Heritage

Image collection: Christchurch at work

This is a sample of photographs relating to work. You can search our catalogue for more, or browse our digital collections.

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A Kitson steam tram runs past the Government Buildings in Cathedral Square with tramways workers on board [1927]
A Kitson steam tram runs past the Government Buildings in Cathedral Square with tramways workers on board [1927]
A tram conductor changes the points of the tram rails with a point bar [1927]
A tram conductor changes the points of the tram rails with a point bar [1927]
New Zealand wants domestic servants [ca. 1913]
New Zealand wants domestic servants [ca. 1913]
A maid of all work [1908]
A maid of all work [1908]
Striking slaughtermen outside the Supreme Court, Christchurch
[1907]
Striking slaughtermen outside the Supreme Court, Christchurch [1907]
The Post Office tower is dwarfed in this view, taken from the top of the Government Life Insurance building in the Square [Mar. 1963]
The Post Office tower is dwarfed in this view, taken from the top of the Government Life Insurance building in the Square [Mar. 1963]
Canterbury Public Library staff outside the new library building on the corner of Gloucester Street and Oxford Terrace [1982]
Canterbury Public Library staff outside the new library building on the corner of Gloucester Street and Oxford Terrace [1982]
During the war, girls were engaged on a wide range of jobs [between 1940 and 1945]
During the war, girls were engaged on a wide range of jobs [between 1940 and 1945]
The interior of a clothing factory
[1909]
The interior of a clothing factory [1909]
Woman serving expresso coffee at Fails Cafe, 82 Cashel Street, near the Bridge of Remembrance
[ca. 1955]
Woman serving expresso coffee at Fails Cafe, 82 Cashel Street, near the Bridge of Remembrance [ca. 1955]
Male and female cabin crew of TEAL standing at the corner of Colombo and Armagh Streets [ca. 1960]
Male and female cabin crew of TEAL standing at the corner of Colombo and Armagh Streets [ca. 1960]

Reapers and binders at work. Reapers and binders at work.
Men about to go to work on the Otira end of the Arthur's Pass Tunnel
[1913]
Men about to go to work on the Otira end of the Arthur’s Pass Tunnel [1913]
Unemployed men gather outside the Labour Bureau, Christchurch
[1914]
Unemployed men gather outside the Labour Bureau, Christchurch [1914]
Staff outside W. Congreve's ironmongery and hardware store, 129 & 131 Colombo Street, Christchurch
[ca. 1894]
Staff outside W. Congreve’s ironmongery and hardware store, 129 & 131 Colombo Street, Christchurch [ca. 1894]

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Commerce Science and Technology Desk Central Library Technicians at work in the service department of the television section at Philips Electrical Industries Ltd. Anderson’s Engineering Training for domestic service, Burnham School Roadmen building the Summit Road : the view looking towards Kennedy Bush. Haymaking at 158 Hoon Hay Working on the Isaac Theatre Royal Wongi's art work - Smile for Christchurch