• Edward William Seager (1828 -1922)

    What Edward William Seager lacked in wealth and breeding, he made up with his humanity and love of a good joke! As the young Seager was making his way into his working life as a porter in a London law firm, he learned of the Canterbury Association and their plans from an old school chum, …

  • 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 …

  • THE LEVELS AND TIMARU

    Just this past weekend (3rd Jan 2015) Chris and I took a delightful drive to Timaru to soak up some history that I have wanted to see since learning about the pioneering, Rhodes brothers. Here’s a short summary of their story: The Rhodes and Waitaha (Canterbury) were first introduced in 1836 when the whaling Captain …

  • Victoria Square’s Horse Ramp

    It’s a very well known feature of Victoria Square but do many people actually know what is was for and how old it is?  As a teenager and before my historian gene really exploded, I just presumed it was for boats to be launched into the Avon. It is really hard to imagine this today …

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