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Welcome to the Christchurch Subject Guide

This guide provides an introduction to some of the resources we have on a small selection of topics on Christchurch history. Contact us for more details and for resources on other topics.

Click on the tab for each subject to see the range of topics we have within each.
For information on the many different types of resources we have- art, achives, books, journals, newspapers, ephemera, maps and more, click on the  How To Find tab.

A number of the works noted in this subject guide have been digitised are can be found at this site here. - Historical Christchurch


These books all provide a good introduction to Christchurch and cover many of the topics in this guide.

More can be found on the library's catalogue under Christchurch (N.Z.) -- History.

In addition the online resource Contextual Historical Overview for Christchurch City produced for the City Council provides an overview of the "heritage values and items" of Christchurch.