• Charlotte Godley Writes Home

    Charlotte Godley, the wife of Canterbury founder John Robert Godley wrote the most delightful letters home to her mother back in England and no one and I mean NO ONE escaped the fury of her pen – good or bad!  I have selected the following extracts from her letters cause she shares about places we …

  • Cottage Rock

    We all know Cave Rock (was once known as Cass Rock, named after Thomas Cass, a surveyor)very well; is there a Cantab out there who hasn’t climbed up its south side to look down over Sumner Beach? BUT who really noticed the smaller rock formation to its right?  I know of it, I can picture …

  • Cantabs Of Steel

    Next time you are getting a little impatient with how long the traffic lights are taking to change or moaning at the weeds growing untamed outside your window, I want you to think of these four Cantabs. Firstly, there was Marmaduke Dixon who with his own hands, dug an 8 foot deep well on his …

  • Riccarton Bush Booklet (1924)

    I was completely delighted to have been able to purchase this 90 year old booklet about Riccarton Bush last week.  What a treasure! I have only had the time for a quick flick through – as I already have two books on the go – but I did come across something I thought was worth …

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