• £2 Well Spent

    As much as Christchurch wanted its own identity and separation from the old country, some traditions followed the settlers that weren’t ready to die just yet. One of those traditions were balls; the first being held in the Lyttelton Immigration Barracks by the Godleys early 1851.  This ball was considered a grand success – that …

  • The Forgotten, Earned & Unpopular Names Of Christchurch

    Names from the Canterbury Association that didn’t stick… Greig Island – Quail Island – named after Canterbury Association member Rev. George Robert Gleig. The Shakespeare – The Avon – named after English playwright William Shakespeare. The Courtenay – The Waimakariri – named after Canterbury Association member William Courtenay (Archbishop of Canterbury). The Cholmondeley – The …

  • Quail Island Gets A Feminine Touch

    I can’t say whether Elizabeth Watts-Russell was one of those who laughed when the Ward brothers – Edward, Henry and Hamilton – chose Quail Island as the place to set up their farm.  The brothers were well aware of the giggles happening around Lyttelton as they prepared to make their move.  Edward – the eldest …

  • The Rollestons, The Fitzgeralds And Scarlet Fever

    As Mrs. Fanny Fitzgerald bustled along The Terrace, Wellington, she had one arm around her infant daughter while her free hand hitched her long petticoats away from the stomping heels of her shoes.  To strangers, the frustrated crease between her eyebrows were no doubt caused by the stress of the recent break out of Scarlet …

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