 pages. SECONDHAND
An illustrated account of life in an Anglican religious order in Christchurch and their dedicated vocation and outreach to people in need.
Community of the Sacred Name, Christchurch, 1993. Softback. 112 pages. SECONDHAND
An interesting account of the buildings, staff and public services performed during the first one hundred years of the hospital, including poor relief during the Depression. With photographs.
North Canterbury Hospital Board, Christchurch, 1962. Hardback with dust jacket. 332 pages. SECONDHAND
Seger came to Canterbury in 1851 and played an important role in the early development of the colony. He served in the police force and in the prison service, then became the first Steward of Sunnyside Asylum, his wife serving as matron, and the pioneer of mental health care. An illustrated biography.
Heritage Press, Waikanae, 1987. Hardback with dust jacket. 299 pages. SECONDHAND
North Canterbury Hospital & Charitable Aid Board, Official History Progress and Development. The Christchurch Hospital an Historical and Descriptive Sketch.
Andrews, Baty & Co., Ltd., Christchurch, 1926. Hardback. 57 pages of text, plus many illustrations and advertising. SECONDHAND
An autobiography and history of thirty years of nursing in Christchurch Hospital by a former matron.
Moana Press, Tauranga, 1988. Softback. 222 pages. SECONDHAND
An illustrated history of the school compiled from the North Canterbury Hospital Board archives and other personal and professional memoirs.
Nursing History Christchurch Charitable Trust, 1997. Softback. 108 pages, with index. SECONDHAND
A history of the St John Ambulance Association and Brigade, and the role of St John in the life of Christchurch for over 100 years.
The Order of St John, Christchurch, 1994. Softback. 326 pages. SECONDHAND
A complete and comprehensive record of the Canterbury Area Health Board from 1963 up to its disbanding in 1993. Describes the development of health services and many of the people employed. Over 500 illustrations.
Canterbury Health Ltd., Christchurch, 1995. Softback. 396 pages. SECONDHAND
A century of Cashmere's primary school and community. A centenary publication by the school, this also contains a good history of the Cashmere area and past notable residents and buildings.
Cashmere Primary School centenary Committee, Christchurch, 2000. Softback. 179 pages. SECONDHAND
The first detailed exploration of the early history of legal education in New Zealand, concentrating on the first 100 years of teaching and the study of law at Canterbury.
Canterury University Press, Christchurch, 2010. Softback. 216 pages. SECONDHAND
Celebration and history of Cashmere High School 1956-2005. Includes chapters on overseas students, notable students, building developments over the years. Staff lists etc. Colour photo section.
Cashemere High School, Christchurch, 2005. Softback. 232 pages. SECONDHAND
An historical survey of a century of growth and a comprehensive description of the gardens in 1963. Fully illustrated, coloured folding map to rear.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1963. Hardback with dust jacket. 181 pages. SECONDHAND.
The illustrated story Lane Walker Rudkin, once New Zealand's oldest and largest clothing company, and of its many iconic brands. The company no longer exists.
Hazard Press, Christchurch, 2005. Softback. SECONDHAND
RNZAF Station Harewood 1940-45 and post war development including Christchurch International Airport. Includes accounts of the fire-fighting equipment in use and aviation accidents responded to.
Christchurch International Airport Ltd., Christchurch, 1993. Softback. 70 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of the farmland settled by William Boag, which later came to form the Council Park. Background on the Boag family lands. Chapters on the various different sporting clubs activities. THIS COPY Signed by author.
Arthur Grayburn, 1994. Softback. 161 pages. SECONDHAND
A record and celebration of fifty years of Burnside High School. Staff lists, Boards of Governors, building projects, notable achievements and prominent students etc.
Silver Fox Publishing, 2009. Softback. 204 pages. SECONDHAND
90th anniversary history of St Andrew's College, building on the earlier edition (1992). With further information on staff, students, events and activities at the school.
Board of Governors at St Andrew's College, Christchurch, 2007. Hardback with no dust jacket. 468 pages. SECONDHAND
25th anniversary publication for Middleton Grange School, established in 1964 as an independent Christian School. Describes the founding and structure of the school's educational system, and former and current staff and pupils.
25th Celebrations Committee Middleton Grange School, Christchurch, 1989. Softback. 154 pages. SECONDHAND
75th anniversary history of Avonside Girls High School, Christchurch. details how it was established as an overflow from CGHS, becoming independent in 1929.
