Do you know who they are? Public’s help needed to identify people in historic Chch photos

Christchurch City Libraries wants help identifying people in historic photos from The Star,...
Christchurch City Libraries wants help identifying people in historic photos from The Star, including this one of two Riccarton Kindergarten pupils and Aristotle the Axolotl from 1971. ​Photo: The Star
A photo featured in The Star 50 years ago shows two Riccarton Kindergarten pupils staring inquisitively at Aristotle the Axolotl.

It is not known who the children are and Christchurch City Libraries wants the public’s help to find out.

Said the Christchurch City Libraries’ website: “50 years ago in March, the Christchurch Star newspaper photographed a couple of children from Riccarton Kindergarten admiring Aristotle the Axolotl.

“While we know the name of the axolotl, we do not know who the children are.”

This is just one of the historic photos from The Star that Christchurch City Libraries needs help to identify people in, with others including a group of New Brighton firefighters from 1960, Addington School pupils singing in 1983, and children running along Rolleston Ave in 1970.

Christchurch City Libraries wants help identifying people in historic photos from The Star,...
Christchurch City Libraries wants help identifying people in historic photos from The Star, including this one featuring a group of New Brighton firefighters from 1960. ​Photo: The Star
These photographs are some of thousands from The Star archive that Christchurch City Libraries has in its collection. It is working to digitalise and publish them online.

There are more than 2700 negatives and 5400 prints from The Star to explore online.

Said Christchurch City Council head of libraries and information Carolyn Robertson: “We are interested in finding out more information on items in the libraries’ digital heritage repository, Canterbury Stories, as each item is a part of Christchurch’s history.

“Appropriate information is added to the item record in Canterbury Stories.

“The Star gifted its collection to the library in 2018. As part of that agreement we are gradually digitising prints and negatives to provide public access to this collection.

“There are thousands of images in the libraries digitised archives collections and only some have been named. People can register on Canterbury Stories to provide comments.”

The Canterbury Stories collection contains 24,000 other items including photographs, negatives and maps.

• If you know who any of the people in these photos are, follow this link to let Christchurch City Libraries know.

Christchurch City Libraries wants help identifying people in historic photos from The Star,...
Christchurch City Libraries wants help identifying people in historic photos from The Star, including this one of Addington School pupils singing in 1983. ​Photo: The Star

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