• 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 …

  • The Oram Brothers

    As the five Oram brothers stepped off their ship (the ‘Glentanner’) at Lyttelton, they were the classic example of those chasing the New Zealand dream. It was Canterbury, 1857 and if you were willing to roll up your sleeves and do the hard yards, you could find success and fortune. The English born brothers wanted …

  • TRADER MCKENDRY’S

    It was publican James McKendry’s quirky side business that made him so likeable. You could expect, alongside your beer, additional items that were for sale with the following question of something like “Is there anything you wanted me to look at, for a trade maybe?”. He soon earned the name of Trader McKendry, a term …

  • The Fire House Nightclub

    As the sun set on the era of the Provincial Government, Christchurch – like most of the country’s main cities – must have felt a sudden vacuum as the Christchurch City Council settled itself into its new role.   Christchurch that we know today was in 1876, just a land mass with pockets of population, only …

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