Historical and old photos of Burnham, Canterbury


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History of city Burnham, Canterbury in photos

A small historical reference

Geography: Burnham, also known as Burnham Camp, is the largest army base in New Zealand's South Island. It is located 28 kilometres south of Christchurch on the Canterbury Plains in the Selwyn District, close to the town of Dunsandel. Burnham was named after Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain.

The senior headquarters at the camp has seen many changes. Previously Headquarters 3 Task Force, 3 Task Force Region, HQ Ready Reaction Force, and 3 Land Force Group have been based here. Most recently 3 Land Force Group was disbanded in 2011, and Headquarters Deployable Joint Task Force Headquarters - Land (DJTFHQ-L) was formed.

Date of foundation:


Population: 1 206


Burnham. Aerial view of Burnham Military Camp, 1945
Aerial view of Burnham Military Camp, 1939-1945
Burnham. Salute by the 2nd Echelon, 1940
Salute by the 2nd Echelon on the occasion of the visit by Lord and Lady Willingdon, February 1940
Burnham. Shell tanker ship 'Plagiola', 1959
Shell tanker ship 'Plagiola', carrying bitumen cargo, docked at Burnham Wharf, 1959
Burnham. Soldiers of the 3rd echelon, 1940
Soldiers of the 3rd echelon waiting for the leave train at Burnham Railway Station, May 1940
The Dutch tug Nordzee at Burnham wharf in Shelly Bay, 17 Aug 1950
The Dutch tug Nordzee at Burnham wharf in Shelly Bay, 17 Aug 1950

Photos posted on the website in accordance with Article 7, paragraph 1 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of 9 September 1886, the term of protection which is fifty years after the author's death.

After this period photos it becomes public domain. The participants of the Berne Convention are 167 States.

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