James Edward Fitzgerald – Planting Towns And Villages In This Desert.

“Thus the work of the Canterbury Association will be at a end.  And whatever our own feelings may be, who have struggled hard and, some at all events, suffered much, in planting towns and villages in this desert…yet, will there come after us, inhabiting a cultivated, rich and populous district, the seat of manufactures, the emporium of commerce, traversed by railways, and begirt  by steamboats, – there will come those who will look back with something like veneration upon the Association which first laid the foundations of the Province of Canterbury”.

James Edward Fitzgerald ~ August 1852
*Canterbury’s First Superintendent*
*Founder of The Lyttelton Times & The Press*

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