• Mona Vale And Canterbury’s Own Derelict Castle

    The grounds of Mona Vale were once the most beautiful and well kept paddocks on the farm at Riccarton.  In April 1869, when Jane Deans learnt that Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, was planning on visiting Riccarton during his Christchurch visit for an afternoon of pigeon shooting, there was only one place for the …

  • CRANMER, LATIMER & RIDLEY – THE OXFORD MARTYRS

    Never one to sit down in front of the tele at the same time or on the same channel, I have developed the habit of watching a TV series all at once, easily finishing a season’s worth in a day.  I love it!  It was no different when the time came to watch ‘The Tudors’ …

  • DALGETYS & CO

    The old Dalgetys building on the south west corner of Moorhouse Ave and Colombo Street has always caught my eye and curiosity. Whenever entering Harvey Norman for a bit of shopping, my eyes instantly stray above the produce to take in the vast space before me. There is no mistaking that fact that the building …

  • The Doone Grave – Alice Cecilia Serecombe George (1885 – 1887)

    When little Alice Cecilia Serecombe George was born in June 1885, her family were living in Porirua, Wellington.  Her dad, William ‘Willie’ George worked as a labourer and her mother, Emily Serecombe, had her hands full raising their young family.  On 28th November that year, her parents were married. It seemed the family moved a lot.  Alice’s oldest sister …

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