Edward Jerningham Wakefield (1820-1879)

Edward Jerningham Wakefield (1820-1879) had a lot going for him – he really had the world laid out before him. Born to Edward Gibbon Wakefield and Eliza Pattle in London, he became a member of a family that made colonising New Zealand a family business! Jerningham (as I will call him to save confusion with …

Walpole Cheshyre Fendall (1830 – 1913)

Walpole Cheshire Fendall 1830 – 1913 Behind the naming of the suburb Fendalton. Buried at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Papanui, Christchurch Read the story of Walpole Cheshire Fendall: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/fendalton-walpole-cheshire-fendall-1830-1913/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

BURNSIDE – William Boag (1828 – 1904)

What made William Boag walk from Lyttelton to Pigeon Bay to seek work straight off his ship in 1851, we may never know. Was it watching the hundreds of pilgrims pile over the Bridle Path, that made him take off in the opposite direction with no money, nothing going for him except the determination that …

BRYNDWR – Charles Jeffery (1821 – 1904)

Charles was born in Cardiganshire, Wales in 1821. He married Clara in 1851 and with her came 100 acres of the new colony of New Zealand, and more importantly Christchurch. The Jeffery’s arrived in 1853 and took up their land in what was then called Fendall Town. These days we know that area as Fendalton. …