Quail Island Gets A Feminine Touch

I can’t say whether Elizabeth Watts-Russell was one of those who laughed when the Ward brothers – Edward, Henry and Hamilton – chose Quail Island as the place to set up their farm.  The brothers were well aware of the giggles happening around Lyttelton as they prepared to make their move.  Edward – the eldest …

The Meditation Of A Cockroach

The Meditation Of A Cockroach I am no less than a cockroach bold, creeping and crawling from deck to hold, hunting each cabin and hammock and bed, under the pillow where rests your head, under the tablecloth, up the chair, I run up your sleeves and I crawl through your hair; neither man or child …

Sir Charles Christopher Bowen (1830 – 1917)

As a teenager, Charles Bowen found himself rubbing shoulders with worldly wisdom and business knowledge in the shape of John Robert Godley, James Edward Fitzgerald and Lord Lyttelton.  He was a budding Irish law student absorbing all he could amongst the upper class ranks of the Canterbury Association in which he had taken a keen …

The Cholmondeley Family

Among the other immigrants aboard the ‘Charlotte Jane’ were cousins, Thomas and Charles Cholmondeley. Unlike many of the other settlers on board, these cousins had no obvious reason to seek out a chance for a better life. They came from a very rich noble family…maybe this was the reason the pair broke away – that …

Jabez Thornton (1817 – 1904)

Jabez Thornton arrived at Lyttelton on the ‘Charlotte Jane’ on the 16th December 1850.  He was 32 years old and was on his own. A Carpenter by trade, he married Mary Coster on the 16th September 1852. As there was no church at Lyttelton at that stage, they were married in a temporary church. They …

Gleig’s Island ~ Quail Island

“Having reached the island which Quail Island rises to about 250 ft above the level of the harbour I landed at a shelly beach and ascended the hill in order to correct and complete my sketch. During my walk there I flushed several quail and from that circumstance I gave it the name Quail Island.” …