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Name: john jenkins <odrjen@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2014-11-21
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? farming new start
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? arundel
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the veiws
Comments:
me again,im looking for Minnie docking she arrived with her sister ellen docking in 1873 on the Columbus,ellen married? George gardiner then died 1877 after her second child but what happened to Minnie??any help would be great thanks
 

Name: Marion <Hansen>
Date: 2014-11-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Opportunities for a new life, work.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, I do.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? My family history.
Comments:
I apologise for errors foolishly made in my 1st signing of the guestbook! My ancestors, John Murfitt & Mary Ann nee Topp & family on the Strathallan, arrived Timaru 1859; Charles Baker & wife Martha nee Goater & children, on the Mary Ann arrived 1859, Christchurch. Three generations of my Smith family (males) arrived in Christchurch on the Matoaka, 1860. My grt grandfather Thomas Smith had a flour mill in Rangiora, until times grew hard. He took his large family and wife, Ellen Usley nee Murfitt to live in Timaru. I have ancestors buried in Timaru Cemetery. Times were still very hard there for all these families. Marion 2014
 

Name: Marion <Hansen>
Date: 2014-11-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Hard times in their home countries. New opportunities opening up in NZ?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, I do.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The history, the people, the scenery.
Comments:
My Murfitt ancestors arrived on the Strathallan 1959 - the first immigrant ship to Timaru, though the Murfitt family's destination was Port Cooper and they disembarked there. My Smith ancestors who arrived in NZ on the Matoaka 1960, moved from Rangiora to Timaru when flour was undergoing change and times were hard. My Baker family, came to Christchurch on the Mary Ann 1959 and settled in Timaru. Two of the sons were boatmen, Thomas & John Baker. Their brother-in-law, Francisco Scorringi married in Riccarton, lived in Ferry Road, Christchurch, then moved to Timaru with his wife and children 1871. M J Hansen 2014
 

Name: Betty Morgan <blossom1946@vodafone.net.nz>
Date: 2014-09-22
Comments:
I had a look at this site and it really looks good. I will come back to it later.
 

Name: Diane Fairweather <menzl17@yahoo.co.nz>
Date: 2014-07-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Work opportunities and better conditions
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? It is where my ancestors arrived and lived
Comments:
I am searching for information about my great grandfather Michael Seyb who was born 6/8/1850 in Kindenheim, Rheinland Pflaz, Germany. He came to Timaru from Germany with his brother Johann Georg Seyb. Michael met and married my great grandmother Sylvia Louise Morgan who was born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England 31/5/1864. She died in Timaru on the 8/1/1904. My grandfather Henry Michael Seyb was born in Timaru 13/6/1889. He married Marion Elizabeth Sim born 5/12/1893 in Aberlour, Moray, Scotland. I understand the Seyb’s were roading contractors in and around Timaru. My father Michael Seyb was born in Timaru in 23/5/1921.
 

Name: Karen Richards <karen.brendon67@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-06-09
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better conditions and work opportunities
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Not sure.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? My ancestors arrived there.
Comments:
I am searching for information about Carrie Ethel Adams, the daughter of Caroline and Samuel Adams, who was born in Waimate 26/04/1884.There seems to be a family mystery surrounding her leaving the family home due to some sort of disgrace. She later became Mrs Meredith and her last know address was 100 Matsons Road, Christchurch, 1935.
 

Name: Cathy O'Connell <cathypeter@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2014-06-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Escape the Irish famine I guess
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I think so.
Comments:
What a great website! Thank you. I am researching the O'CONNELL (sometimes CONNELL) families who farmed at/near Temuka, Level Plains I think.

Three brothers (Frank, Patrick and Denis) and one sister (Margaret) came out from Kerry in the 1870s approximately. I have a public family tree named O'Connell at www.ancestry.co.au. Other related names are:

Horgan
Teahan (Taehen)
Moriarty
Brosnahan

Interested in making contact with any relatives to share info.

 

Name: Mandie Simpson <mandiesimpson132@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-05-13
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? farming
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? my family are still in Albury
What do you like best about South Canterbury? fresh air, mountains, skiing..the beauty
Comments:
Just looking for photo's etc to remind me of the area

 

Name: M Forster <mafrstr@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2014-05-05
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? I don't know?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? A dead great aunt. B.1886. Died 1967.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? I corresponded until her death. I was then 23 years old.
Comments:
My Great Aunt, Amy Hammick, lived at number 21 Roxburgh Street, Christchurch 2. I am sitting reading one of her letters dated 24th August 1965. Her English record show her as having married a David Jamieson in Prescott, Lancashire in about 1906 but I cannot find any records of a Mr Hammick. I know she had either sons, or grandsons, called David, Bruce and Alan. There was also a Brian who visited Canada in 1965 after having spent 3 months on the continent. I think Bruce was a Minister.
 

