To promote the Christchurch City Libraries Retrospective: Christchurch life, architecture and design 1940s - 1970s photo competition to find key images of the city's post-war period, we're featuring a series of images from each decade. This week we'll reflect upon the 1940s.
The period of the Second World War and the years immediately following it were an era of a significant shortage of both local manpower and imported machinery, (there was also a shortage of photographic film - the 1940s only account for 1.4% of the images in our archive). One of the consequences of that situation was a neglect of the city's drainage sytem.
1945 was the worst year of that decade for drainage failure; between May and August there was severe flooding throughout city.
An easterly view of Carlyle Street, Sydenham
Northery view towards Warrington Street, of Chancellor Street, Shirley
North-westerly view of the Beckenham shopping centre