• THE OCCIDENTAL

    I will always be grateful to my ex-workmates of Bryco-ProPrint (now out of business) who introduced me to the old ‘Occi’ around 1999/2000.  I was invited along to watch the All Blacks on the big screen and have a sampling of the backpacker’s famous roast dinner.  I know I looked up at the façade as …

  • HENRY FRANCIS WORSLEY (1806 – 1876)

    Throughout my studies of Christchurch’s history, the surname of Worsley has popped up now and again.  As there was no additional information offered with these brief references, Henry Francis Worsley had remained a question mark in my mind, that is, until this morning.  Now I know why previous historians haven’t written about him as there …

  • CREAM CAN CORNER

    At the time of 22nd February 2011 earthquake, Chris and I were literally in our 2nd week of living on Lowes Road in Rolleston.  We both were in Christchurch at 12.51pm that day (and after being told by him to stay put at my parents’ house in Bishopdale) Chris headed home from work, envisioning our …

  • 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 …

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