Anzac Day 1919 and the influenza pandemic

Ashburtonians celebrating Anzac Day in 1919 must have felt very strange – they were still feeling the aftereffects of a deadly disease outbreak. It would have been surreal for two reasons, being that the outbreak of H1N1 influenza had affected Ashburton quite severely, and that the tragedies of the Great War were still fresh in... Continue Reading →

Old-timey Easter fun in Ashburton

Whether you like chocolate eggs or not, we can all appreciate Easter. Many people around the Ashburton District enjoy Easter as a Christian holiday, while others who are not so inclined simply see Easter as a chance to take a break. Like Christmas, it is a time for us to celebrate, catch up with friends... Continue Reading →

Tools for researching the past

When it comes to researching your forebears, you can either be pleasantly surprised or sorely disappointed. Cases that fit into the latter category are more common than you would think. Many of our past relatives seem to leave great historical gaps in their wake rather than the opposite. As a matter of fact, is much... Continue Reading →

Ashburton and the 1880 Irish Relief Fund

The Irish famine of 1879-1880, which has come to be known as the ‘Little Famine’ occurred as a consequence of poor successive harvests in the preceding years and spelled trouble once again for the general Irish population. Since the Great Famine, Ireland had recovered a great deal and had become increasingly urbanised, with a railway... Continue Reading →

Library and Council under one roof

Te Pātaka o kā Tuhituhi/Te Waharoa a Hine Paaka, Ashburton's new Library and Civic Centre, will unite the Ashburton Public Library and the Ashburton District Council under one roof - an idea that may give some of you a bit of déjà vu.

When the i-SITE moved on

In late 2020 the Ashburton i-SITE information centre building rolled off in style to start the next chapter in its life as the new clubrooms for the Mid Canterbury Aero Club. This familiar building was the second of its kind, and its departure marked the end of an era for East Street and the CBD... Continue Reading →

An egg-celent business

The phenomenon of the Ashburton Egg Circle was brought to my attention recently – it is one of those funny sounding things that once you hear it you just can’t let it go until you figure it out. Googling the term only comes up with kitchen gadgets for frying eggs – so what was this... Continue Reading →

True Crime: Rakaia

Ever since I started writing for the Guardian and this blog, I have found myself gravitating towards the odd and unusual. If you have followed us for a while, you will remember several articles about odd photos, weird crimes and unusual occurrences involving some very unique personalities. Many of the lives we’ve talked about have... Continue Reading →

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