Avonside Girls High School, Christchurch, 2003. Softback. 120 pages. SECONDHAND
A social history of Rangi Ruru Girls' School, 1889-1989. Includes the Gibson family who began a private girls' school from the Rangi-Ruru house.
Te Waihora Press, Lincoln, 1988. Hardback with dust jacket. 176 pages. SSECONDHAND
A detailed history of the College from its inception under the Wakefield settlement scheme. With colonial Canterbury being quite different from the English model, the staff and students have had various hardships to contend with. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations. Christ's College Board of Governors, Christchurch, 1996. Hardback with dust jacket. 799 pages. SECONDHAND
Superb pencil illustrations accompanying descriptions of the buildings of Christ's College, one of the oldest and well known New Zealand schools.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1991. Hardback with dust jacket. 107 pages. SECONDHAND
The Magazine of St Andrews College for 1992. Volume LXXIII. A record of the years activities and achievements.
St Andrews College, Christchurch, 1992. Softback. 212 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of Christchurch's Cathedral Grammar School 1881-2006. First printed in 2006.
The Cathedral Grammarians Asscoiation, Christchurch, 2006. Hardback with dust jacket. 243 pages. SECONDHAND
Traces the development of the airport from the municipal aerodrome of 1930s, through the wartime pilot training establisment and on to the corporate entity of today. Illustrated.
Christchurch International Airport, 2006. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 223 pages. SECONDHAND
A complete history of all the sports events and various other other activities held at the famous Christchurch venue since 1881. Many unique illustrations.
Trio Books Ltd., Wellington, 2006. Hardback with dust jacket. 224 pages. SECONDHAND
Lawn bowls was established in Canterbury in 1875. This book charts the history of the Canterbury bowling associations.
Bowls Canterbury Inc., Christchurch, 2007. Softback. 168 pages. SECONDHAND
A special souvenir publication "showing the commercial enterprise of the colony and some unrivaled beauty spots of New Zealand". Many photographic illustrations and advertising throughout. Printed by Horace Weeks, Christchurch. Interesting and scarce.
R. Allen and J.H. Scott, Christchurch, 1906. Softback. 160 pages. SECONDHAND
Official Catalogue of the exhibits, including education, social economy, naval and military, scientific and photographic exhibits. Original paper wrappers show some wear and soiling.
The British Government Committee, London, (1906). Softback. 250 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of facts, assumptions and queries pertaining to the philatelic aspects of the New Zealand International Exhibition held in Hagley Park, 1 November 1906 to 15 April 1907. Copy no. 125.
Alexander de Kort, Christchurch, 1985. Softback, side stapled. 97 pages. SECONDHAND
A full account of the New Zealand International Exhibition, Christchurch, 1906-07, with chapters on the preparations, the building and the exhibits, the music, art and home industries, Maori participation, the popular entertainment and the souvenirs. Also includes an exhibition bibliography. Profusely illustrated in full colour throughout. Limited edition of 250 copies.
Christchurch Antique Bottle and Collectibles Club, Inc., designed and printed by the Caxton Press, Christchurch, 2006. Hardback with dust jacket. 256 pages. NEW
50th Jubilee publication history of the Our lady of Victories Catholic Parish of Sockburn. The participation of the church in the social and spiritual life of the community.
Sockburn Catholic Church, 1999. Softback. Approx. 100 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive history of the Riccarton district to the west of Hagley Park in the city of Christchurch. The author was resident in the area for over 50 years. Signed by the author.
Penney Ash Publications, Christchurch, 1977. Hardback with dust jacket. 239 pages. SECONDHAND
The illustrated history of the waterways, wetlands and people of the Styx River catchment area on the northern outskirts of Christchurch.
Styx History Group, Christchurch, 2002. Softback. 98 pages. SECONDHAND
The delightful and colourful history of the River Avon flowing through the heart of Christchurch city. Very well illustrated. Published 1981.
Reed Publishing, Wellington. Hardback with dust jacket. 184 pages. SECONDHAND
A short illustrated history of the founding settlement of Canterbury prepared for the Riccarton/Wigram Community Board. Deluxe edition limited to 200 copies of which this is No. 153.
Christchurch City Council, 1994. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 166 pages. SECONDHAND
A complete history and study of Riccarton Bush. Includes the geology and climate, the flora and fauna, and the human history, from Maori and settler times, until the present conservation role. Well illustrated with colour photographs.
Riccarton Bush Trust, Christchurch, 2005. Hardback without dust jacket as published. 330 pages. SECONDHAND
Walter Fendall who arrived in 1850 took up the swampy land between the Wairarapa and Waimari streams. First developed for farming the area became the most fashionable suburb of Christchurch, this is that story. THIS COPY signed by the author.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2002. Softback. 227 pages. SECONDHAND
A short history of these Christchurch districts 1860-1960 together with the reminiscences of those who lived there. Includes farming, market gardening, poultry farming, wartime, local industry, shopping and houses of interest.
Roger Allen, Christchurch, 2014. Softback. 124 pages. NEW
A history of the first fifty years compiled for the Old Boys Association. Usual information on staff and pupils, notable milestones, sport and music and appendices.
Shirley Boys High School Old Boys Association, Christchurch, 2007. Hardback with dust jacket. 308 pages. SECONDHAND
Centennial history of the sale yards company and its activities. Yearly totals of stock entered from 1876.
Canterbury Sale Yards Company, Christchurch, 1875. Stapled card covers. 55 pages. SECONDHAND
An illustrated history of the saleyards, the company, and those that made it work Providing for the needs of Canterbury for 120 years from 1874 to 1997, before moving to a new site at Wigram.
Hilton Press, Templeton, Canterbury, 2013. Softback. 350 pages. SECONDHAND
A fascinating history of the Addington suburb, from the days when it was surveyed as rural sections outside the city limits. Its transformation from a farming to an industrial zone are discussed, including the growth of infrastructure such as schools.
Addington Neighbourhood Association, Christchurch, 2018. Hardback with no dust jacket. 320 pages. NEW
Sydenham has long been a distinctive part of Christchurch, this is its history made all the more compelling since the Canterbury earthquake of February, 2011.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1977. Softback. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
Centenary publication for the history of the Sydenham Citadel. sections on various aspects of the organisation and historic photographs of members.
Bascands Commercial Print Ltd., Christchurch, 1983. Softback. 44 pages. SECONDHAND
Centenary publication by the club with interesting historical information and many photographs of players and grounds, clubrooms etc.
Sydenham Rugby League Club Centenary Committee, Christchurch, 2013. Softback. 59 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive and well illustrated account of the development of the borough and then the suburb from the earliest days. With index and map.
Beckenham Neighbourhood Association, Christchurch, 1993. Softback. 110 pages. SECONDHAND
Extensive and meticulous amateur local history of one of the oldest settlements in Christchurch, located to the south on the banks of the Heathcote river. Revised and enlarged edition. This copy signed by the author.
Published by the Author, Christchurch, 2007. Softback. 325 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of Sumner from its earliest beginnings, written by the town clerk and published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the forming of the town as a borough. A detailed local history with illustrations. First published in 1941, this is a facsimle reprint.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2000. Softback. 48 pages. NEW
Describes the seaside hill suburbs between Sumner Bay and the Heathcote Valley, Sumner, Clifton to McCormack's Bay, Mount Pleasant, St Andrew's Hill, Ferrymead and Heathcote. Social history about local railways, ferries, schools, churches, cafes, clubs and personalities that gave these suburbs their unique identity. Also a family history reference.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 218 pages, illustrated. SECONDHAND
Describes the seaside hill suburbs between Sumner Bay and the Heathcote Valley, Sumner, Clifton to McCormack's Bay, Mount Pleasant, St Andrew's Hill, Ferrymead and Heathcote. Social history about local railways, ferries, schools, churches, cafes, clubs and personalities that gave these suburbs their unique identity. Also a family history reference. First published in 1976, this is a facsimile edition.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 1996. Softback. 215 pages. NEW
History of the school and notable people involved with it. Includes lists of registered Centennial attendees. Well illustrated with photographs.
Sumner School Centennial Committee, Christchurch, 1977. Softback. 1000 pages. SECONDHAND
The centennial history of the lifeboat service and the part played by the Sumner Lifeboat Institution in the development of Sumner and Canterbury.
Sumner Lifeboat Institution, Christchurch, 1998. Softback. 188 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of the Club. Includes incidental information about the Taylor's Mistake Community and history including the cave-dwellings built into the rock faces. Membership rolls and prize-winners listed.
