Bishop Henry James Chitty Harper (1804 – 1893)

Christchurch Cemeteries: Filling You In On Our Buried Past – Bishop Henry James Chitty Harper Date and Place of Birth: 9th January 1804 at Hampshire, England Date and Place of Death: 28th December 1893 at Bishopscourt, Christchurch. Roles in Early Canterbury and New Zealand: * 1st Anglican Bishop of Canterbury – 1856 to 1890 * …

Henry John Tancred (1816 – 1884)

Henry John Tancred had a career that would make anyone’s head spin!!! Born in the Isle of Wight in 1814, Henry became an officer in the Austrian Army. In 1848, he had a nasty fall from his horse which left him mildly handicapped. He took his sick leave in England and it was there that …

John Barton Arundel Acland (1823 – 1904)

John Barton Arundel Acland was born in Devon, England. After the best of education, John followed his father’s footsteps and became a lawyer. Through a fellow colleague, Charles George Tripp, John met some of the big names of The Canterbury Association including Christchurch’s founder John Robert Godley. Liking what they were hearing about Canterbury, the …

Cornerstone Of The Christchurch Cathedral Laid – 16th December 1864

December 16, 1864 was a very special day for Canterbury, for two very good reasons. Firstly, it was the 14th anniversary of the arrival of the Canterbury Association’s First Four Ships – the Charlotte Jane, the Randolph, the Sir George Seymour (arrived 17 Dec) and the Cressy (arrived 27 Dec). Secondly, the cornerstone of what …

Chaplin Harper Became Bishop Harper – 25th December 1856

On the 25th December 1856, at the Christmas Day service at Christ’s Church (St Michael and All Angels), Chaplin Henry John Chitty Harper became the first Canterbury Anglican Bishop, ordained by Bishop George Augustus Selwyn, the Bishop of New Zealand. Consecrated by Dr. Henry Bird Sumner, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Canterbury Association member, he …