William Guise Brittan (1807 – 1876)

William Guise Brittan arrived in Christchurch on the Sir George Seymour, one of the first four ships.  William’s main occupation before his journey was as a surgeon, serving as the doctor on board the Sir George Seymour! But once in Christchurch, he never practised medicine again. He became the Commissioner of Crown Land and was …

The Rhodes Brothers

William Barnard Rhodes (1807 – 1878) was the eldest of his 13 siblings and the first to arrive in New Zealand out of his 5 brothers! As Captain and co-owner of the ship ‘Harriet’, William saw a lot of the world. In 1836, while employed by the firm of Cooper and Levy, William sailed into …

Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort (1825 – 1898)

Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort stepped off the Charlotte Jane – full of ambition and cathedral-sized dreams! Born in Birmingham, England, the young Benjamin moved to London and studied architecture. Finishing his studies in 1848, he rolled up his sleeves and practised his new trade right there in London. With Emily, his wife of 18 days, his …

Walpole Cheshyre Fendall (1830 – 1913)

Walpole Cheshire Fendall 1830 – 1913 Behind the naming of the suburb Fendalton. Buried at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Papanui, Christchurch Read the story of Walpole Cheshire Fendall: http://www.peelingbackhistory.co.nz/fendalton-walpole-cheshire-fendall-1830-1913/ Photo taken by Annette Bulovic

Godley’s Farewell Spot

On the right hand-side as you drive into the Riccarton Ave carpark of Hagley Park (by the tennis courts) sits this historical gem. The memorial tablet acknowledges the departure of John Robert Godley from New Zealand, the founder of Canterbury in 1852. This breakfast event was set up in a spacious marquee, catered by 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 …