The Raven Press Company Ltd., Christchurch, 1991. Softback. 248 pages. SECONDHAND
A social history of New Brighton which describes the growth of Christchurch's seaside suburb from when the area was known as the Sandhill Run in the 1850s to its emergence as a surfer's paradise and seaside resort. Details the people, business and clubs which have given the area its unique character. Numerous photographs from private collections.
A & C Arts Ltd. Hardback with dust-jacket. Illustrated. 207 pages. SECONDHAND
A witty and sympathetic portrait of the turbulent and colourfull Professor Alexander Bickerton, teacher of Ernest Rutherford and later proprietor of the Wainoni Pleasure Gardens.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1956. Hardback with dust jacket. 149 pages. SECONDHAND
A well illustrated history of Speedway racing at the Aranui track in Rowan Avenue. Covers the seasons from 1949 to 1959. Includes bikes, racing cars, stockcars, sidecars, stock bikes, TQs and midgets.
A J Batt, Woolston, 2000. Softback. 103 pages. NEW
The extaordinary man and his extraordinary achievements, most notably the entertainments at Wainoni Park, are well covered in this facinating work of local history.
Timothy Baker, Christchurch, 2004. Softback. 83 pages. SECONDHAND
An illustrated history of the Road Board and the County Council that throws light on the general history of the area from the early days of the Canterbury Settlement when the wharves were busy on the lower Heathcote River.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1989. Softback. 274 pages. SECONDHAND
150 years of the Heathcote Valley School and community. Very detailed accounts of early families, industry, business and civil infrastructure. Well illustrated. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.
Purple Grouse Press, Christchurch, 2010. Softback. 386 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the Port Hills that visits each little locality in turn, dealing with topography, botany and the history of settlement and development. First published in 1978, this book is a Canterbury local history classic.
AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1978. Hardback with dust jacket. 246 pages. SECONDHAND
Collects four works about early motorcycle racing on Banks Peninsula, and on the beaches near Christchurch from the 1920s. A lot of information on the Canterbury racing scene up to the 1940s. A few photographs.
Kiwi Publishers, Christchurch, 1994. Softback. 202 pages. NEW
Gathers together the oral tradition and scattered written material associated with Halswell Quarry and highlights the essential contribution it has made to the city and its architecture.
Christchurch City Council, Christchurch, 1993. Softback. 64 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary, its communities, clubs, controversies and contributions. Companion to 'Beyond the City' and 'Lake Ellesmere to Te Pirita'. Illustrated.
Penney Ash Publications, Christchurch, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 296 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive account of the geology, history, ecology, birdlife, and human use of the Avon-Heathcote estuary and Brooklands Lagoon.
Christchurch City Council, 1992. Softback. 137 pages, plus appendices. SECONDHAND
The plants and animals of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary. Pen illustrations for identification of estuary species nationwide.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2005. Wirebound softback. 179 pages. SECONDHAND
The events and the characters that were important in the development of the council owned forest area and environs and the change from timber production to recreation use.
Christchurch City Council, 2000. Softback. 123 pages. SECONDHAND
The illustrated centennial history of the Christchurch Beautifying Association celebrating its achievements in transforming the city into 'the garden city'. Illustrated.
Clerestory Press, Christchurch, 1999. Softback. 114 pages. SECONDHAND
A selected history of Canterbury Hospitality 1849-2010. Taverns, hotels, bars from the earliest days. Gives a general account of the national attitude to alcohol and socialising as well as of specific establishments.
The Hospitality Association of New Zealand (Canterbury), Christchurch, 2011. Softback. 324 pages. SECONDHAND
Tells the story of the McLean Institue's success in realising the high ideals that inspired McLean's generosity in endowing one of Christchurch's most notable charitable institutions.
McLean Institute, Christchurch, 2008. Softback. 200 pages. SECONDHAND
A tour through the historic buildings of Christchurch and the Peninsula. All the more poignant since the Feburary 2011 earthquake destroyed many of the buildings illustrated here.
Christchurch Civic Trust, Christchurch, 2007. Softback. 200 pages. SECONDHAND
A complete history of the development of the harbour, port and town. Contains many photographs, some folding panoramas and folding maps and plans. Superb history. Scarce.
