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My NZGenWeb project has been enhanced by the offerings of Peter ARMSTRONG who has become a proud owner of an 1896 book which is a photographic portrayal of Christchurch's architecture and other landscapes around New Zealand. Here presented are some of those.
WARNING, these 6 pictures are LARGE, so will take several minutes to download. I'll try make this as friendly as I can {BEP}.These are untouched as scanned from the book and now preserved on his CD.
At Peter's site, we can read
"FATE has brought my way via a market stall in Sherborne, Dorset, UK a book called
"GLIMPSES OF NEW ZEALAND" Published by Glimpses of New Zealand Publishing Co. Ltd. in 1896."
114. Christchurch Hospital
The five public wards have beds for 100 patients, and there are three private wards. A new wing in brick and stone, costing 10,000 is approaching completion, and will afford room for an additional forty-five beds. The nurses' home, a fine brick building recently opened, cost 5,000.
115. Provincial Government Buildings, Christchurch
Showing the Durham Street frontage, and part of the frontage to Armagh Street. These buildings are at once seen from their want of any unity of design, to belong to different periods. The portions constructed of wood date back to 1859, and are now used chiefly by the local staff of the Lands Department. The building at the extreme right of the view, known as the Provincial Council Chamber, was opened in 1865, and used by the Provincial Government until the abolition of provincial government in 1876. It is, though small, the most sumptuously finished chamber in New Zealand, having cost 22,000. In recent years it has been very little used, though it has received more prominence of late as the scene of the deliberations of the National Council of Women (N.Z.) in the first two annual conventions of that institution.
116. The Normal School, Christchurch
These buildings occupy a frontage of 252 feet t Montreal Street, and 244 feet to Kilmore Street. They were originally opened in 1876 , with the exception of a subsequent addition which cost 4,000, the total cost being 14,000. In addition to the rooms occupied by the North Canterbury Board of Education there are twenty-five rooms in the school. There are over a thousand scholars on the roll; and in the training department there are usually about thirty-five students who receive a year's training as teachers, concluding with a short term in the Model School included in the establishment. There are also a large and well equipped gymnasium, and a workshop started under the Manual and Technical Instruction Act of 1895 where joinery classes are conducted under a competent instructor and are attended by scholars and teachers from various schools in the North Canterbury District
165. More Glimpses of Christchurch
1. City Council Chamber:- side view. - 2. The Christchurch Club. - 3. Railway station. - 4. Supreme Court and Salvation Army Barracks: The River Avon in the foreground. - 5. View in the Acclimatisation Society's grounds. - 6. Provincial Council Chamber: back view. - 7. Boat-shed of the Canterbury Rowing Club. - 8. Nurses' Home in the hospital grounds.
88. City Council Chambers, Christchurch
This attractive building, of original design, occupies a pleasant site on the eastern bank of the River Avon, at the intersection of Worcester and Durham Streets. The is a picturesqueness about the structure which strikes the visitor very favourably, the style affording an agreeable relief from the heavy dignity usually regarded as the proper thing for public buildings. The site was formerly occupied by the first public buildings erected in the city. The Council Chambers were opened in 1887, and cost 5,000.
60. Christchurch Cathedral (Anglican)
From designs by Sir Gilbert Scott, R.A., and said to be a copy of the Caen Cathedral in France. The foundation stone was laid by Bishop Harper in 1864. The work was totally suspended for many years, but was proceeded with in 1873; the building as it now stands, with the exception of the western porch recently added, being consecrated in 1881. Only the nave, aisles, tower and spire are as yet complete, though the foundations of the choir and transepts are laid. The tower and spire (210 feet), with a peal of ten bells, were the gift of the Rhodes family. During an earthquake in 1887 the top of the spire (about 26 feet) was thrown down, but was replaced soon after. The baptismal font was presented by the late Dean Stanley of Westminster, in memory of his brother, Captain Owen Stanley, of H.M.S. Britomart, by whose patriotism and promptitude the South Island of New Zealand was secured to Great Britain in 1840. The stone pulpit is a memorial to Bishop Selwyn, the carved panels, illustrating scenes in his career, being very beautiful.

Also from Peter ARMSTRONG we have a link to an extremely good site describing KAIAPOHIA in relation to his ACKER family. Peter has brought out the history of the Pa rather well, complete with maps and photos.Well worth a visit, even for those with only a passing interest in era of 1830's Canterbury. {BEP}


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