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Christchurch Amateur Swimming Club

Collection | Ref # Z Arch 1007 | Held by Christchurch City Libraries

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Christchurch Amateur Swimming Club


Christchurch City Libraries
Christchurch Amateur Swimming Club

Level of description:



.6 meters, boxed

Reference number:

Z Arch 1007


The Christchurch Amateur Swimming Club was formed in 1880, the first of many swimming clubs in the Canterbury area. The Club operated under this name until 1932 when a proposal for a merger was received from the Christchurch United Swimming Club. The proposal was approved at a special meeting on 26th September 1932 and by 1933 the combined clubs were operating as “The Christchurch United Amateur Swimming Club”.
The United Swimming Club was formed in May 1920 and the merger with the C.A.S.C. proposed at the AGM on 21st September 1932.
Both clubs had gentlemen and lady members and the annual races had events for both sexes.
The clubs utilised pools at West Christchurch School (now Hagley Community College), Addington School, the Tepid Baths in Manchester Street and the Centennial Pool in Armagh Street. Events were held in the Estuary and in the dry dock at Lyttelton.
As of 2010 the club continues to offer weekly swimming sessions and lessons during the summer months in the Christ’s College pool.

Dates covered:

1880 - 1966



Physical characteristics:

The archive contains minute books for both clubs as well as individual programmes from 11 other swimming clubs in the region, two Lyttelton boating regattas, news clippings and photographs. Most programmes include advertising by local businesses.

Access conditions:

May only be used in Christchurch City Libraries Research Room. Some fragile items.

Finding aids:

catalogue reocrd and inventory available

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