I’m no student of history, but I’m very pleased that the National Library Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa have been adding photos from their collection to Flickr.
As I work my way through my RSS feeds each day I sometimes come upon a little treasure trove of old photos, like this one that depicts cyclists outside Canterbury College, Christchurch, ca 1880.
The photo linked above that sparked this post is copyrighted, so I can’t include it here, darn it. [Update: thanks to Courtney’s comment below I’ve now added the thumbnail — see the credit below.] I have however found these two images depicting buildings that are now part of the Arts Centre in Christchurch. Until 1974 though they formed the heart of Canterbury University where I studied. I attended lectures and tutorials in some of the buildings shown here.
I was one of the lucky last students who narrowly escaped studying at the new campus in Ilam.
While I’m unlikely to ever have fame thrust upon me, some very notable people studied and worked in those buildings too, including Rita Angus – Painter, Margaret Mahy – children’s author, Lord Ernest Rutherford – Nuclear physicist, and Beatrice Tinsley – Astronomer.
[Image credit: Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library. Reference number: PA1-q-094-106. Via Photos from National Library of New Zealand.]