• £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 …

  • Bishops Corner Cemetery

    With the back of the car filled with fishing gear, history books piled on my lap and my eyes constantly scanning the landscape flashing past – the Bulovics were heading towards Lake Ellesmere for a spot of fishing.  As we turned into Cowans Road, Leeston, Chris heard a familiar cry from the passenger seat.  It …

  • He Read and Wrote Much But Spoke Little

    I love nothing more than coming across a description during my studies that brings alive an historical figure like never before.  So, I thought I would share this one concerning our Founder, the man that did the long hours and pushed the pen to get Christchurch up and started, John Robert Godley. But first, the …

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