A history of Canterbury based around historic photographs from the earliest days upto the 2011 earthquakes, with an epilogue discussing this and other natural disatsers in the region.
David Bateman, Auckland, 2012. Hardback with dust jacket. 160 pages. SECONDHAND
The Second Series of this reference book about pastoral settlement, station life and pioneer sheep farms. Covers between the Rakaia and Rangitata.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1940. Hardback with no dust jacket. 70 pages. SECONDHAND
The standard reference book on early pastoral settlement, station life and pioneer high country sheep farming in the Province of Canterbury. 4th edition extensively revised by W.H. Scotter.
Whitcoulls Publishers Ltd, Christchurch, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 417 Pages. SECONDHAND
First hand accounts of the settlement and development of rural Canterbury, with hundreds of photographs and paintings to enrich the stories of the land and its peoples.
Daphne Brasell Associates Ltd., Wellington, 2001. Softback. 232 pages. SECONDHAND
A spirited and light hearted account of an early Canterbury runholder's hardships and successes. First edition. Rebacked with original spine laid on, new end papers. Illustrations and folding map.
Sampson Low, Marston, Low & Searle, London, 1874. Gilt embossed cloth boards. 234 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive illustrated history traces the development of piping and pipe bands in the otherwise very English province of Canterbury. Includes piper biographies.
Highland Piping Society of Canterbury Inc., Christchurch, 2010. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 204 pages. SECONDHAND
This is a classic of Canterbury literature that describes most of the high country stations as the author saw them in the course of a journey on horseback through the whole length of the Canterbury back country. One of the best Canterbury books.
A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1952. Hardback with dust jacket. 206 pages, 34 plates and 4 maps. SECONDHAND
The kingdom was two historic Canterbury sheep runs, Grasmere Station and the adjoining Cora Lynn, over 60,000 acres of high country in the Waimakariri basin.
Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, 1974. Hardback with dust jacket. 223 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of a pioneer Canterbury family in Port Levy, Teddington, Oxford and Leeston. They left Worcester and sailed on the Travancore to New Zealand in 1850.
Cooper Commemoration Committee, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 69 pages. SECONDHAND
An important record of local Maori history that is as interesting, exciting and adventurous as can be found in any part of New Zealand. Illustrations. Few chips to dust jacket. Former owner's book plate.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1949. Hardback with dust jacket. 103 pages, folding map to rear. SECONDHAND
An important record of local Maori history that is as interesting, exciting and adventurous as can be found in any part of New Zealand. Illustrations. First published in 1948, this is a facsmile edition with a completely new index.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2004. Softback. 135 pages. NEW
A comprehensive history of Kaikoura from the days of Te Rauparaha, whalers, farmers, pioneers, timber millers and fellers to the growth of roads, shipping and coach services. A good source for social and family historians alike. First published in 1966, this is a facsimle reprint.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 373 pages. NEW
A comprehensive history of Kaikoura from the days of Te Rauparaha, whalers, farmers, pioneers, timber millers and fellers to the growth of roads, shipping and coach services. A good source for social and family historians alike. The Capper Press facsimile reprint.Capper Press, (Christchurch). Hardback with dust-jacket. Illustrated. 373 Pages. SECONDHAND
An account of the rebuilding of KiwiRail's Main North Line which was severely damaged by the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. well illustrated with photographs throughout.
New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society Inc., Petone, 2018. Softback 133 pages. NEW
A history of the great north Canterbury pastoral district from the 1850s onwards. First published in 1956 this is the second edition with corrections and additions.
A history of the Amuri district from the earliest Maori times to the great sheep stations of the nineteenth century. Contains much anecdotal and family history.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1946. Hardback, no dust jacket. 133 pages, folding map to rear. SECONDHAND
The Apostle of the North being a brief memoir of the late Rev. W.R. Campell, first settled minister in the Amuri. Worn covers but intact and text fine.
Privately published, 1926. Softcovers. Illustrated. 33 Pages. SECONDHAND.
Recollections and observations on the North Canterbury Hurunui River, history, landscape and natural history, by a long time resident and local author. Illustrated.
