Monday, August 18, 2014
Rewi Alley (1897 - 1987) was born in Springfield Christchurch, named after Rewi Maniapoto, a great Ngāti Maniapoto leader.
Rewi Alley or 路易•艾黎 (pronounced as Lůyě Ŕilí) in Chinese; he was an educator, a writer and social reformer, but best known as a friend of China.
Journeys in Time is a 7 part documentary to commemorate the unique life of Alley in China for 6 decades.
Gung Ho - Rewi Alley of China, (Gung Ho means 'working together') a 5 part documentary depicting how Alley assisted the locals in a co-operative movement when China was under the siege from Japan in 1930s.
Rewi Alley: an autobiography or Rewi Alley from Canterbury to China will tell you more about his extra ordinary life.
Macmillan Brown Library holds: Rewi Alley Collections.
Look up the Library Catalogue for his published materials or search through Kā Kohika for his manuscripts and photographs.
Image credit: MB45, Rewi Alley papers, Reference code 11594, Rewi Alley, photographer Didby Spencer, no date, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Friday, August 15, 2014
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is found at http://finds.org.uk/database.
A database where you can search for artefacts and coins found in England and Wales by members of the public (most have been found from metal detecting). There are nearly 1 million objects in the database. While the artefacts are not ‘treasure’, they are nonetheless important in helping build up an understanding of the archaeology and history of England and Wales. The site uses open source software and is administered by the British Museum. Access to the database is free, but you’ll need to create a username and password.
Image courtesy of The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum
Monday, August 11, 2014
Anyone a keen tramper?
42 years ago these people were keen! This is a tramping group on the Roberts Point track in the August of 1972. The track overlooks the beautiful Franz Josef Glacier and is managed by DOC. Anyone interested in walking this track can find out more on the DOC website here: Roberts Point
Has anyone walked this track and got a story to tell? Or had lunch at the same spot as this group?
MB1065, A. C. Graham photographs, 18103, Group (7) at Roberts Point, August 1972, unknown photographer. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
From the mathematical secrets of the Simpsons to images of the oldest living things in the world – we think we have something to tempt any self-respecting nerd.
See our selection of nerdy but fun titles here.
Friday, August 08, 2014
We have been advised that Wiley Online will be unavailable from 9 pm Saturday 9th August. This is for schedule maintenance by the Vendor and is expected to last for 4 hours.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Essential repairs to the heating in the Central Library are scheduled to take place on Saturday 9th August. There will be no heating in the library on this day. The library will remain open, however please dress warmly if you wish to visit or study there. EPS Library, and other computer labs, are available for you to use on Saturday and heating is unaffected in these buildings. It is anticipated the heating in the Central Library will be functioning again by Sunday 10th August.
Monday, August 04, 2014
The World Press Photo Exhibition is being held in the Central Library from the 2nd - 24th August 2014
This touring exhibition showcases an award-winning collection of the most powerful, poignant and inspiring press photographs from around the globe. The photos included in the exhibition are the winners of the World Press Photo Contest and each highlights a key news story or global issues from the previous year.
Open to view daily on Levels 2 and 3 of the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight
Monday, 4 August, is the 49th anniversary of self-government in the Cook Islands. This image is of Penrhyn wharf and was taken by John Macmillan Brown, possibly in 1919. Penrhyn is the largest and Northernmost atol in the Cook Islands. Can you tell us anything about this image or do you have any stories to share about Penhryn or the Cook Islands?
Image credit: MB 118, John Macmillian Brown collection, Reference code 13876, Penrhyn wharf, Cook Islands, 1919?, photographer John Macmillan Brown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Friday, August 01, 2014
Remembering those killed in the First World War.
August marks the beginning of centennial commemorations of World War One. On the 4th of August 1914 Britain and New Zealand, as part of the British Empire, declared war on Germany. Some excellent databases are available for those wanting to research the service men and women who were killed during the war.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides the regiment, rank, when and where each soldier died, as well as where they are buried and the headstone inscription.
Auckland War Memorial Museum hosts the Cenotaph Database where details of soldiers who died during the war can be found. The database includes photos of some of those who died.
A useful overview of the First World War and New Zealand’s involvement can be found on NZ History Online.
Monday, July 28, 2014
A further update from the ICT Service Desk:
This morning we advised that we are currently experiencing issues with automated course enrolments which has changed enrolments on Learn. It has now been identified that the issue is more widespread and affects:
• Course enrolments on Learn
• Canterbury Card door access for students who have done a Change of Enrolment (i.e. after-hours access to labs)
• Library access for students who have done a Change of Enrolment (e.g. journal access)
Support staff have identified a possible resolution, and are working to implement this now. Unfortunately this resolution may take some time to update the affected systems, and at this stage we don’t anticipate access to be restored until tomorrow morning (Tuesday 29th July). Another update will be sent late this afternoon, or early tomorrow morning.
Students have been advised to contact their course co-ordinators if they have any queries regarding course work or deadlines.
We apologise for any inconvenience this issue may be causing.
An announcement from the ICT Service Desk:
We are currently experiencing issues with automated course enrolments which has changed enrolments on Learn. Course changes that were made as a Changes of Enrolment have been reversed. This causes students to become enrolled in previous Learn courses rather than current Learn courses. Support staff are working on resolving this issue as quickly as possible, but currently we do not have an ETA for resolution. We will send another update once more information is available.
We apologise for any inconvenience this issue may be causing.
ICT Service Desk
...and you think going to the dentist is bad now!
According to Te Ara, early New Zealand dentists would extract teeth rather than try to save them. Many tooth extractions were performed in the home, a stark contrast to our shiny and hygienic clinics of today!
Image credit: MB 1456, L Walker Collection, item 3521, 'Tooth extraction', Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Monday, July 21, 2014
Exhibition Space, Level 2, Central Library, James Hight Building
The theme of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori for 2014 focuses on learning a new word in te Reo Māori each week. Te Reo Māori, the language of tāngata whenua, is a unique taonga to be nurtured and celebrated. This exhibition looks to the past, in showcasing early printed works in te Reo, and to the future, through educational resources that enable the children of Aotearoa to communicate and learn in the unique and beautiful medium of te reo Māori.
Find out more about Te Kupu o Te Wiki Māori Language Week Programme at UC.
Look, boxing on the highway!
Highway patrol wouldn't find it amusing today!
Image credit: MB 1077, Peter Lucas photographs, item 6594, Boxing contest main highway opposite Hende's ferry, Harihari, date 1906, photographers Harold Hende and Peter Hende.
Friday, July 18, 2014
is an online e-therapy tool, created by the University of Auckland, designed to help young people learn skills to manage feeling down, depressed or stressed. This is not your typical computer game of combat and destruction; rather, players adopt a warrior avatar and smash negative thoughts with fireballs while trying to save the world from pessimism and misery. Results published in the British Medical Journal found SPARX to be just as effective as face-to-face counselling in helping adolescents manage mild to moderate depression.