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Young Women's Christian Association Christchurch



  • Existence: 1883 - Present


The Young Womens Christian Association (YWCA) in Christchurch was founded in 1883.

From 1909 it was located at 245 Madras Street, and in 1914 it moved to its building on the corner of Madras Street and Latimer Square, providing hostel accommodation for 29 young women, in addition to the YWCA administration. This building was enlarged (a third storey was added) in 1918, providing accommodation for about 60 young women. The building was sold in 1982 or 1983 and, after several moves, the YWCA administration was located at 234 Cashel Street in 1995. At about the same time accommodation was provided at 285 Hereford Street.

YWCA (2022). Our Story.
YWCA (2022) Christchurch: About Us.
Lovell-Smith, H. K. (1960). The Story of the Christchurch Young Women's Christian Association; A Venture With Youth From 1883-1894 - 1901-1960. Christchurch, N.Z. : The Association
Simpson, C. (1983). The One Hundred Year History of the Christchurch Young Women's Christian Association, 1883-1983. Christchurch, N.Z. : The Association

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Young Women's Christian Association, Christchurch records

Identifier: Arch 0112
Scope and Contents

Records of the Young Women's Christian Association, Christchurch including minutes; membership lists; programmes; reports; rules and constitution; annual reports; newsletters; correspondence; photographs; scrapbooks and financial information.

Includes records relating to sporting activities; camp committees; adult activities and projects; children's school holiday and after school clubs; hostel details, the suburban centre and relating to a 1981 conference in Christchurch.

Dates: 1883-1984