Rev. Charles Fraser (1823 – 1886)

Date and Place of Birth: 29th July 1823 at Aberden, Scotland Date and Place of Death: 25th August 1886 (place unknown) Roles in Early Canterbury: *Canterbury’s First Presbyterian Minister *Founder of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (situated at Rangi Ruru Girls High School since 1986), St Andrew’s College and Hagley Community College *Founding Member of the …

Katherine Wilson Lovell-Smith (1848 – 1934)

Katherine Wilson Lovell-Smith (1848 – 1934)   Died of old age     Place of Death: Christchurch * Formerly known as Kate Sheppard – Famous Suffrage Campaigner. * 1885 – Founder of New Zealand Women’s Christian Temperance Union. * 1887 – Appointed National Superintendent. * 1893 – Won New Zealand women the right to vote. * …

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

On the last Sunday of October 1853, in a small carpentry shop in Cashel Street, owned by James Johnston, a small group of Scottish Presbyterian settlers gathered together.  Among them were John and Jane Deans.  Not only was this an historic day for the Anglican based Canterbury but it was a day of reflection and …

Bell’s Baths

In 1884, the Lyttelton Harbour Board was approached about building bathing sheds close to Cave Rock. Even though this board said no to the idea, the Sumner Town Board continued to look into the possibility. After deciding that the eastern end of The Esplanade was best, 11 acres of shoreline was put aside. A year …

Allan McLean (1822 – 1907)

Allan McLean (1822 – 1907)      Died of old age           Place of Death: Christchurch Behind the naming of the Suburb of McLeans Island.  Also built the McLeans Mansion on Manchester Street. Buried at Addington Cemetery, Christchurch The story of Allan McLean: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/mcleans-island-allan-mclean-1822-1907/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

MCLEANS ISLAND – Allan McLean (1822 – 1907)

The McLeans brothers seem to be the Scottish version of the Rhodes brothers!The McLeans lived in a small town on the island of Coe in Scotland. Alexander and Mary had 9 children and made their living farming as well as Alexander being a fisherman. Tragically, Alexander would drown in this profession, leaving his family in …

BELFAST – John McNeight Watt (1838 – 1892)

Puraekanui was living up to its name – even as late as the 1860’s – there was ‘plenty of bush’! Also known as the Styx and the Seven Mile Peg (the stretch of land from Belfast to Rangiora) amongst settlers, the area remained untamed until the early 1880’s. John McNeight Watt was born in Belfast, …

Catherine Wilson Lovell-Smith nee Malcolm – Kate Sheppard (1848- 1934)

For world famous suffragette, Kate Sheppard, the following comment did little to put her off her ambitions… “…recommended to go home, look after their children, cook their husbands’ dinners, empty the slobs and generally attend to domestic affairs for which nature designed them; they should stop meddling in masculine concerns at which they are profoundly …