Samuel Bealey (1821 – 1909)

As the Bealey brothers – Samuel and John – made the most of their sea voyage to Lyttelton in 1851, they shared their ship, the ‘Cornwall’ with the Moorhouse brothers – William, Benjamin and Thomas – totally unaware how together, they would make Canterbury history. Samuel (pictured) was born in Lancashire, England in 1821. He …

Christchurch’s First Church Opened – 1851

After a long 13 years of restoration and upgrading, Christchurch’s first church, St Michael’s and All Angels reopened in 1872.  The foundation stone had been laid on the 29th September 1870. The church had faced the same problem as most of the buildings – including the Christchurch Cathedral – had during the 1860′s – lack …