Cranmer Courts

“….having spread the mortar, the stone was lowered to its place, and striking it with the mallet his Excellency said, “I declare this stone to be well and truly laid, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.” ~ Lyttelton Times 1873 What a proud moment for …

Captain Joseph Thomas (1803 – ?)

Captain Joseph Thomas is easily the most forgotten man in Christchurch’s history. Born in 1803, Joseph was educated at the Royal Military College – so naturally he spent the beginning of his working life in the Army. He served in India and the West Indies, retiring in 1830. He travelled to South America where he …

Canterbury’s First Rugby Match – 1863

The first ever Rugby game was played in Cranmer Square in 1863. The two-hour game was played between Christ’s College and the Gentlemen of Christchurch – ending in a draw, 1 try scored by each team. The same day, the Christchurch Football Club formed and is now the oldest club in New Zealand. The Club …