• St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

    On the last Sunday of October 1853, in a small carpentry shop in Cashel Street, owned by James Johnston, a small group of Scottish Presbyterian settlers gathered together.  Among them were John and Jane Deans.  Not only was this an historic day for the Anglican based Canterbury but it was a day of reflection and …

  • Christchurch Cathedral – The Heart Of Our City

    It doesn’t take much imagination to picture the first meeting of The Canterbury Association on the 27th March 1848.  The chosen room at 41 Charing Cross, London began to fill with some of the well known names and faces of the British upper class; gentlemen of the church, noble families, rank and money, some of …

  • AVONSIDE – The Holy Trinity Of Avonside (1855 – 2011)

    The Avonside Parish came in second for two very important milestones!Firstly, the Holy Trinity Church was the second church built in Christchurch. St Michael and his Angels was the first. I am delighted to report that the latter church is in tip top shape and it is still serving its Anglican community on its original …

  • Linwood & The Holy Trinity of Avonside

    Just had to share this wonderful description of the beginnings of Linwood and Avonside written by Rosamund Rolleston, the granddaughter of a very influential Canterbury founding father – William Rolleston. To give a very quick background check, William Rolleston was Canterbury’s last Superintendant and remembered today in the naming of Rolleston Ave, his (currently missing/under …

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