Marmaduke Dixon (1828 – 1895)

Date and Place of Birth: 1828, Caistor. Lincolnshire, England Date and Place of Death: 15th November 1895, Eyreton, Canterbury Roles in Early Canterbury: * introduced Canterbury farming to the three furrow plough. * introduced Canterbury farming to the straw elevator. * introduced Canterbury farming to the slip gate. * first export of wheat to Britain …

ARTHUR’S PASS NO PICNIC

Upon seeing this wonderful painting of the road between Canterbury and Westland reminded me of a very interesting – and mostly unknown additional adventure concerning Arthur Dudley Dobson and his now much beloved passage through our Southern Alps. Arthur was barely 23 years old when the Canterbury Provincial Council sent him off to find the …

THE FIRST FIVE CANTERBURY ASSOCIATION COWS

When the Canterbury Association Management Committee were pulling together all the details of the upcoming immigration of roughly 700 settlers to Christchurch and Canterbury in 1850, every little detail had to be thought of and ironed out.  This included diet while on board. It was agreed that every ship should have at least one sheep, …

THE OCCIDENTAL

I will always be grateful to my ex-workmates of Bryco-ProPrint (now out of business) who introduced me to the old ‘Occi’ around 1999/2000.  I was invited along to watch the All Blacks on the big screen and have a sampling of the backpacker’s famous roast dinner.  I know I looked up at the façade as …

HENRY FRANCIS WORSLEY (1806 – 1876)

Throughout my studies of Christchurch’s history, the surname of Worsley has popped up now and again.  As there was no additional information offered with these brief references, Henry Francis Worsley had remained a question mark in my mind, that is, until this morning.  Now I know why previous historians haven’t written about him as there …

CREAM CAN CORNER

At the time of 22nd February 2011 earthquake, Chris and I were literally in our 2nd week of living on Lowes Road in Rolleston.  We both were in Christchurch at 12.51pm that day (and after being told by him to stay put at my parents’ house in Bishopdale) Chris headed home from work, envisioning our …

CANTERBURY’S FIRST LAWYERS

If one wished to split hairs, you could say that Canterbury’s first lawyers were William and John Deans.  It seems that in the Deans household in the parish of Riccarton back in good old Scotland, it was straight out of school and into Dad’s law firm to establish in oneself a good work ethic.  But …

BAKER POLHILL (1798 – 1853)

Upon searching the claim that the Allen family had the first European birth – following the arrival of the Canterbury Association ships – which even the family were unsure about, I came across another birth that instantly took my interest.  In the 3rd edition of the Lyttelton Times, the birth of Edward Greig Watts Polhill …