Deaf Society of Canterbury

The Deaf Society of Canterbury is New Zealand’s oldest Deaf Club, established in the mid 1930s. It has provided the inspiration for the development of other clubs around the country, including Auckland.

Dennis Tod and Sue Penman have done a great job of rounding up some of the films from the Canterbury Deaf community, we are still looking for more so please get in touch if you have some to share.

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  1. 1978
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    Christchurch Basketball and Netball teams leave for Greymouth

    The Christchurch Deaf Mens Basketball team travel to Greymouth, accompanied by the Deaf netball team.

  2. 1979
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    Christchurch Deaf Club picnic at Diamond Harbour 1979

    The Christchurch Deaf Club members have a picnic at Diamond Harbour, with traditional sports and activities.

  3. 1977
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    Christchurch Women Group: Progressive Dinner

    The Christchurch Deaf Women’s Group hosts a progressive dinner. Three courses at three different locations all in one night in 1977!

  4. 1977
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    ‘Deaf boys’ picnic at Spencer Park

    Christchurch Deaf Club Basketball ‘Deaf Boys’ Picnic at Spencer Park, Sunday 13th March 1977.

  5. 1979
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    Old-Time Fancy Dress party, Christchurch 1979

    A fancy dress party is held at the Canterbury Deaf Society’s clubrooms.

  6. 1971
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    16th Annual NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch

    The Manawatu Deaf Club Athletic Team practice with coach Keith Gordon. This footage covers the athletic training session.

  7. 1991
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    Good old fashioned fun at the Christchurch Deaf Society’s picnic

    Footage of the 1991 Christchurch Deaf Society's picnic day held at Spencer Park. On a progressively windy day the local Deaf community gathered to enjoy traditional Deaf community games including tug-of-war, egg throwing, welly throwing, and some less common games such as a dress-up relay.

  8. 1991
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    Canterbury beats Wellington in a game of rugby league

    A game of rugby league between the Canterbury and Wellington boys in 1991. The game was played at Hampshire Park, Christchurch on 11 May 1991. Canterbury beat Central, 42-26, followed by a post-match social and further celebrations at DSC.

  9. 1979
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch 1979 - Netball

    Coverage of the Netball tournament at the NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch 1979.

  10. 1975
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention, Christchurch 1975

    The Deaf community gather in Christchurch for the NZ Deaf Sports Convention in Labour Weekend, 1975.

  11. 1953
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention Christchurch 1953

    The 1953 New New Zealand Deaf Sports Convention is held in Christchurch, with sports, fun, and day trips.

  12. 1955
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    NZ Deaf Sports Convention 1955 - Christchurch

    NZ Deaf Sports Convention is held at Rugby Park, Christchurch in 1955.

  13. 1979
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    NZ Deaf Sport Convention, Christchurch 1979

    Scenes from NZ Deaf Sport Convention in Christchurch 1979, with sports such as shot-put and athletics, including some impressive sprinting and middle distance running.

  14. 1990
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    Wrap-up Christmas party at Deaf Society of Canterbury

    Deaf Society of Canterbury on Armagh Street celebrates the end of 1990 with a wrap-up Christmas party, and a few speeches!