• ‘…High Fern And Tutu…’ – George R. Hart

    “All round, except the cleared space in front of the tent, was high fern and tutu, stretching away over the [Canterbury] Plains as far as could be seen…where Lichfield Street now stands, was a large raupo swamp, which was a resort for wild ducks and pukaki. Tracks here and there had been roughly cut through …

  • “…a momentary ray of sunshine…” – C. Warren Adams

    “What then was our astonishment at the panorama that opened before us as we pulled round the little point!  Wide streets, neat houses, shops, stores, hotels, coffee rooms, emigration barracks, a neat seawall, and an excellent and convenient jetty, with vessels discharging their cargoes upon it, met our view; whilst a momentary ray of sunshine …

  • “…As Happy As People Are…” – E.W. Coop

    “So, between the sawdust heap, a little cricket, after doing 10 hour a day work, some training for local sports and dancing, we were I think as happy as people are today with ever so many more smaller things and knew no better”. – 29th December 1948 E.W. Coop (1870 – 1954) * E.W Coop …

  • “…few grains of common sense…” – Kate Sheppard

    “Corsets and narrow waists should be regarded as absurdities akin to Chinese bandages and stunted feet, and be shunned by all possessed of a few grains of common sense.  If Dame Nature has cast us in a generous mould, let us rejoice and not attempt to dwarf her handiwork” ~ 1892 Kate Sheppard (1847 – …

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