Hurunui Press, Christchurch, 1993. Hardback with dust jacket. 102 pages. SECONDHAND
Recollections and observations on the North Canterbury Hurunui River, history, landscape and natural history, by a long time resident and local author. Illustrated. First published in 1993, this is a facsimile reprint with a new index.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 134 pages. NEW
This history of fifty years brings together, for the first time, the stories of Ashley, Kowai, Waipara, Amuri and Cheviot, which in 1989 formed the Hurunui District.
Hurunui District Council, Amberley, 2000. Hardback with dust jacket. 280 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of how an unexpectedly widowed Hurunui woman learned to farm, gained the trust of the farm workers and developed a successful brand of chemical free undyed natural yarns.
Random House, Auckland, 2015. Softback. 272 pages. SECONDHAND
Following an account of the Rutherfords, Audrey relates her life at Mendip Hills sheep station, where she went as a bride in 1924.
Audrey Steele/ Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1974. Softback. 67 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of the early settlers who established the farms and runs in the district and turned it into prosperous place of later times. Illustrated.
Waipara County Council, Cheviot, 1952. Hardback with dust jacket. 191 pages. SECONDHAND
Collected from records and oral histories, covers the period 1850-2000. Details of thwe original big runs, the Cheviot settlement, and individual shearers.
Rangiora Printing Service, 2004. Softback. 108 pages. SECONDHAND
Tells the story of Cheviot from the time of Maori occupation, through the years of the great runs and estates, and on to the period of family farms following the purchase and subdivision of Cheviot Hills by the Government in 1893. Illustrated. With separate footnotes.
Cheviot Historical Records Society Inc., 1993. Hardback with dust jacket. 328 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive account of the break up of the great estate of "Ready Money" Robinson and the story of the Cheviot settlers and where they came from. Illustrations.
Bridget Williams Books Ltd., Wellington, 1992. Softback. 247 pages. SECONDHAND
Beginning with a syndicate that bought land from James Banks and Murtagh Kennedy, subdivided on behalf of individuals, many of whom joined the Loburn Fruitgrowers Association. This is a history of the development of the settlement based on early orcharding. Details the purchasers of the original lots. A numbered limited edition.
The Spotted Shag Press, Christchurch, 1992. Spiral bound softback. 65 pages. SECONDHAND
Some recollections of O B Stanford, including some of his father. The family originated in Wai-iti, Waikari, North Canterbury, then moved to Christchurch. The account covers the first half of the 20th century. Privately printed, the book consists of some superfluous blank pages, but the pagination is complete.
Dunford Publications Ltd., Christchurch, 1962. Hardback with no dust jacket as issued(?). 47 pages. SECONDHAND
A book of writing about local history, the country and farming for the countryman and those who love the country. The setting is 'very North Canterbury', all the rural areas north of Waipara.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1954. Hardback with dust jacket. 139 pages. SECONDHAND
A social history of indoor bowling in North Canterbury 1950-2013. Third book in the series with lots of information on the district's social life as well as the bowls community. Biographies of many of the members.
Printing.com, Christchurch, 2013. Softback. 254 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive history of the river and its region from its source high in the Southern Alps to its mouth at Kaiapoi. A classic of Canterbury history, and one of the best local histories ever written. High quality first Edition.
Logan Print Ltd., Christchurch, 1987. Hardback with dust jacket. 188 pages. SECONDHAND
An account of the settlers in the area between the Waimakariri and Waipara rivers, North Canterbury. Full of photographs this is an engaging and very readable account. First published in 1957 this is a reprint in an edition of 1000 copies. As new condition.
Capper Press, Christchurch, reprint 1978. Hardback with dust jacket. 465 pages. SECONDHAND.
An account of the settlers in the area between the Waimakariri and Waipara rivers, North Canterbury. Full of photographs, this is an engaging and very readable account. First published in 1957, this edition is a facsimile reprint.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 465 pages. NEW
Studies on aspects of women's life in the Waimakariri District. Includes pieces on Maori women before colonisation, colonial women, suffrage, sports, politics, business and householding.
Waimakariri District Women's Suffrage Centennial Committee, Rangiora, 1993. Softback. 147 pages. SECONDHAND
An illustrated history of the settlement and district prepared for the centenary of the school. Scarce.