Lyttelton Harbour Board, 1927. Paper covers, yapped. 131 pages, folding map to rear. SECONDHAND
John Johnston describes the history of Lyttelton from its settlement by Maori, the arrival of English settlers in the 1840s, the establishment of the borough, the port and its development,to the growth of its suburbs up to 1949. Includes list of mayors, men killed in action during World War I and II and a list of small boats trading in and out of Lyttelton. A comprehensive text of interest to social historians and family historians alike.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1952. Hardback with dust jacket. 243 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the government but also a good account of the development of the town's infrastructure. Chapters on the Fire Brigade and Great Fire, the public utilities etc.
Lyttelton Borough Council, Lyttelton, 1962, Softback. 55 pages. SECONDHAND
A centenary history of the Lyttelton Main School. Includes staff lists, rolls and photographs.
The Lyttelton Main School Centennial Committee, Christchurch, 1975. Softback. 128 pages. SECONDHAND
Enlarged second edition of this history of the Lyttelton Main School, with extra material covering 1975-2000.
125th Jubilee Committee, Christchurch, 2000. Softback. 164 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of the main port of Canterbury and one of its oldest boroughs. It weaves the diverse themes of port and town into an interesting and well illustrated narrative, noting key events and explaining patterns of change across 150 years, including the port's links with the antarctic.
Canterbury University Press. Softback. 164 pages. SECONDHAND.
A very well illustrated account of the history of the port with the focus very firmly on the ships and the shipping that have used the wharves over 150 years. Scarce. THIS COPY has a name and address written to the inside front cover.
Saxon Print, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 80 pages. SECONDHAND
A very thorough and comprehensive history of the port and town, the jubilee publication of the Lyttelton Harbour Board. Includes material relating to the heroic age Antarctic expeditions. Fully illustrated.
Lyttelton Harbour Board, Christchurch, 1968. Hardback with dust jacket. 356 pages. SECONDHAND
A very thorough and comprehensive history of the port and town, the jubilee publication of the Lyttelton Harbour Board. Includes material relating to the heroic age Antarctic expeditions. Fully illustrated. THIS COPY is bound in blue leather with gold titleing to the spine, and presented in a cardboard box with decorative foil covering.Lyttelton Harbour Board, Christchurch, 1968. Full leather hardback with no dust jacket. 356 pages. SECONDHAND
Port to Plains celebrates the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Lyttelton Railway Tunnel, the largest single engineering project of colonial New Zealand. From the vote to build, to final completion, took 16 years; inspired Vogel’s railway construction programme and helped shape New Zealand.
Craigs Design and Print Ltd., Invercargill, 2017.Softback. 204 pages. NEW
Brings to life the trails and tribulations of the men and women housed in this South Island Gaol, the story of the famous and the infamous. The Gaol was demolished in the 1920s.
Millwood Press Ltd., Wellington, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 100 pages. SECONDHAND
A self published memoir by a maritime character from Lytellton, who spent a life at sea. Brasell gives his family history and much information on sailing and shipping about New Zealand. Illustrated with poor photocopy reproductions.
George Brasell, 2003. Softback. 208 pages. SECONDHAND
Centennial souvenir produced by the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade Committee. Has information on membership, chronological record of incidents and call outs, and accounts of notable fires. THIS COPY is a bit worn or soiled.
Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade, Christchruch, 1973. Softback. 40 pages. SECONDHAND
Living Springs is a Christian Youth Camp established in 1972 by two couples in Allandale, Lyttelton Harbour. This gives the history of Allandale, and of the youth camp.
The Davin Trust and Living Springs, Lyttelton, 2015. Hardback with no dust jacket as issued. 173 pages. NEW
Illustrated history of the Banks Peninsula church and of it's local Maori community. Includes list of parishioners in 1874.
Te Hapu o Ngati Wheke Publishing, Lyttelton, 2019. Softback. 49 pages. NEW
A well researched and detailed history of Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour, used as an immigrant quarantine station in the 19th century and also by all of the heroic age antarctic expeditions. First published in 1990, this is the fully revised second edition.
Quail Island Trust, Christchurch, 2006. Softback. 102 pages. NEW
The ecorestoration process on Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour, with a survey of the native plant life and the work of the Ecological Restoration Trust.
Otamahua / Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust, Christchurch, 2010. Softback. 130 pages. NEW
A memoir of a lifetime living and working in Governors Bay. Lachies family settled in the Bay in the early 1920s, and he served with 19th Battalion during WWII. He rcounts his own life as well as the district in general.
