Triangle Centre

The term ‘Triangle Corner’ first appears in The Lyttelton Times in August 1864.  There appears to be no recorded history of how the name came in to being but it is quite obvious how this junction of Colombo, Cashel and High Streets became known as such.  These three roads made a triangle. When the Triangle …

First Ground Broken For Streets

Thanks to what has been stolen by the earthquakes, it is really hard to recognise where this photo (top left) was taken…trust me, I was standing there and couldn’t believe the changes all around me and I knew the street well. Embedded into the very pavement is a plaque acknowledging the spot where the very …

Memories of Elizabeth Hawdon nee Barker

Elizabeth Barker was the eldest daughter of Dr. A.C. Baker and his wife Emma. The Barkers arrived in Canterbury aboard the ‘Charlotte Jane’ on the 16th December 1850. Emma was pregnant with Elizabeth during the voyage. The couple already had three boys. Elizabeth was born on the morning of the 15th March 1851 under a …

First Ground Broken For Street -1851

Embedded into the very pavement of where High and Cashel Streets meet is a plaque acknowledging the spot where the very first ground was broken on a Christchurch street.  Up to this point, only survey pegs marked out the roads.  According the plaque, tussock was removed and the ruts left behind were filled in with …