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Map of Canaan by Charlotte Merton from Rangiora. 6 June 1860

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CH287, CP599b, 3/9/1860

Written Exercise by 12 year old pupil from Rangiora Church School

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CH287, CP599b, 3/5/1860

Extract of School work - Arithmetic by William Hay. 1860

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CH287, CP599b, 3/4/1860

Extract of School work - Map of Europe by 14yr old student at Lyttelton Boys' School. 1860

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CH287, CP599b, 3/25/1860

Christchurch Teachers' College Tramping Club, Cashmere Hills 1916-17

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CH182 CTC 400/11

Christchurch Teachers' College Tramping Club. 1924

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CH182 CTC 400/66

First Week Addington School. 1925

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The Christchurch office of Archives New Zealand holds the archives of many local educational institutions, including the Provincial Board and Department of Education, the Canterbury Education Board, the Department and the Ministry of Education and many individual primary schools. Within those archives is information relating to many other schools and institutions throughout the South Island.

The various extracts of children's schoolwork shown here were collected by a school inspector, and date from the 1870s. They are examples of the small selection of 19th school work within our holdings. Of particularly interest are the ages of the children given the quality of work they produced. As few children went on to secondary school, this level of formal education would often be the highest an individual would attain. All these examples have come to our holdings through the Provincial Government Archives.

At the other end of the education system, also on display is material from the Christchurch Teachers' College. The College began in 1877 as a department of the Christchurch Normal School. There were 31 students on the roll: 25 women and 6 men. In 1905 the teacher training section of the Normal School was redesignated as the Training College with its own Principal. Initially a pupil-teacher system of teacher training operated. Under this plan, which lasted until 1931, students between the ages of 13 and 16 were engaged as pupil-teachers. The items displayed are from the early years of the 20th century, and highlight the formality of the teaching environment at that time.