Canterbury College

Learning by Design: Building Canterbury College in the City 1873-1973. An illustrated history based on the Armson Collins Architectural Drawings Collection


Frontis piece from Architectural Perspective by F.O. Ferguson, 1891. This text was originally in the collection of the School of Engineering.

A wide variety of sources were consulted in the creation of this exhibition. Virtually all of them may be found in the University of Canterbury Library collections. Citations for all sources quoted in the exhibition may be viewed in the full text of Learning by Design (921KB).

Three of the most useful texts to consult regarding a general history of Canterbury College and the town site buildings are:

A history of the University of Canterbury, 1873-1973
by Gardner, W. J., Beardsley, E. T., Carter, T. E., Phillips, Neville Crompton, 1916- ed.
Christchurch, N.Z., University of Canterbury, 1973 
Call number:  LG 741 .C25 .G228

The Arts Centre of Christchurch: then and now
by Strange, Glyn
Christchurch, N.Z.: Clerestory Press, 1994
Call number:  LG 741 .C25 .S897

Players, protesters and politicians: a history of the University of Canterbury Students' Association
by Sharfe, Jean, University of Canterbury. Students' Association.
Christchurch, N.Z.: Clerestory Press, 1995
Call number: LG 741 .C27 .S531

For more information on the Armson Collins firm, you might like to consult the following books:

A Century of Architecture: Collins and Son
by Collins and Son
Christchurch, NZ: Caxton Press, 1965
Call number: NA 1608 .C7 .C713

W.B. Armson: a colonial architect rediscovered
by Robert McDougall Art Gallery
Christchurch, NZ: 1983
Call number: NA 1608 .A68 .W0359

For a full list of the books and unpublished material consulted during the creation of this exhibition, please download the References (PDF, 389 KB).

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