Lachie Griffen, Governors Bay, 2009. Softback. 208 pages. SECONDHAND
Celebrating 80 years of Cholmondeley Children's Home, 1925-2005. This Governors Bay home was gifted to Canterbury as a residential care home for disadvantaged children.
Cholmondeley Children's Home, Governors Bay, 2005. Softback. 256 pages. SECONDHAND
A new history of the head of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour. Covers Teddington, Allandale, Ōhinetahi, Governors Bay, Sandy Bay. Information on the early and more recent families and notables, the geography and nature reserves etc. This heavy book will incure additional postage costs to overseas destinations.
Philip King Publisher, for the Governors Bay Heritage Trust, Christchurch, 2016. Hardback with no dust jacket as issued. 348 pages. NEW
A Sort of Diary, from 1879, kept by Orton Bradley of Charteris Bay. Day to day life on Banks Peninsula in the early days. Good information on local inhabitants and the growing settlements nearby. Some early photographs.
Friends of the Diamond Harbour Library, Diamond Harbour, 2009. Softback. 80 pages. SECONDHAND
Full of anecdotes and interesting asides, this is a faithful record of community life within a sound historical framework. Includes local genealogical information and many interesting photographs.
Diamond Harbour Community Association, 1993. Softback. 190 pages. SECONDHAND
A history and account of Purau Bay on the south side of Lyttelton Harbour, Banks Penninsula, from the days of early Maori settlement until the 1960s.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1970. Hardback with dust-jacket, illustrated, 99 pages. SECONDHAND
Memoirs of a lifetime including periods in Cheviot, Double Bay, Mount Whitnow station, and Christchurch. 'Mabby' was born in 1909 and has managed farms as well as becoming an accomplished porcelain painter. She mentions some notable Cantabrians.
Yetseryears Publishers, Christchurch, 1996. Hardback with dust jacket. 300 pages. SECONDHAND
A well written history of the first hundred years of the county, the land, the lake and the people. Illustrated. Scarce.
Ellesmere County Council, Christchurch, 1965. Hardback with dust jacket. 221 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the area south of Christchurch incorporated in the Ellesmere County from the earliest days of Maori occupation onwards. Includes Lincoln, Springston, Greepark, Lake Ellesmere, Irwell, Brookside, Doyleston, Lakeside, Taumutu, Southbridge, Leeston, Killinchy, Dunsandel, Haldon and Te Pirita. Companion to the two previous local history titles by the same author.
Penny Ash Publications, Christchurch, 1979. Hardback with dust jacket. 262 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of Ellesmere and district covering Maori settlement, European settlement, local government, education, transport, agriculture and industry. The result of many years research by the late George Singleton. Illustrations and maps. First published in 2007 this is the second edition.
Selwyn District Council, Rolleston, 2008. Softback. 498 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of an Ellesmere farm, originally starting from land purchased by John Boag in 1863. This family history includes information on early farming practice and implements, and the Clydesdale Stud. Selwyn district history and Boag family information.
Privately published, Dunedin, 1969. Softback. 160 pages. SECONDHAND
History of the Veterinary Club including membership, reports and accounts, staff, building plans, presidents and executives.
Springs Ellesmere Veterinary Club (Inc.), Canterbury, 2003. Softback. 123 pages. SECONDHAND
The highs and lows of the Ellesmere Brass Band 1902-2002. Reformed from the Leeston Brass Band, this is a chronological history with many photographs.
A J Batt, Christchurch, 2006. Softback. 146 pages. SECONDHAND
The Centennial Book of Springstone School (1868-1968) and the Next Twenty-five years (1968-1993). Background on the district and full details of the school.
The Springston School Jubilee Committee, 1993. Softback. 69 + 191 pages. SECONDHAND
A pictorial history of Banks Peninsula, sketches, paintings and early maps and charts, of the period 1838 to 1850. Large book with tipped in colour plates and in a cloth covered Solander box. A limited edition of only 500 copies. Lovely condition.
A.H. and A.W. Reed Ltd., Wellington, 1981. Hardback, leather spine, in box. 103 pages. SECONDHAND
A detailed and careful topographical history of the peninsula by a very well known local historian. Full index and notes. A Canterbury history classic. Folding map to rear. THIS COPY very tidy.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1927. Hardback, no dust jacket. 238 pages. SECONDHAND
A classic Canterbury book by a scholarly and learned local historian, this book is a 'topographical history' and details the origins of hundreds of place-names. First published in 1927, this is a facsimile reprint.
