To Be In Fact The Governor – Henry Sewell

“Altogether he [Captain Charles Simeon – remembered in the naming of Simeon Street] is not merely the fittest, but the only fit man.  To [James Edward] Fitzgerald the objections are manifold; though very clever he is wild and harum scarum.  A Superintendent, the chief executive person in the Colony should be especially slow and steady.  …

Captain Charles Simeon (1816 – 1867)

The story of the Simeon Family and that of Canterbury, New Zealand begins very much like the story of Canterbury itself. Sir John Simeon (pictured), like other lads from wealthy families, saw his teenage years in at Christ Church College in Oxford, as did his younger brothers, Charles and Cornwell. It was there that he …