Rev. Charles Fraser (1823 – 1886)

Date and Place of Birth: 29th July 1823 at Aberden, Scotland Date and Place of Death: 25th August 1886 (place unknown) Roles in Early Canterbury: *Canterbury’s First Presbyterian Minister *Founder of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (situated at Rangi Ruru Girls High School since 1986), St Andrew’s College and Hagley Community College *Founding Member of the …

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 …

Katherine Wilson Lovell-Smith (1848 – 1934)

Katherine Wilson Lovell-Smith (1848 – 1934)   Died of old age     Place of Death: Christchurch * Formerly known as Kate Sheppard – Famous Suffrage Campaigner. * 1885 – Founder of New Zealand Women’s Christian Temperance Union. * 1887 – Appointed National Superintendent. * 1893 – Won New Zealand women the right to vote. * …

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 …

Bell’s Baths

In 1884, the Lyttelton Harbour Board was approached about building bathing sheds close to Cave Rock. Even though this board said no to the idea, the Sumner Town Board continued to look into the possibility. After deciding that the eastern end of The Esplanade was best, 11 acres of shoreline was put aside. A year …

Allan McLean (1822 – 1907)

Allan McLean (1822 – 1907)      Died of old age           Place of Death: Christchurch Behind the naming of the Suburb of McLeans Island.  Also built the McLeans Mansion on Manchester Street. Buried at Addington Cemetery, Christchurch The story of Allan McLean: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/mcleans-island-allan-mclean-1822-1907/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

Catherine Wilson Lovell-Smith nee Malcolm – Kate Sheppard (1848- 1934)

Catherine Wilson Lovell-Smith nee Malcolm – Kate Sheppard (1848- 1934)       Died of old age    Place of Death: Christchurch World Famous Suffragette. Buried in Addington Cemetery, Christchurch The story of Kate Sheppard: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/catherine-wilson-lovell-smith-nee-malcolm-kate-sheppard-1847-1934/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

Catherine Wilson Lovell-Smith nee Malcolm – Kate Sheppard (1848- 1934)

For world famous suffragette, Kate Sheppard, the following comment did little to put her off her ambitions… “…recommended to go home, look after their children, cook their husbands’ dinners, empty the slobs and generally attend to domestic affairs for which nature designed them; they should stop meddling in masculine concerns at which they are profoundly …