• The Apothecaries Hall

    In 1859, on the Southwestern corner of Colombo and Armagh Streets, a handsome, new two story wooden structure was built for Drs. Hilson and Turnbull. Designed by Thomas Tomes, the two doctors had wanted a bigger facility to replace their current quarters in Cashel Street which would not only house consultation & surgery rooms but …

  • Wellington Ties

    In the four years of my study about Canterbury’s history, I have never come across so many historic ties such as that of which Christchurch has with Wellington – through our people at least! So much so, that our last two trips to Wellington had us Bulovics running from pillar to post – tracking down …

  • Kerrs Reach

    Between Avonside Drive and Lockley Ave lays a certain part of the Avon known as ‘Kerrs Reach’.  The moment you see it, you can tell it’s man made as the Reach is wide, straight and now the home to a few of the rowing clubs of Christchurch. But the Reach did not begin in this …

  • Victoria Square’s Horse Ramp

    It’s a very well known feature of Victoria Square but do many people actually know what is was for and how old it is?  As a teenager and before my historian gene really exploded, I just presumed it was for boats to be launched into the Avon. It is really hard to imagine this today …

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