Robert Heaton Rhodes (1815 – 1884)

Robert Heaton Rhodes (1815 – 1884)      Died of old age     Place of Death: Christchurch * The suburb of Elmwood is named after Robert’s estate of Elmwood, now Heaton Normal Int. School and Elmwood Park. * Father of Sir Heaton Rhodes. * 1853 – 1862 – Member of the Canterbury Provincial Council * …

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 …

Edmund Spencer (1828 – 1911)

Edmund Spencer (1828 – 1911)    Died of old age      Place of Death: Christchurch * Owner of Spencerville Farm – now the suburb of Spencerville * Founder of Spencerville School, now known as Belfast Primary School * Member of the Waimairi County Council Buried at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Papanui, Christchurch. The story …

Horner’s Corner

I’m sure as William Horner (1832 – 1905) walked down Papanui Road to work, he would glance over towards St Paul’s Anglican Church and dream – his destiny was very much laid out before him in Papanui. William and his wife Mary Proctor arrived in Lyttelton in 1859.  They first settled there – where William …

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 …

Thomas Smith Duncan (1821 – 1884)

Thomas Smith Duncan (1821 – 1884)       Died of old age   Place of Death: Christchurch Behind the naming of the suburb of Strowan.  Was the founder of the law firm of Duncan Cotterill. Buried at St Paul’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Papanui, Christchurch The story of Thomas Smith Duncan: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/strowan-thomas-smith-duncan-1821-1884/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic.