William Bayly Bray (1812 – 1885)

William Bayly Bray (1812 – 1885)      Died of old age   Place of Death: Christchurch Behind the naming of the suburb of Avonhead. Buried at Woolston Cemetery, Christchurch The story of William Bayly Bray: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/avonhead-william-bayley-bray-1812-1885/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic.

The Avon River (Ōtākaro)

I can’t begin to fathom how surreal the afternoon/evening of the 16th December 1850 would have been for the Deans brothers. Especially as they may have stood in the doorway of the Deans Cottage while the shrieks and shouts of two stripped down male settlers splashed about in the Avon River – their echoes adding …