E.A. Jordan & Co., Christchurch, 1967. Softback. 71 pages. SECONDHAND
A masterpiece of early Canterbury history, a revealing description of life at Seadown Station in the Leithfield area, by a pioneer owner from the 1860s onwards. Illustrated. First published privately in 1896.
Whitcoulls Publishers, Christchurch, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 250 pages. SECONDHAND
An illustrated history of the rugged, beautiful and iconic station in the Upper Waimakariri, 150 kilometers west of Christchurch. First published in 2015, this is a reprint.
Mary Egan Publishing, Auckland, 2017. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 166 pages. NEW
A well illustrated history of Oxford with the place names and the people associated with them detailed, and the once magnificent forests described with excellent notes on the wildlife found there.
The Oxford Historical Committee, 1954. Hardback with dust jacket. 260 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of Oxford with the place names and people associated with them detailed, and the once magnificient forests described with excellent notes on the wildlife found there. First published in 1954 this is a facsimle reprint.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 291 pages. NEW
An illustrated history of Oxford and district that was written for the Diamond Jubilee of the Oxford schools by a local resident and school teacher. First published in 1932, this is a facsimile reprint edition with a new index.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2003. Softback. 140 pages. NEW
An illustrated history of the area from the earliest days compiled by a local historian for the West Melton School Centennial Committee.
West Melton School, Christchurch, 1971. Hardback with dust jacket. 88 pages. SECONDHAND
A chronicle of Darfield High School 1951-2000, also with the history of high schooling in the district before 1951. Staff and awards lists etc.
Darfield High School, 2001. Softback. 206 pages. SECONDHAND
Illustrated history of the settlement and development of the Canterbury farming district. Scarce. Wear to dust jacket, see scan.
Malvern County Council, Darfield, 1953. Hardback with dust jacket. 186 pages, folding map to rear. SECONDHAND
A history of the Selwyn Valley and the townships of Coalgate, Glentunnel and Whitecliffs (sometimes called South Malvern). An area of nineteenth century industry comprising coal mining and pottery, brick and pipe works.
Hilton Press, Christchurch, 1990. Card covers. 116 pages, illustrations. SECONDHAND
Tales of an Angus Studmaster. Autobiography by the founder of the Floridale Angus Stud at Kimberley near Darfield.
Robin Leech, 2008. Softback. 176 pages. SECONDHAND
A pictorial history of the township and surrounding district together with a series of historical sketches and the Leithfield burials register. Classic NZ local history with much to interest genealogists and local historians. First published in 1979, this is the revised and expanded edition.
Concord Press Ltd., Christchurch, 2007. Softback. 478 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive illustrated account of the community from Mt Algidus Station to the Rakaia Gorge, told by the people who have lived and worked in the Lake Coleridge Basin.
The Lake Coleridge Group, Timaru, 2005. Softback. 216 pages. SECONDHAND
An excellent illustrated local history of the people who have lived and worked at the Lake Coleridge power station, the village and the surrounding farmland.
Hazard Press Ltd., Christchurch, 2000. Softback. 382 pages. SECONDHAND
Describes the physical, financial and political history of the introduction of irrigation to the Ashburton district over the last 50 years.
Published by the Author, Ashburton, 2009. Softback. 124 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of the Glens of Tekoa, a Canterbury station owned by the same family for over 100 years. A limited edition of 400 copies for private circulation.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1963. Hardback with dust jacket. 109 pages. SECONDHAND.
The story of the Amuri high country station owned by the same family for 100 years. First published by the author in 1968 this is a facsimile reprint edition.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 138 pages. NEW
History of the town and district compiled for the Golden Jubilee celebrations. Includes local advertising. First published in 1933, this is a facsmile reprint.
F. W. Larcomb Ltd., Christchurch, 1980. Softback. 80 pages. SECONDHAND
An interesting and well illustrated centennial history of the spa town that includes details of the various early accommodation houses and the beginnings of town development.
Hanmer Springs Centennial Committee, 1983. Softback. 156 pges. SECONDHAND
Memories of a lifetime of sheep farming in the South Island, the author kept a diary and his narrative covers the period 1890-1940. Illustrated. Unusual.
Otago Daily Times and Whitness Newspapers Ltd., Dunedin, 1949. Hardback with dust jacket. 100 pages. SECONDHAND
An account of the author's lifetime association with horses in the high country of Amuri County of North Canterbury.
