William Guise Brittan (1809 – 1876)

Date and Place of Birth: 3rd December 1809 at Gloucester, South West England. Date and Place of Death:  18th July 1876 at Cashel Street West, Christchurch. An Canterbury Association Settler:  Arrived on the ‘Sir George Seymour’ – 17th December 1850 Roles in Early Canterbury: * Member of the Canterbury Association * Acting Surgeon Superintendent on …

William Francis Warner (1836 – 1896)

Growing up with older siblings, it was common place for my sister to get all dolled up and head out to meet with friends at Warners, the pub and hotel in Cathedral Square. Old Warners didn’t fight well against the earthquakes and is now an empty lot. The old historic icon in Cathedral Square is …

Stephen & Rebecca Brooker

Stephen & Rebecca Brooker Behind the naming of the suburb New Brighton Buried at Addington Cemetery in Christchurch The story of the Brooker Family: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/the-brooker-family-memorial-seat/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

The Brooker Family Memorial Seat

Was very surprised to come across this memorial plaque on a seat in Victoria Square. I had seen the graves of Stephen and Rebecca Brooker in Addington Cemetery and knew their story. It goes like this: William Free was just 10 years old when he arrived in Lyttelton on the “Cressy”. 10 or so days …