Past Caring is a virtual exhibition: it has no existence beyond the images and and text on these website pages. Although Archives New Zealand Christchurch Office has held many physical exhibitions at its site in Peterborough Street Christchurch, this is the first purely 'digital' display of our records.
The first settlers to Christchurch, cresting the top of the Bridle Path, looked out across undulating, swampy land, riddled with creeks and streams. 150 years later, Christchurch is a sprawling, modern city that reaches further than the early settlers could have imagined. The images in this exhibition document some of the steps these early Christchurch residents took in rendering the swamp into the city. The Fabric of Christchurch 1850 - 1880 is our second virtual exhibition.
The Digital Schools project has been born of a desire to see more students use and understand archives, and to make the many and varied resources held at Archives New Zealand's Christchurch Office accessible in the classroom, lecture theatre, and the student's home.
Hagley Park, named after the country seat of Lord Lyttelton, Chairman of the Canterbury Association, was set aside as a reserve forming the western boundary of Christchurch before the town was even inhabited.