A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. 104 pages. SECONDHAND
A well illustrated folk history of the mid Canterbury town of Darfield by a long time local resident, completed and published after her death. Scarce.
Roger Knowles, Darfield, 1998. Softback. 176 pages. SECONDHAND
A personal memoir of a back country life first at Manuka Point in the Rakaia Valley and then at Lake Coleridge. Full of splendid stories of the Canterbury high country. Illustrated.
A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1970. Hardback with dust jacket. 173 pages. SECONDHAND
A very good illustrated history of the industry in mid-Canterbury written by a man who spent a lifetime at work in sawmilling.
Plain Words, Ashburton, 1996. Softback. 114 pages. SECONDHAND
Bounded by the Waimakariri and Rakaia and extending from Banks Peninsula to Arthurs Pass, the CCEPB was formed in 1963 by amalgamation. This work covers the period of the CCEPB but also the earlier history of electricity supply within the area including supply at Akaroa, the Lake Coleridge Power station, difficulties faced through the years, and the formation of Southpower.
Orion New Zealand Ltd. and Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1999. Hardback with dust jacket. 164 pages. SECONDHAND
A complete history of the Cass District in regards to geology, botany, flora and fauna. Overview of the farming of the region. Numerous contributors. Colour reproduction of The Cass Field Station 1936 by Rita Cooke. Numerous maps, charts and illustrations. Stapled foolscap sheets with fabric taped spine as issued. This copy signed by Burrows on the front cover.
Department of Botany, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 1977. Softback. 418 pages. SECONDHAND
Chronicles the turbulent development of the ski field, a narrative that is filled with events, incidents and personalities. A fine contribution to the history of Canterbury.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2002. Softback. 155 pages. SECONDHAND
A detailed account of the Ski club and the development of the field at Mt Cheeseman. Many photographs showing the facilities and personalities involved.
Willson Scott Publishing, Christchurch, 2004. Hardback with dust jacket. 295 pages. SECONDHAND
In 1863 John Henry Whitcombe and the Swiss guide Jakob Lauper made a pioneering and demanding thirteen day journey across the Southern Alps that ended with Whitcombe's death by drowning. This is Lauper's narrative reprinted from the Canterbury Provincial Gazette.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1960. Softback. 70 pages. SECONDHAND
Report of the expedition and death of Henry Whitcombe by Jakob Lauper. Here for the first time is an accurate translation of Lauper's dramatic eye witness account of the traverse of the main divide over the pass that now bears Whitcomb's name and the drowning of the explorer as he attempted to cross the flooded Taramakau River. Illustrations.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2010. Softback. 142 pages. NEW
The 1857-66 journal of Dr Matthew Morris, an early Canterbury shepherd, drover and doctor. Morris was a farming cadet in Canterbury and Otago, and worked at Acheron Bank and Rockwood station, as well as practicing medicine.
Friends of the Diamond Harbour Library, 2018. Softback. 312 pages. NEW
The history of the Castle Hill run together with the diaries of J.D. Enys and E.R. Chudleigh where they relate to Castle Hill. Addition material concerning the geology and natural history of the region, including the unique buttercup. As new condition.
Simpson and Williams Ltd., Christchurch, 1951. Hardback with dustjacket, as new condition. 58 pages. SECONDHAND
This is the first account of the pioneering Enys brothers who ran Castle Hill Station. It gives details of their Cornish ancestry and their associations with early Christchurch and Canterbury development, including their interests in natural history and the environment.
Wily Publications Ltd., Christchurch, 2017. Softback. 240 pages. NEW
Local history of the Kowhai Bush and Springfield area associated with the Midland Railway line to Arthurs Pass. Full of anecdotes and snippets of people and places since the earliest days. A private publication. This copy has the spine reinforced with tape.
Noel Gillespie, Christchurch, 1994. Softback. 145 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of Kowai Bush, near Springfield in Canterbury. This revised edition includes a history of the Springfield School and settlement. Details of life and society from the earliest days.
Noel Gillespie, Christchurch, 2009. Softback. 271 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the Malvern School District in Canterbury. From beginnings in a church building in 1873 to the Centenary. Includes school rolls of pupils and staff. Malvern, Russel's Flat, Annat, Sheffield, Waddington.
