About the Club

The club was formed in May 1976 by bottle collectors, but now caters for a wide variety of collectables as well as bottles. The objectives of the Christchurch Antique Bottle and Collectables club are to preserve, study, display, and share historical data of all kinds. Items of glass, ceramic, wood, brass, cast-iron, paper can all be found within the collections of club members.  If it is old, interesting, a fossicking find, or a family heirloom, people tend to enjoy collecting it and showing it to others.

Please go here to join the club.

Club Officials

  • President (re-elected) Craig Gurney
  • Vice President (re-elected) Barry Hancox
  • Secretary (re-elected) David James
  • Treasurer Warren Roberts
  • Committee members; Helen Cater, John Fazakerley, Allan Truman, Gavin East, Bruce Graham, Ken Liddicoat
  • Editors: Hugh & Sandra Aston
  • Life members: Lindsey Best, Steve Costello

Meetings  are  held  on  the last  Sunday  of  each  month except  December  when  there  is  no  meeting. The meeting venue is The Riccarton Community Centre, (199 Clarence Street). Most of the parking is to the left of the building but there are parks behind and to the right, there are also parks in side street opposite. Meetings commence at 7.00 pm and doors open at 6:30 pm.

Included on the meeting agenda are regular features, such as 'Items of the Night', which cater for any collectables - members are encouraged to bring along relevant items to display as well as new finds for discussion. There are many knowledgeable collectors in the club and informative talks are given regularly. Tea and coffee is served halfway through the meeting.  There is a $3 door charge to help cover venue hire and a raffle is sold and drawn on the night. Prospective members do not pay the usual $3 door charge at the monthly meetings.

The club produces a quarterly magazine, (see the sample copies available for download in the archive). All of the club magazines we have been able to find are available for download in the members area, which appears in the navigation list on the left of each page once you have logged into this site.


Founding club members: clockwise starting top left: Laurie Thin (in shades) directs excavation work (1980s?), Doug Redmond (L) and Laurie Thin hard at work; “top table”at the Avon Rowing Club 1976/7, Cliff Anderson (L, President), Rick Oxenham (Secretary), David van Tongeren (Librarian); The Club’s first Patron, Selwyn Hovell, during a “dig” at Ferrymead in the 1980s.