Christchurch Daily Photo

A photo a day of Christchurch New Zealand

Lunchtime New Regent Street

September 12, 2007

This is New Regent street in central Christchurch – it’s very quaint with colourful buildings and great little boutique shops (a must see if you come to Christchurch). The tram does a short loop around the CBD. I’d never really noticed how close the tables are to the tram tracks!

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Tribute to Firefighters

September 11, 2007

Girders from the collapsed World Trade Center were gifted to New Zealand and used in this memorial sculpture. The sculpture is by Graham Bennett and was unveiled in 2002, as part of the opening of the Firefighters Reserve located by the Avon River on the corner of Kilmore and Madras Streets.

The memorial is dedicated to all firefighters who have died in the course of duty.

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‘Industry’ and ‘Concord’ Terracotta Sculptures

September 10, 2007

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The Industry and Concord figures were built into the alcoves of the old Council Municipal Chambers on the corner Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Terrace. They were created by George Frampton, and were bought by the city council for £20 back in 1882. The two figures represent ‘harmony in the affairs of state and the virtues of utilitarian enterprise’. For more information about the building and its current use (exhibitions) see http://www.ccc.govt.nz/ourcity/

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I have to admit that I’ve walked past this building probably hundreds if not thousands of times and have never noticed these figures before (they are set quite high on the building). Thankfully this photo blog is opening my eyes to my own city, how great is that!

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The Kate Sheppard Memorial, Oxford Terrace

September 9, 2007

New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the right to vote with The Electoral Act being passed in 1893. This Christchurch monument depicts life size figures of leading suffragette Kate Sheppard and other important members of the New Zealand suffrage movement. Kate Shepphard organised petitions to New Zealand’s Parliament asking for the right to vote for women and persuaded Sir John Hall, a leading member of Parliament, to support them.

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Groom and Groomsmen

September 8, 2007

My friend’s wedding in Christchurch. The groom (holding the red flowers) and groom’s men were left holding the floral bouquets after the bride and bridesmaids made a dash for the ‘ladies’ straight after the service!

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