E A Jordan and Co., Christchurch, 1974. Softback. 174 pages. SECONDHAND
The life of Gwendolen Lucy Somerset born Gwendolen Alley. Rewi alley's sister recalls her life in Springfield as a child and in teaching as an adult at Oxford.
New Zealand Playcentre Federation, Auckland, 1988. Hardback with no dust jacket. 211 pages. SECONDHAND
Dobson's own account of his eventfull days in Canterbury from the pioneering days to the end of his life. The discovery and exploration of the pass that bears his name is well covered. The Second Edition.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1930. Hardback with dust jacket. 225 pages. SECONDHAND
An account of the life and labours of Dobson, pioneer explorer and engineer best known for Arthur's pass, now the main line of communication through the Southern Alps. First published in 1930, this is a facsimle reprint of the second edition.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2012. Softback. 220 pages. NEW
The First Fifty Years 1929-1979. A short history written for the Arthur's Pass National Park Board. Appendices show the membership of the Boards of Control and Ranger Staff.
Arthur's Pass National Park Board, Christchurch, 1979. Softback. 30 pages. SECONDHAND
The first handbook detailing the Park's history, tracks, climbing routes, place names, geology and botany. Published under the auspices of the National Park Board. First edition. Illustrations and advertisements.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1935. Hardback with dust jacket. 103 pages, folding map to rear. SECONDHAND
A guide to the history, geography, flora and fauna of Athur's Pass and the Otira Gorge. Published 1925. (Bagnall B400). Illustrated, 20 black and white photographs.
Whitcombe and Tombs. Softcovers. Illustrated. 68 Pages. SECONDHAND.
An illustrated history of the men who built and maintained the Midland Line in Canterbury and the women who lived in the railway houses. A great social history of the Midland Line.
Yuilleen White, Renwick, 1998. Softcovers. 125 pages. NEW
A history of Methodism in Canterbury, including Wesleyan Maori Mission,United Methodist Free Church etc.
Willis and Aiken Ltd., Christchurch, (1950). Softback. 70 pages. SECONDHAND
150 years of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce . The work and membership of this important association.
Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce / Star Books, Auckland, 2009. Softback. 264 pages. SECONDHAND
A Brief history of the Canterbury Rowing Association 1902-2002. THIS COPY signed by author.
Canterbury Rowing Association, Christchurch, 2002. Softback. 168 pages. SECONDHAND
A permanent record of Canterbury Rugby, 1983. Inlcudes many photographs as well as advertising material from sponsors.
South Island Sports Publications, Christchurch, 1983. Softback. 256 pages. SECONDHAND
History of the first century of the CRFU. Details prominent players and officials, with records and statistics.
Canterbury Rugby Football Union, Christchurch 1979. Softback. 144 pages. SECONDHAND
Sixty important Canterbury homes described and illustrated with drawings. A very good copy.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 2000. Softback. 120 pages. SECONDHAND
A study of Ivey Hall of Lincoln College, the buildings, grounds, and history, with pen and wash illustrations. Foolscap in stapled covers.
Lincoln College Press, Lincoln, 1977. Softback. 51 pages. SECONDHAND
One to learn it- one to live it. The memoirs of Morrie Woodham, mainly relating to his family and life in Canterbury, both rural and urban.
Morrie Woodham, (2011). Softback. 246 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the Girl Peace Scouts and Girl Guides of Canterbury Province from 1908.
No publisher or date, c. 1990. Softback. 124 pages. SECONDHAND
The life and times of Henry and Jane Holland, Canterbury, New Zealand, 1863-1945. A study of the Holland and Eastwood families, and the social history of early Canterbury.
Fraser Books. Masterton, 2016. Softback. 489 pages. NEW
Currently situated in Darfield, this family run pottery focuses on clay bricks. In the past they produced assorted pottery works. Information on people and places associated with the firm.
Hilton Press, Templeton, 2017. Softback. 106 pages. NEW
Queensland Harry was an aboriginal stockman and circus performer who spent most of his life in New Zealand. He lived for a time in Waimate and Methven. This collects various stories about his exploits.
John Foley, 2008. Softback. 152 pages. SECONDHAND