Capper Press, Christchurch, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 238 pages with folding map at rear. SECONDHAND
A classic Canterbury book by a scholarly and learned local historian, this book is a 'topographical history' and details the origins of hundreds of place-names. First published in 1927, this is a facsimile reprint with a completely new index.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 332 pages, new index. NEW
In-depth and newly researched information on the named locations on the Peninsula. Maori and Pakeha settlements and the history of their development. The last book by one of the best known and well thought of local historians. Illustrations.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2017. Softback. 320 pages. NEW
A memoir of early days on Banks Peninsula, particularly Pigeon Bay, based on family research by the grand-daughter of Ebenezer and Agnes Hay. First printed 1930.
John Lane The Bodley Head, London, 1930. Hardback with no dust jacket. 304 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of short literary pieces on Banks Peninsula, mainly by local or resident authors. The authors range from early to late 20th century.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2008. Softback. 223 pages. SECONDHAND
Gordon Ogilvie combines 250 early photographs, paintings and drawings which picture the history of Banks Peninsula.
Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1992. Softcovers, illustrated. 151 pages. SECONDHAND
History of the people of this eastern Banks Peninsula settlement, from the earliest Pakeha settlement to the present. Known to Maori as Otepatotu, there is also information on nearby Okains Bay, and much genealogical material of former residents.
Paul deLatour, 2019. Softback. 236 pages. NEW
This history of Le Bons Bay in Akaroa is based on local research and interviews with long time residents. There are numerous photographs of the settlement from the early days to recent times. This is the sixth edition.
Gary Brittenden, Akaroa, 2019. Softback. 168 pages. NEW
A local history classic, Buick tells the story of the first town in Canterbury, a settlement established by 63 French and German colonists. A substantial account of events that are unique in New Zealand history. First published in 1928 this is a facsimile reprint.
Capper Press, Christchurch, 1980. Hardback with dust jacket. 420 pages, folding map to rear. SECONDHAND
The story of the French colonising venture at Akaroa on Banks Peninsula and early whaling activities. A history of the first settlement in Canterbury. Slight wear to boards, very good.
Akaroa Mail Co. Ltd., Akaroa, 1940. Hardback, no dustjacket. 396 pages. SECONDHAND
Akaroa is unique in New Zealand history and has atmosphere, charm and character. Some of this history and charm is illustrated here in text and 64 pen and wash drawings by the artist Gwenda Turner. First Edition.
John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1977. Hardback with dust jacket. 95 pages. SECONDHAND
How a small community rescued an important piece of their history, the lighthouse built in 1880. In 1980 it was moved to a new location in Akaroa Township.
Akaroa Lighthouse Preservation Society Inc., 2019. Softback. 114 pages. NEW
The story of the first sawmill in Canterbury, at Robinsons Bay, Akaroa, and the families associated with it. References to Pavitts' Mill, Pavitt and Hughes, Saxton and Williams Mill.
Te Waihora Press, Lincoln, 1991. Softback. 43 pages. SECONDHAND
Frank Worsley was born in Akaroa and grew up in Christchurch. He went to the antarctic with Earnest Shackleton in 1914. After their ship the Endurance was crushed by ice they were marooned on Elephant Island. Worsley was with Shackleton and three others in the lifeboat James Caird that sailed 800 miles across the southern ocean to South Georgia where a rescue for the rest of the expedition could be organised. The most outstanding small boat journey in Antarctic history.
Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1998. Softback. 208 pages. SECONDHAND
A compact and clearly written account of the place and its people, illustrated with historic pictures and maps and diagrams. First published in 1955 this is the third edition.
Whitcoulls Ltd., Christchurch, 1974. Hardback with dust jacket. 167 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of the great siege and destruction of the Ngai Tahu pa at Kaiapoi by the forces of Te Rauparaha in 1832. First published in 1893, this is a facsimile edition with a new foreword.
Wilson Bros., Rangiora, 1990. Softback. 94 pages. NEW
The Stirring Times of Te Rauparaha by Travers and The Sacking of Kaiapohia by Stack, published together in one volume here. The first title gives a history of Te Rauparaha, the second an account of his raid on Akaroa and Kaiapoi.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1906. Hardback with no dust jacket. 246 pages. SECONDHAND
An account of the celebrated and infamous Ngati Toa leader and his struggle with Ngai Tahu in the South Island. First published in 1872 this is a facsimile of the 1906 edition published together with Stack's account of the sacking of the great Ngai Tahu pa at Kaiapoi.Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2017. Softback. 246 pages. NEW
An interesting history of a place dominated earlier by Maori settlements and then early European rural development, which later became an industrial town. Illustrated.
