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Christchurch Changing: An illustrated history (Second edition)

20 November 2023

By Geoffrey W. Rice


1999, revised 2008
192pp, paperback
286 x 210mm, colour & B&W photos & illustrations throughout
ISBN: 978-0-908812-53-0

This lively survey tells the story of a major New Zealand city, the capital of Canterbury province and the South Island's largest metropolitan centre.

Why was a city established in the middle of a swamp? 
What was it like to live in Christchurch during the 1850s, the 1870s or the 1940s?
What has changed, what has disappeared, and what has survived from the past?

Christchurch Changing: An illustrated history (Second edition)

This profusely illustrated book provides a fascinating examination of our past and will be appreciated by all with a sense of their heritage.

"Here is a first-rate history book that focuses on the evolution of Christchurch as a city... Christchurch Changing is suited to a wide range of readers. For the young it is an excellent introduction to the city in which they live, whereas the over-25s will exclaim: I remember that!" - Christchurch Press

"... spellbinding photographic history of Christchurch's first 150 years, coinciding nicely with the arrival of the new millennium... Easy to read, amusing and informing, the book is constructed in chapters of logical time sequence." The Marlborough Express

Geoff Rice has recently retired as Professor of History at the University of Canterbury. His main fields of academic research included the social history of medicine and eighteenth-century British foreign policy. Black November, his account of the 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand, was shortlisted for the History section of the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and his two-volume biography of the Fourth Earl of Rochford (1717–81), British diplomat and statesman, was published in 2010. He has also published the illustrated histories Christchurch ChangingLyttelton: Port and Town and All Fall Down: Christchurch's lost chimneys with Canterbury University Press.

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