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 …

The Hart Family

The first time I read about the Hart family, my imagination was stirred! Here was this family fresh off the ‘Cressy’ struggling through the tussock of the Canterbury Plains (after tramping over the Bridle Path and punting across the Heathcote), squinting into the blazing setting sun. They stop for breath, the father looking at his …

SOL Square – South of Lichfield

Around the end of the last century, as one strolled south down Manchester Street – not far from the corner of Lichfield Street – a dark narrow lane would soon appear on your right. As much as you would fight it, your eyes couldn’t resist a quick glance into the dimness.There is nothing there, an …