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 …

Purity, Piety, Philanthropy, Truth – John Robert Godley

“Mr [John Robert] Godley whom I remember as a boy at school thoroughly respected by all his schoolfellows, seems early in life to have been taught by the Tractarian movement at Oxford that the religion of a community should be its most important consideration…his letters have recently been published…and no volume of correspondence ever fell …

‘What A Strange Person’ – Captain Joseph Thomas

“You know what a strange person [Captain Joseph]Thomas is; and though [John Cowell] Boys and I received a handsome testimonial from him on the occasion of our discharge he has followed up the injury of disappointing us by constant snubbing and insulting conduct. However, we have restrained ourselves, taken everything quite coolly, and been careful …

He Read and Wrote Much But Spoke Little

I love nothing more than coming across a description during my studies that brings alive an historical figure like never before.  So, I thought I would share this one concerning our Founder, the man that did the long hours and pushed the pen to get Christchurch up and started, John Robert Godley. But first, the …