Topic: 2009 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt

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Christchurch City Libraries’ annual Photo Hunt aims to discover photographic treasures that tell the stories of our past.

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The 2009 photo hunt formed part of the Beca Heritage Week 16 - 26 October 2009 with the theme of Doves and Defences: Discover Christchurch in Peace & Conflict.

Christchurch City Libraries invited the public to submit historical photographs on peace and conflict in Christchurch and Canterbury over the years.   There were three broad themes for the contest

  • Life at Home, including images of home defence, protest and dissension, the war effort.
  • Away from Home, including images of leaving home, arriving home and overseas and on duty.
  • Peace and Remembrance, including images of memorials & monuments, processions, buildings.

The overall winner, and winner of the Peace & Remembrance category,  was ANZAC Day, one of several images submitted by Jan Shuttleworth.  The judges felt that the image encapsulated the spirit of a community's dedication to honouring those who served in times of conflict.

Winner of the Away from Home category was a postcard Greetings from N. Z. E. F. in the Pacific, submitted by Barbara Molloy.

The Life at home category winner was Nurses  submitted by David Howell.

Welcome Home, a DVD submitted by The Regimental Association (Inc) won a special Highly Cmmended award.  This fantastic 15 minute film shows personal footage from the three forces returning to Lyttelton on 21 December 1945.  The Association gave permission to extract individual frames from the movie.

Christchurch City Libraries has run an annual  Photo Hunt since 2008.


Christchurch City Libraries has run an annual Photo Hunt since 2008.

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