Different Versions One Hears – Henry Sewell

“[Robert Heaton]Rhodes (otherwise Bob the nipper)was there.  What a different version one hears of the same story.  It had been told greatly to [John] Deans’ credit that when the first 4 ships came out Deans supplied the settlers with meat at 6d a lb, whilst Rhodes [pictured] raised the price to 8d a lb which …

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.  …

‘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 …

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 …

Henry Sewell – Worcester Street/Boulevard

“We have sketched out in our imagination a handsome central street running through the city, terminated at one end by the college and its gardens – at the other, the Cathedral in the Central Square”. – The first tree – the Albert Edward Oak – was planted in the Christchurch Botanical Gardens in 1863 – …

Golden Fleece Corner

By the time Dr. A.C Barker pulled out his hand-gun, he had been pushed to breaking point. As he focused the weapon on the swaying drunk that was taking a rest against the packing crates that made up his home, the Doctor repeated his previous ignored request that the intruder should move on… and at …

Henry Sewell (1807 – 1879)

Henry Sewell could do amazing things with money and numbers – which made him more than a little unpopular! Henry’s father died when he was teenager and left a £3000 debt over the family from a collapsed banking project. Maybe this was when Henry’s number skills became prominent as he tackled the debt full on. …

Edward Gibbon Wakefield (1796 – 1862)

Edward Gibbon Wakefield (1796 – 1862) could roll with the punches! Born in London, he was a politician who took a keen interest in colonisation, firstly with South Australia.Before all the drama started, Edward eloped with a very rich Eliza Pattle; his eyes not so fixed on his new bride but the £70,000 she came …