About Peeling Back History

There is no better time to get to know the heritage and fast disappearing tales of Christchurch and Canterbury.

For me, a love for the story of the Deans and the beginnings of our city took me on a journey I had no idea was coming.

Christchurch played host to many interesting characters that laid down our very foundations and the traces left behind of them are disappearing from knowledge with every new generation.

Many of us pass by history every day and are none the wiser.  So sad, as these brave settlers risked all they had to make a successful city and how little we know about them.

Who were our surveyors? Who built our first bridges?  Who named our suburbs and townships?  What were some of the original names for places that we enjoy every day as Christchurch citizens?

In a colourful, rich, historic, piece by piece account, I put together the puzzle of our past – discover the delights of peeling back history.

Annette Bulovic

 

7 Responses

  1. Paul Hunt says:

    Hello there,
    Do you have anything on the connection between the Hay and Blomqvist families? I am the great grandson of Henrik Blomqvist.
    My understanding is that the Blomqvist were indentured Farm labourers.
    Hope you can help.

    • Hi Paul, I have looked over the main source of my Hay article and there’s a mention of a Len Blomquist (as it is spelt in the book) and it only states that he was a farm owner in Pigeon Bay. I will certainly keep my eyes open for that surname. All the best with your research.

    • Craig Brankin says:

      Hi Paul,

      Henrik and his brother, Isak Blomqvist (my great-grandfather) came out to Pigeon Bay from Vexala in Finland to work for Ebenezer Hay, as Hay was keen to recruit Finns because he’d found that they were hard and reliable workers. They were mostly employed to harvest cocksfoot on the hillsides around Banks Peninsula.

      I am even lead to believe that one of the Hay sons died either in Finland, or on his return from Finland, after going there to meet some Finns to encourage them to migrate to NZ.

      Cheers,
      Craig Brankin.

      • K-G Olin says:

        Hi Craig,

        Please allow me to introduce myself as as Swede-Finn writer of nonfiction books. Right now I’m working on a book project about Swede-Finn emigration to New Zealand and Australia.

        In my manuscript I have Henrik Blomqvist who obviously is the brother of Nils Jacobson, who in 1887 was sentenced for a murder at Lake Forsythe Arms Hotel. Do you know anything about that event? I would be most interested in old stories and pictures from the early Swede-Finns i Pidgeon Bay.

        As for the visit by Mr. Hay in Munsala 1909, it was Tom Hay who died in Stockholm on the way back for the visit in Finland.

    • K-G Olin says:

      Hi Paul,

      Please allow me to introduce myself as as Swede-Finn writer of nonfiction books. Right now I’m working on a book project about Swede-Finn emigration to New Zealand and Australia.

      In my manuscript I have Henrik Blomqvist who obviously is the brother of Nils Jacobson, who in 1887 was sentenced for a murder at Lake Forsythe Arms Hotel. Do you know anything about that event? I would be most interested in old stories and pictures from the early Swede-Finns i Pidgeon Bay.

      A Tom Hay visited Munsala 1909. He died in Stockholm on the way back for the visit in Finland.

    • K-G Olin says:

      Hi Craig,

      Please allow me to introduce myself as as Swede-Finn writer om non-fiction books. Right now I’m working on a book project about Swede-Finn emigration to New Zealand and Australia.

      In my manuscript I have Henrik Blomqvist who obviously is the brother of Nils Jacobson, who in 1887 was sentenced for a murder at Lake Forsythe Arms Hotel. Do you know anything about that tragedy? I would be most interested in old stories and pictures from the early Swede-Finns i Pidgeon Bay.

      As for the visit om Mr. Hay in Finland 1909 it was Tom Hay who died in Stockholm on the way back for the visit in Finland.

  2. C Hart says:

    Hi im using one of your images that you did on the history of Middleton Grange School for the school magazine cover. I need permission to be allowed to use the image I was wondering if you could let me use it.
    thank you.

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