Sir Robert Heaton Rhodes (1861 – 1956)

Sir Robert Heaton Rhodes (1861 – 1956)          Died of old age       Place of Death: Tai Tapu 1880’s – 1900’s Volunteer for the Canterbury Yeomen’s Cavalry 1896 – 1896 President of Canterbury Agriculture and Pastoral Association 1899 – 1925 Member of the House of Representatives 1902 – 1921 Member of …

Sir Robert Heaton Rhodes (1861 – 1956)

Few New Zealanders have achieved such prominence or popularity, received such high honours, or been more sincerely admired and respected in their own lifetime than Heaton Rhodes. Blessed with intelligence, talent, good looks and wealth, he made the most of his advantages. He excelled at many things, and is remembered in Canterbury as the province’s …

The Rhodes Spring

Harry Ell – a Cantab lad, visionary and lover of the Port Hills – had visions of walkers and travellers enjoying a network of scenic reserves along the Port Hills connected by a road with rest-houses along the way – right through to Akaroa.He planned just under 20 rest-houses along what would start off as …

Cooper’s Knob

No one today could begin to imagine what went through the mind of the Ngati Mamoe’s Chief Mawete as he scrambled up the side of Whakaraupō (Lyttleton Harbour) with the rest of his fishing party beside him. Behind them were warriors of the North Island Ngai Tahu and their ambush at Maori Valley (Gebbies Pass) …

Good Pioneer Friends

The names of Rhodes and Barker, for Canterbury historians and alike, represent a delicious smorgasbord of old photos, journals, homesteads, memorials and real-life colourful characters who made the swamps and Toi Toi of Canterbury their home. The Rhodes Brothers – William, George and Robert – had settled on Banks Peninsula – from Akaroa in the …

Jessie Cooper Rhodes

Jessie Cooper Rhodes nee Clark   1865 – 1929   Died of a Cerebal Haemorrhage  Died in Tai Tapu Married to Sir Heaton Rhodes Buried at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Papanui, Christchurch Read the story of Jessie Cooper Rhodes: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/jessie-cooper-rhodes-1865-1929/ *Photo taken by Annette Bulovic*

Jessie Cooper Rhodes (1865 – 1929)

Just had to share this photo of this beautiful lady, dressed in her best. Her name is Jessie Rhodes “the Lady of Otahuna” – of the Rhodes’ estate in Tai Tapu. From birth, Jessie Rhodes (nee Clark) had the world laid at her feet. Born into a wealthy family, she was destined to rub shoulders …