The Contextual Historical Overview for Christchurch City is a report which examines Christchurch under the historical themes of 'Life in the City', 'The Built City', and 'Industry and Commerce'.

The report provides a broad overview and understanding of the city and its development in the last 150 years, which is pivotal for the future identification and management of heritage in Christchurch.

The report was commissioned for two reasons:

  • To present a general thematic history of Christchurch settlement and development.
  • To help the council review the existing heritage listings to identify any thematic gaps or potential items that should be added to the heritage inventory.

Contextual Historical Overview for Christchurch City 2005 [PDF, 20 MB]

In 2013 following the Canterbury Earthquakes, the Contextual Historical Overview for Christchurch City was revised.

Contextual Historical Overview for Christchurch City, Revised 2013 [PDF, 17 MB] 

In 2014 the Banks Peninsula Contextual Historical Overview and Thematic Framework was completed.

Banks Peninsula contextual historical overview and thematic framework - June 2014 [PDF, 28 MB]

Maps

The following maps are referenced in, and should be read in conjunction with, the Contextual Historical Overview for Christchurch City.