Chris and Annette Bulovic, the team that runs and maintains this Canterbury and Christchurch history website, ‘Discover The Delights Of Peeling Back History’ would like to humbly thank and express gratitude to the following historians who have walked before us, beside us and brought such wonderful local history to the light. They are very much a part of the work we do…

My heroes:

Gordon Ogilvie
Geoffrey W. Rice
Richard Greenway
Colin Amodeo
Louise Deans
Mr. Canterbury Heritage
Jenifer Roberts

The Late Henry Francis Wigram
The Late Johannes C. Anderson
The Late John Deans III
The Late Dr. A.C. Barker

Journal, Letters and Diary Keepers:

The Late Henry Sewell
The Late Charlotte Godley
The Late Edward Ward
The Late Francis Wigram
The Late Jane Deans
The Late Arthur Dudley Dobson
The Late Lady Barker
The Late Samuel Butler
The Late Charles Orbin Torlesse
The Late Deans Brothers (William & John)
The Late Hall Family

Online Sources:

Christchurch City Libraries – &
The Alexander Turnbull Library –
Papers Past –
The New Zealand Text Collection –
Christchurch City Council  –
Canterbury Museum –
The Encyclopedia of New Zealand –
Canterbury Heritage –
Wikipedia –
Christchurch Uncovered –
The Press –

A huge thank you to all the Cantab proud sport clubs, organisation, boards, businesses, churches of every description that have their own slice of Canterbury’s history and proudly share their stories.

Book Sources:

Pioneers Of The Plains – The Deans of Canterbury by Gordon Ogilvie
Banks Peninsula – Cradle of Canterbury by Gordon Ogilvie
The Port Hills Of Christchurch by Gordon Ogilvie
Purau by Elizabeth Ogilvie
Letters To My Grandchildren by Jane Deans
Pioneers of Canterbury – The Deans Letters by the Deans Family
Homebush by Louise Deans
Pioneers On Port Cooper Plains – The Deans Family Of Riccarton by John Deans III
Christchurch Crimes 1850 – 75 by Geoffrey W. Rice
Christchurch Crimes and Scandels 1876 – 99 by Geoffrey W. Rice
Victoria Square by Geoffrey W. Rice
Heaton Rhodes of Otahuna by Geoffrey W. Rice
The Forgotten Forty-Niners by Colin Amodeo
The Summer Ships by Colin Amodeo
The Journal of Henry Sewell 1851-7 Vol 1 & 2 edited by David McIntyre
Reminiscences of A. Dudley Dobson by Arthur Dudley Dobson
Station Life In New Zealand by Lady Barker
A First Year In Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler
The Torlesse Papers by C.O. Torlesse
Letters from Early New Zealand by Charlotte Godley
Letters to Grace by the Hall Family
A Sort Of Conscience – The Wakefield by Philip Temple
Christchurch – A City & Its People by Philip Temple
Dr. A.C. Barker 1819 – 1873 by C.C. Burdon
William & Mary Rolleston – An Informal Biography by Rosamund Rolleston
William Rolleston by William Downie Stewart
The History of James MacKenzie presented by Caitriona Barker
Remembering Godley edited by Mark Stocker
Blest Madman – Fitzgerald of Canterbury by Edmund Bohan
Fitz- The Colonial Adventures of J.E. Fitzgerald by Jenifer Roberts
So Brilliantly Clever – Parker, Hulme and the Murder that Shocked The World by Peter Graham
Nurse Maude – The First 100 Years by Vivienne Allan
Riccarton – The Founding Borough by Ian McBride
Riccarton Bush edited by Chas Chilton M.A.,D.Sc.,LL.D
Fendall’s Legacy – A History Of Fendalton & North-west Christchurch by Frieda Looser
Bishop Harper & the Canterbury Settlement by H.T Purchas
Round The Square by the Canterbury Branch of the NZ Federation of University Women
Malvern County – A Centennial History by G.L. Popple
Picks & Bricks – Tales of South Malvern by Margaret E. Knowles
Maori Folk Tales of the Port Hills by James Cowan
The Southern Bays of Lyttelton Harbour by Edith Paine
Frontiers by Simon Best
Set Sail For Canterbury edited by Jennifer Queree
Beyond The City by Sarah E.W. Penny
Ghost Hunt – True New Zealand Ghost Stories by Julie Miller & Grant Osborn
Petticoat Pioneers – Book Three by Barbara Harper
The Watering Holes by Stephen Symons (not published)
Old Stone House & the Cracroft Community Centre compiled by Betty and Norman Roberts
Christchurch Heritage Houses by Vicky Heward and Rodney Wells
Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings published by the Canterbury Regional Council
Historic Buildings of Canterbury & South Canterbury by NZ Historic Places Trust
Centennial – published by the Canterbury Junior Chamber of Commerce
Our Century – The Press
First With The News – by Mike Crean
A City Of Bridges – by John A. Ince
Christchurch – A Pictorial History by David Johnson
Old Christchurch by Johannes C. Anderson
Christchurch Sketchbook by Unk White & M.H. Holcroft
Early Days of Canterbury by Selwyn Bruce
Canterbury Tales by Douglas Cresswell
Christchurch by Gwenda Turner
The Story of Christchurch by Henry Francis Wigram
Canterbury – Old & New ~ A Souvenir of the Jubilee by the Committee of the Chch Branch of the N.Z. Natives’ Association
A History of Canterbury Vol 1 (to 1854), Vol II (1854 -76) & Vol III (1876 – 1950) by the Canterbury Centennial Association
Christchurch Dreaming – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow by Mary Hobbs
Southern Capital – Christchurch ~ 1850 – 2000 edited by John Cookson & Graeme Dunstall (unpublished)
Stray Leaves of Early Canterbury by George R Hart
New Zealand Time Line – Pre-History To Today by Murdoch Riley
A Short Short History of New Zealand by Gordon McLaughlin
A People’s History – The Dictionary Of New Zealand Biography, Volume One
Cyclopedia of New Zealand – Canterbury Volume



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