Name: Sue Grant <sgrant1@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2014-04-21
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? not sure ?family ties?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? visiting extended family
Comments:
I was looking into my mothers family - john reid dick and discover an uncle she didn't know of - Johnny DICK who had a threshing mill at fairlie which is mentioned in a history mag anniversary of fairlie? Anyway a photocopy of a photograph of johnny Dick with CCH Doyle was with it - I would like to know where the photo is and can I get a better copy of it also any descendants of Johnny Dick and wife Margaret
 

Name: John Shears <shears82@gmail.comLack>
Date: 2014-01-18
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Lack of work in London
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Growing up In Fairlie
Comments:
Would Like to see the Shears family name in the listing of immigrants , have sent one email but must have done something wrong ?;

The entry about brickmaking is excellent and I can supply some photos that couldbe be added.

 

Name: Elizabeth McKay <eamckay@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-01-14
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Escaping Irish famine?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? unknown
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Sorry, only driven through from Mid-Canterbury.
Comments:
James McCormack and Ellen Hennessy were my ggrandparents. I know little about them. Their daughter, Johanna, was my maternal grandmother, who was born in Oamaru, married in Timaru in 1894, and died in Christchurch around 1942.
Love to hear from anyone who has a connection with James and Ellen.

 

Name: Marilyn Wilson <genes0099@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-10-14
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Waimate & Timaru
Comments:
Visiting Geraldine in December & hoping to add to my research on David & Mary Stewart Cunningham. These Scottish settlers were married at Waihi Bush, Geraldine on 28th October 1868. I believe there is a Historical Society Museum in Geraldine, which I hope is still open 19th / 20th December 2013.I cannot find a contact detail for this online. Any other suggestions where I might find information & hopefully daughter Jane Cunningham's 1868 birth? Jane. must have been born shortly before, or just after parent's marriage. I can find no record online - NZbmd. With thanks, Marilyn, Brisbane, Australia
 

Name: Terry AUSTIN <taustin@actrix.co.nz>
Date: 2013-09-23
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? The Austin clan in Timaru
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Like roaming the alps and big open spaces.
Comments:
Hi, currently researching my ancestors that served in WW1.

looking for more info/surviving family on:
1.William Ernest AUSTIN NZ 49214 b 1.3.1897 d 22.3.1972-Wanganui – Religion listed as Salvation Army, born in Weston near Oamaru, father was Ernest Edward AUSTIN & mother Catherine AUSTIN.
2.Albert William AUSTIN NZ 16799 b 3.12 1876 d? married to Jane Lindsay AUSTIN.
3.Albert Henry Austin NZ 6/1454 b 22.8.1894 d 28.3.1918
4.George Herbert Austin NZ 22298, Religion Pres, b 8.8.1891 d 7.1 1961(NOK listed as Mr W.J Austin in 1961 Invercargill – though a W.J Austin died in 1942 Also listed a Mrs W.Austin as NOK when enlisting)

My brief history: I was born Chch 8.11.61 & my father J.R Austin in Kurow. I served 20 yrs in the RNZAF. All of the above apart from number 4 are my grandparents/g/grand/uncle. I have accessed their war records but seek more precise info if it's out there?

 

Name: Sandra Murphy <somers1949@orcon.net.nz>
Date: 2013-08-17
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? unsure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the picturesque beauty
Comments:
WEBB/FERGUSSON/BROWN interests within the area of Waihi Bush, Woodbury, Geraldine.
 

Name: Ian Bowie <ibbowie@bigpond.net.au>
Date: 2012-06-25
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? D B Bowie was Ballantynes manager 1883-6; G W Gardner was long-time Timaru Herald manager.Both ended up in Christchurch
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? none known
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the plains and the mountains
Comments:
FYI in relation to Sergeant Stanley Bruce Thomson KIA 12/10/1917) you raise on your website a question as to his age. For the record he was born on 31.01.1890 in Enmore NSW, to Helen Broom Thomson nee Bowie and George Thomson both of whom had had Timaru connections but had eloped (I understand) to Sydney.

So far as I know Stanley had no children but he did have a half sister Thelma Waima Austin born 15 May 1910 to HBT and her second husband Edgar Austin. I believe that Thelma married and had child/children but didn’t have the nouse at the time to keep in touch with a cousin who contacted me over forty years ago.

While my relationship to Stanley is remote (first cousin once removed) I have been intrigued by a number of aspects of ‘his’ story as I’ve researched my wider Bowie history, including with the hope of finding that cousin who contacted me when I lived in Scotland. The curiosities include

• That HBT claimed to have been divorced when she married Austin in 1909 but no record of the divorce has been found in NSW or NZ (she was divorced from Austin also, in 1939)
• I cannot find when George or HBT or SBT returned to NZ but later records put HBT in Dannevirke and Wellington, and SBT in Christchurch, Wanganui and Wellington.
• The next of kin of SBT are given as EH Bowie, his grandmother in Christchurch in the NZ Army/NZ Archives record but Mrs E Austin, his mother in Dannevirke, in the Auckland Cenotaph record
• Yet a memorial to SBT apparently is inscribed on his father’s burial plot (20 March 1929) Timaru cemetery plot 525, which suggests some sorth of continuing relationship between SBT and George.

