• CHARTERIS BAY – THE HONOURABLE FRANCIS WEMYSS CHARTERIS DOUGLAS

    Amongst the men who attended the first meeting of the Canterbury Association – on 27th March 1848 – there was man who held the title of Lord Elcho, the 9th Earl of Wemyss and March.  But to his fellow Christ Church College classmates, he was just simply the Honorable Francis Charteris (1818 – 1914).  Being …

  • GOVERNOR’S BAY – Sir George Grey (1812 – 1898)

    As the ‘Charlotte Jane’, the Canterbury’s Association first ship sailed into Lyttelton Harbour on the morning of the 16th December 1850, another ship – named the ‘Fly’ – sat at anchor at the head of the harbour belonging to the New Zealand Governor, Sir George Grey. He, like John Robert Godley – the Founder of …

  • BARRINGTON – Louisa Edith Simeon (1790 – 1832)

    The story of the Simeon Family and that of Canterbury, New Zealand begins very much like the story of Canterbury itself. Sir John Simeon (pictured), like other lads from wealthy families, saw his teenage years in at Christ Church College in Oxford, as did his younger brothers, Charles and Cornwell.  It was there that he …

  • Ripa Island

    No one needed to explain to ex-banker, now convict Jonathan Roberts, that Ripa Island had never been a place of great joy, even in the decades before he and his 39 other convict buddies found themselves there, breaking rocks that would build Fort Jervois.  As Jonathan bit into the bread that was his lunch that …

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