Waimakariri District Council, Rangiora, 1993. Hardback with dust jacket. 440 pages. SECONDHAND
History of the Presbyterians and Wesleyans in Kaiapoi North Canterbury.
Kaiapoi Co-operating Parish, 2004. Softback. 97 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of Kaiapoi Port from colonial times, when the Waimakariri / Courtney River flowed both sides of Kaiapoi, until the present.
Kaiapoi Maritime Heritgae Trust/ Caxton Press, Christchurch, 2017. Softback. 168 pages. NEW
History of the Kaiapoi Borough Council and the development of the town's amenities and utilities.
Kaiapoi Borough Council, Kaiapoi, 1968. Softback. 79 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of the Kaiapoi Golf Club 1907-2007. Information on the club, membership and fixtures.
Kaiapoi Golf Club, 2007. Softback. 148 pages. SECONDHAND
Published by the Belfast School Centennial Committee. Contains many reminsicences by former pupils and teachers, photographs etc.
Belfast School Centennial Committee, Christchurch, 1978. Softback. 120 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive and well illustrated history of the Canterbury market town and district of Rangiora.
Rangiora Borough Council, 1983. Hardback with dust jacket. 479 pages. SECONDHAND
Discusses the early private and Church schools in Canterbury then gives a history of the Borough School and its staff and pupils.
Wilson Bros for Rangoira Borough School Centennial Committe, 1972. Softback. 100 pages. SECONDHAND
The second 25 years of this Rangiora school, published for the 50th anniversary Jubilee. Consists mainly of colour photographs of staff and pupils.
Ashgrove School, Rangiora, 2017. Softback. 76 pages. SECONDHAND
A record of the Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade's formation and activities.Photographs and information on members, machinery, notable fires and premises.
Rangiora Volunteer Fire Brigade, Rangiora, 1985. Softback. 48 pages. SECONDHAND
The Order of St John in Rangiora from 1912. Includes North Canterbury Sub District and the Amberley Division. Ambulance and rescue units. Appendices include membership lists and office holders.
A history of the organs present in Canterbury during the period. Gives records of the organs in print and church archives as well as photos where possible. Technical details of the organ and the manufacturer etc. Number Six in the Canterbury Series of Bibliographies, Catalogues and Source Documents in Music.
School of Music University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 1992. Softback. 444 pages. SECONDHAND
History of radio and television broadcasting in Christchurch, cleebrating 3YA, 3ZBCTV and other stations.
Christchurch Broadcastin Reunion Committee, Christchurch, 1997. Softback. 61 pages. SECONDHAND
A celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association and Show. A good look at agricultural development in Canterbury. Well illustrated.
Canterbury A&P Association, Christchurch, 2012. Hardback with dust jacket. 224 pages. SECONDHAND
Republication of Seniores Priores First and Foremost the History of Canterbury Rowing Club (1986) with new additional material covering the period 1986-2011.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2019. Softback. 340 pages. NEW
Offers fascinating glimpses of pioneer life in the infant Canterbury Settlement of Lyttelton and Christchurch where 'wild pigs abound' in the sand hills of Brighton. THIS COPY has some wear and tear to the folding plates and covers.Capper Press, Christchurch, 1853. Hardback with dust jacket. 92 pages with addendum containing 4 folding plates. SECONDHAND
A Jubilee history of Papanui High School 1936-1986. Well illustrated.
Papanui High School Old Students' Association, Christchurch, 1986. Softback. 158 pages. SECONDHAND
A very readable and interesting story of the Church of England in Canterbury, and indeed of the Province itself.
Centennial Committee of the Dioceses of Christchurch, Christchurch, 1951. Hardback with dust jacket. 203 pages. SECONDHAND
A deep local study of the areas to the south and west of Christchurch, namely those now identified as Riccarton, Waimairi, and Paparua. Living in the area for over fifty years, the author connects this local history with the wider context of the nation, and even the world.
Penney Ash Publications, Christchurch, 1977. Hardback with dust jacket. 239 pages. SECONDHAND