Douglas Graham (1818 – 1872)

Douglas Graham (1818 – 1872)         Died in surgery      Place of Death: Christchurch Douglas Graham was the cousin of Jane Deans.  He was manager of Riccarton for 18 years.  Grahams Road and Springbank Street are named in his memory. Buried in Addington Cemetery, Christchurch The story of Douglas Graham: Photo taken by Chris Bulovic

Douglas Graham (1818 – 1872)

The news of finding coal at Homebush had been pretty exciting for the Deans and all concerned. James McIlraith – Jane Deans’ half brother and manager of Homebush – and Julius van Haast – the founder of the Canterbury Museum – had made the discovery in the late 1870’s. Just two years later, a coal …

Ebenezer Hay 1814 – 1863

Ebenezer Hay 1814 – 1863       Died of a Broken Neck       Place of Death: Bridle Path, Christchurch Behind the naming of Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula Buried at Addington Cemetery in Christchurch The story of the Hay Family: Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

The Hay Family – Annadale – Pigeon Bay

Ebenezer Hay upset an entire family when he fell in love with Agnes Orr. Anges lived just two miles away from the Deans and McIlraith’s families at Annadale Farm in Ayrshire, Scotland. No one suffered more from this union of Ebe and Agnes than her father who was alarmed to learn that his favourite daughter …

Stephen & Rebecca Brooker

Stephen & Rebecca Brooker Behind the naming of the suburb New Brighton Buried at Addington Cemetery in Christchurch The story of the Brooker Family: Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

The Brooker Family Memorial Seat

Was very surprised to come across this memorial plaque on a seat in Victoria Square. I had seen the graves of Stephen and Rebecca Brooker in Addington Cemetery and knew their story. It goes like this: William Free was just 10 years old when he arrived in Lyttelton on the “Cressy”. 10 or so days …

William Boag

William Boag 1828 – 1904   Died of old age The settler behind the naming of the suburb of Burnside. Buried at Addington Cemetery, Christchurch To read the story of William Boag: *Photo taken by Annette Bulovic*

BURNSIDE – William Boag (1828 – 1904)

What made William Boag walk from Lyttelton to Pigeon Bay to seek work straight off his ship in 1851, we may never know. Was it watching the hundreds of pilgrims pile over the Bridle Path, that made him take off in the opposite direction with no money, nothing going for him except the determination that …