• Free’s Flag

    Onboard the “Randolph”, the Canterbury Association’s 2nd ship, was the Free family.  The head of the family was John Free – a labourer – and with him was his wife Mary and their 7 children.  Believe it or not, the Free’s weren’t the largest family group to emigrate to Canterbury. The family settled beside the …

  • Wellington Ties

    In the four years of my study about Canterbury’s history, I have never come across so many historic ties such as that of which Christchurch has with Wellington – through our people at least! So much so, that our last two trips to Wellington had us Bulovics running from pillar to post – tracking down …

  • 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 …

  • The First Burial At The Scotch (Addington) Cemetery – George McIlraith

    I’m sure little George McIlraith paid little attention to the melting of the ice that had encased his older half sister Jane’s heart whenever John Deans had been in view or the subject of conversation. He would have been too far busy rumbling around Auchenflower farm to concern himself with foolish adult troubles. But George …

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