• John ‘Jack’ Etherden Coker (1831 -1894)

    John ‘Jack’ Etherden Coker (1831 -1894)     Died of ill health   Place of Death: Christchurch * Established the business that became the ‘Warners’ Hotel (Cathedral Square, 1863) and built the Cokers Building (Manchester Street, between George and Allen Streets, 1879).  Both these buildings were lost to the quakes of 2011. For a closer look at …

  • Arthur Edgar Gravenor Rhodes (1859 -1922)

    Arthur Edgar Gravenor Rhodes (1859 -1922)     Died of natural causes   Place of Death: Christchurch * Was the first New Zealand born person to be elected into the House of Representatives. * Father of Rose Mairehau Hutton who is now remembered in the naming of the suburb ‘Mairehau’. * Chairman of the ‘New Zealand Shipping …

  • Hopton Napier Broome (1866 -1866)

    Hopton Napier Broome (1866 -1866)       Died of illness    Place of Death: Whitecliffs, Canterbury “During the last twelve hours of his life, as I sat before the fire with him on my lap, poor Fredrick kneeling in a prefect agony of grief by my side, my greatest comfort was in looking at the exquisite photograph …

  • John Anderson (1820 – 1897)

    John Anderson (1820 – 1897)         Died of old age     Place of Death: Christchurch * Arrived on the ‘Sir George Seymour’ – the Canterbury Association’s 3rd ship. * Was Christchurch’s first blacksmith. * Was a Christchurch City Councillor (1867 – 69 & 71) * Was Christchurch’s 2nd Mayor (1868 – 69) For the story …

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