Canterbury Heritage Journal

The Canterbury Heritage Journal is the only public forum devoted exclusively to the Humanities and Social Sciences of the province.

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.

Please contact the Editor by email for all inquiries.

Virtual Archaeology

The Canterbury Heritage archive currently include more than eleven thousand hard-copy publications and an extensive information system of more than 22,000 digitised documents.

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 probable 1849 dwelling of the founder of the Canterbury settlement.

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.

The extant 1864 shop of William Hislop, Nurseryman & Seedsman.

Recent Publications

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.

Residential and Commercial Directory of the Township of Lyttelton, 1865

A revised Index to the 1903 Canterbury Cyclopedia

AnIndex to online databases of New Zealand Cemeteries

An Index to the magazines of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.