• The Hornbrooks

    As the Bridle Path was being sliced into the side of the Port Hills, above Lyttelton – which was well under construction, at the foot of the path, another structure was rising; under the watchful eye of its owner, Major Alfred Hornbrook. It was Canterbury’s first commercial enterprise, hotel and humble grog stop – to …

  • The Grubbs

    If anyone could have related to the Split Enz’s song ‘Six Months in a Leaky Boat’, it would have been Cantab pioneer John Grubb. Leaving behind his wife Mary and his three daughters in Scotland, he was on his way to Australia to make them a new life when he found himself on New Zealand …

  • The First Burial At The Scotch (Addington) Cemetery – George McIlraith

    I’m sure little George McIlraith paid little attention to the melting of the ice that had encased his older half sister Jane’s heart whenever John Deans had been in view or the subject of conversation. He would have been too far busy rumbling around Auchenflower farm to concern himself with foolish adult troubles. But George …

  • The Corlett Family

    In the early hours of the 18th September 1850, the passengers of the ‘Sir George Seymour’ – the third of our First Four Ships – heard one of the distress calls that no one at sea wants to hear.  FIRE! It is not reported whether the watch-keeper (name of the male passengers who strolled the …

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