Edward Gibbon Wakefield – It Is A Blessing

“It is a blessing that women love needlework; it has the same soothing effect upon their minds that a pipe has upon men’s”. Edward Gibbon Wakefield *The Father of New Zealand – the owner of the New Zealand Company and co-founder of the Canterbury Association* *image courtesy of Join Me In The 1900’s – http://www.1900s.org.uk

‘No Means Favourites Here’ – Edward Gibbon Wakefield and Henry Sewell

“You will see that E.G. [Edward Gibbon]Wakefield (pictured) and Mr. [Henry] Sewell are no means favourites  here, and that they will find more difficulty than they anticipated in saddling the colony with the [Canterbury] Association’s debt, or selling certain lands and buildings which are either reserved for the public purposes or built with the money …

Edward Gibbon Wakefield – Intending Colonists Of The Higher Class

“I find that my notion of a distinct  settlement in New Zealand, under the patronage of a powerful body in this country, desirous of spreading the Church of England, stands a good chance of being realized sooner than we expected.  The subject has been fully considered, and at length something like practical conclusions have been …

CARLTON CORNER

As the First Four ships sat at anchor in Lyttelton Harbour that warm December 1850, rural section 6 sat waiting for its owner to make it into something wonderful.  Business partners Charles Weatherby and Henry Gordon had intended to be part of the first wave of settlers to Canterbury but their names were never on …

Sir William Fox (1812 – 1893)

After reading about Sir William Fox and getting the idea that he tended to go where the wind took him, I can’t ignore the fact that today, we do not have a clear idea of what William was really like.  The descriptions of his personality and values go from one side of the scales to …

Edward Gibbon Wakefield (1796 – 1862)

Edward Gibbon Wakefield (1796 – 1862)     Died of Rheumatic Fever and Neuralgia  Place of Death: Wellington Founder of The New Zealand Company.  Co- Founder of the Canterbury Association. Buried at Bolten Street Cemetery, Wellington. The story of Edward Gibbon Wakefield: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/edward-gibbon-wakefield-1796-1862/ Photo taken by Chris Bulovic

CHRISTCHURCH & CANTERBURY – Edward Gibbon Wakefield (1796 – 1862) John Robert Godley (1814 – 1861)

So, what are cities built on? Before all the politically correct answers start rolling through your mind, the answer is much simpler than that…a city is built on a dream. Edward Gibbon Wakefield (Owner of the New Zealand Company) and John Robert Godley (pictured) shared the same dream. In 1848, they founded the Canterbury Association …

The Treaty Of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi in uber size at the Beehive in Wellington. It was a very cool thing to see up close but most of us really don’t know about the events before this historical document came into being. Figured I would start from the beginning: * 1000 – 1200 AD: Kupe, a great Polynesian …

Deans Head

I’m sure as the schooner ‘Ballet’ sailed down the east coast of the Middle (South) Island, William Deans leaned against the deck railing and watched the passing coastline with great interest. He was aboard Captain Edward Daniell’s schooner as an approved stow-away and he held great hopes for what he might find down on the …