Memories of a city, 50 years on

Last updated 05:00 14/02/2013

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When Neil Hollebone came across photos he took of Christchurch more than 50 years ago, he felt he had to share them.

"I thought perhaps the people of Christchurch would like to see them," he said.


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The 70-year-old took the photos in 1962, during a visit from England with his family.

"It was such a serene, beautiful, clean city," he said.

"Going over the Lyttelton hills was just magnificent.

"The Avon always impressed me. A river going through the middle of the city; I don't think there's any one in the world quite like that, with all the gardens beside it."

He returned to New Zealand several times, before coming in 1972 to stay.

Hollebone, who lives in Havelock North, was last in Christchurch in 1993.

He said he was saddened seeing footage of the city in ruins after the earthquakes.

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