Enjoyed by nearly 4,000 readers each month, the journal also offers new perspectives on and insights into the past, through podcasts and stories that may be well known, or may have been ignored, or erased from the public record.
The Editor's interest in local publishing began in 1955 as the most junior staff member of New Zealand's oldest suburban newspaper.
But what is probably the most significant contribution to the historical record is a four dimensional virtual model of the city of Christchurch from 1849 to date.
The basis of the model is a collection of more than nine thousand digitised views of the city. These restored and geo-tagged images include photographs, map and works of art, etc.
Approximately thirteen hundred photographs are added each year, thereby affording increasing accuracy to the model.
Accordingly, Canterbury Heritage is a recognised authority on the identification of historic images of the province. As such it regularly provides assistance to a wide range of museums, libraries and galleries throughout Australasia.
This service is also available, without expense, to private individuals. Please contact the Editor if you have photographs, etc. requiring identification.
Recent Research Findings
The 1849 site of Christchurch's first European settlement.
The 1851 Armagh Street East site of Christchurch's first house.
Christchurch's oldest house: Englefield Lodge of 1852.
Built in the early 1850s and subsequently the studio of an internationally renowned photographer, the extant building survives in the City Mall.
The extant 1856 Union Bank building in Cashel Street West.
The extant 1857 Cookham House building in Colombo Street North.
An 1860 Christchurch 360° panoramic photograph.
The extant 1863 Foley House in Hereford Street East.
The extant 1864 Congregational Chapel in Manchester Street.
Alfred Selwyn Bruce's 1932 book The Early Days Of Canterbury
Howard Charles Jacobson's 1884 book Tales of Banks Peninsula
The Memoir of Edward Jollie, surveyor, explorer, pastoralist and politician.
Robert Wait's 7,422 word 1856 Letter to Joseph Thomas, Canterbury Association Surveyor.
A revised Index to the 1903 Canterbury Cyclopedia