• The Dux De Lux

    The building that houses the Dux de Lux – pre earthquakes – has always been the gem of Montreal Street; I’m sure since it was built in 1883. It takes a lot to stand out amongst the grandeur of the neighbouring Arts Centre. For its architect – Francis William Petre – this domestic project was …

  • Orana Wildlife Park

    This year, 2014, Orana Wildlife Park – a place very dear to my heart – turns 38 years old. New Zealand’s only Open Range Wildlife Park, an icon of Christchurch and much loved by New Zealanders all over. The dream began as far back as 1970. Neville Jemmett approached the Christchurch City Council about building …

  • The Press – since 25/5/1861

    Nihil stile quod non honestum – Nothing is useful that is not honest – The Press – www.press.co.nz motto.So true. The Press are onto something!I was completely ecstatic to see this in the foyer of the new Press Building on Gloucester Street.This pillar displays the very first edition of The Press, dated 25th May 1861. …

  • The Edmonds

    Thomas John Edmonds was born in Poplar, London in the year 1858. As a young man he worked for a several different confectioneries where he learnt the mixing of different kinds of cooking powders. It was here that Thomas began to get ideas about making his own baking powder. In 1879, Thomas married Jane Irvine …

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