Arthur Morton Ollivier (1851 – 1897)

Arthur Morton Ollivier (1851 – 1897)          Died of illness      Place of Death: Christchurch * Professional New Zealand Cricketer  1867 – 1883 * Founded the Canterbury Chess Club 1877 * President of the Old Boys’ Association of Christ College  1895 – 1897 * Remembered in the naming of Mount Ollivier, Canterbury Buried at the …

John Ollivier (1812 – 1893)

John Ollivier (1812 – 1893)          Died of old age      Place of Death: Christchurch * Member of the Canterbury Provincial Council  1855 – 1866 * Member of Parliament  1856 – 1860 * Member of the Executive Council  1857 – 1860 * Member of the Christchurch Town Council  1863 – 1865 * Reason of the …

The Olliviers

It was late 1853 when the Ollivier family stepped off the ‘John Taylor’ to seize all the opportunities that were on offer in Canterbury and that they did, for generations to come. John Ollivier, the head of the family, was a publisher by trade.  After receiving the best education in France, the British born teenager …

William Dixon (1861- 1869)

It always stops you in your tracks when you come across a grave of a child. It’s hard to comprehend a young life finished and when by accident, it’s even worse. William Dixon Jnr was only 8 years and 7 months when he accidentally drowned in the family home on the 23rd October 1869. He …

Holy Smoke Smokehouse

When driving down Ferry Road, heading east through what is regarded as Woolston Village, I always find myself seeking out a building that I simply know as “…the Catherine Street…” abode and the fact that embedded in its walls, is the road sign for Catherine Street makes it even more intriguing. Now the home of …

Clement Goodwin Jones (1875-1908)

There was one thing that people knew about Clement Goodwin Jones for sure – he did not like motorbikes. On the 23rd December 1908, he showed up at Lancaster Park to climb aboard that very thing. Known as ‘Scorcher Jones’, Clement was a very well known Christchurch based cyclist. His whole life revolved around the …

George Victor Moncks (1876 – 1882)

“Without a moment’s warning, while busy at his play, this bight and fun loving fair-haired boy, was quickly snatched away”. On the day of the 22nd March 1882, 7 year old George Victor Moncks and friend were playing alongside the Avon Heathcote Estuary, not far from the Moncks’ Redcliffs home. The pair was trying to …

Eliza Moorhouse (? – 1899)

Not being able to ignore such a strong historic name, in spite of being 90% sure this was no relation to William Sefton Moorhouse, I just had to make sure. I stood there for a moment, recalling that William had arrived in Lyttelton in 1851 with his two brothers, Benjamin and Thomas…who was this J.C. …