• CARLTON CORNER

    As the First Four ships sat at anchor in Lyttelton Harbour that warm December 1850, rural section 6 sat waiting for its owner to make it into something wonderful.  Business partners Charles Weatherby and Henry Gordon had intended to be part of the first wave of settlers to Canterbury but their names were never on …

  • Prelude To Murder At The Oxford On Avon

    When Mrs. Jane Smith breezed into The Oxford Hotel that February day in 1901, she had more baggage with her than just her physical luggage.  She was a pretty young woman and knew it, her eyes scanning the tavern before her with a poker-faced bemusement.  Even though she had telephoned ahead before her arrival, she …

  • The Bush Inn Tavern

    The racket and stink of hundreds of livestock rambling down Yaldhurst Road would make those who lived close by stay inside!  Cattle, sheep, and even pigs headed down to the Addington Stockyards on Deans Ave like this for decades – causing such a trying time for residents that the Riccarton Road Board was formed mainly …

  • The White Hart Hotel

    The first time I read about the Hart family, my imagination was stirred! Here was this family fresh off the ‘Cressy’ struggling through the tussock of the Canterbury Plains (after tramping over the Bridle Path and punting across the Heathcote), squinting into the blazing setting sun. They stop for breath, the father looking at his …

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