I’m sure this is more than you need to know. For what it’s worth I might add that a first cousin of SBT still living in Carterton has a war-time diary of SBT’s. I gather the diary is full of what seems to be insignificant content and don’t’ know how it got to Kathleen (who is currently inclined to hold on to it)

 

Name: Jan Julius <peter_julius333@yahoo.co.nz>
Date: 2012-06-22
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? A better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, Temuka, Timaru and environs
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The people and countryside
Comments:
A MYSTERY. CAN ANYONE HELP. My grandmother who died in 1918 was Catherine Barrett who married John Coughlan. Catherine's parents, Michael Barrett and Mary Brosnahan died within 3 months of each other in 1879 and they left 6 children aged between 2 and 10. My grandmother in turn died young and my mother did not remember her and so did not know much about her. My query is who brought up those 6 children. Maybe some viewer of this great site has a story from their family history of their ancestors taking in some of the Barrett children. I would love to hear from you as I am 75 and before I "kick the bucketg" I would love to have even a partial answer to this mystery. Contact me at my email peter_julius333@yahoo.co.nz. Many thanks.
 

Name: j jenkins <odrjen@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2012-05-21
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? unsure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? a few
What do you like best about South Canterbury? general area and well being
Comments:
john here im still looking for decendants of dugald allen,ellen/adeliade dorking, george gardiner, george jenkins, alice durnin, maria tryphena jenkins in this area about 1870-----1899
 

Name: lez <naulez@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-05-20
Comments:
g'day Olwyun
just letting you know that i still visit the site on a regular basis
regards
lez

 

Name: Jeremy Sutherland <jtgsutherland@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2012-04-23
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? the usual 19th Century hopes & dreams
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Mackenzie & Temuka
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Best of everything
Comments:
I spend hours reading these sites, in particular Albury, Military, Brewery, Pub and Rugby history (not in any particular order). All good stuff.
 

Name: Lyndsey Gilbert <l.gilbert@paradise.net.nz>
Date: 2012-01-15
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Work, I think. They were assisted immigrants on the Carisbrook Castle, 1874
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Possibly
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Amazing but at times desolate scenery
Comments:
I am researching the Joines family who arrived in Canterbury in 1874 from Banbury in Oxfordshire. They mostly lived in and around the Springfield/Porter’s Pass area. Thomas and Sarah Joines were the head of the family. Their sons and daughters married into the Werges, Neugeschwender, Kerr, Hughes and Lapthorn families. My grandmother, Olive, their second youngest daughter married Thomas Barnard. My particular interest in your site was the photograph of my first cousin once removed, Frank Edward Joines, on Mt Peel station. There is also mention of him elsewhere on the site. My mother had told me that he had been head shepherd on Mt Peel and this is the closest I have come to finding proof. If anyone would be willing to share anything about the Joines family, I would be very grateful and in return would share what I know. Thanks.
 

Name: Dorothy Andrews <ndandrews@farmside.co.nzTimaru, Temuka>
Date: 2011-08-25
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Timaru, Temuka, Geraldine
What do you like best about South Canterbury? beauty, Caroline Bay, weather
Comments:
I am researching the below names and would love contact with anyone who may have any info :

Stevens, Gilbert, Weavers, Jones. These guys settled in the Timaru/ Temuka/ Geraldine areas.

 

Name: lez <naulez@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-08-15
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? pioneers of spirit with a desire to succeed in an unknown land
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes.waimate & timaru
What do you like best about South Canterbury? its home
Comments:
my forefathers came from england & ireland but i don't know when or how.which leads to my question;is there anybody doing or has done research on the hayhurst,naughton,looker & delury families?i can trace each back to about 1890 only.any assistance will be great.thanks.regards,L
 

Name: sue bound <s.bound@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2011-06-29
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? work
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? washdyke
What do you like best about South Canterbury? timaru gardens, shopping, tony rippon, genie group
Comments:
How can i find out more about whether I can use any photos on your website for publication purposes. eg City of perth/benvenue, the wrecks monument
 

Name: pauline houston <iw.pahouston@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2011-06-05
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? reason unknown
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
Comments:
I have recently discovered that my great great grandfather WILLIAM WELSH was a Blacksmith at Pleasant Point.
- He arrived in NZ from Scotland and the first record I can find of him was in the Timaru Elect. Roll of 1880.
- In 1878 he married a lady called RHODA NIBLET (or maybe Nesbitt). It would appear Rhoda was a Widow when she married William.
- William and Rhoda had 8 children; sadly Archibald their eldest died aged 2 after eating matches. He is buried at Pleasant Point along with a wee 3m old sister Jane. Their other children were Cecilia Matipo, Alexander McArthur, Archibald John, Agnes, Jane Carlyle, and Hilary Greta Gypsy.
- Somewhere between 1896 and 1900 they moved to ChCh were he continued to be a Blacksmith.
- He died in 1916.
- All record of Rhoda Welsh cease about this time however I wonder if she remarried to become Rhoda Wilson, or was this her maiden name or first married name - lots of questions!

Does any one have any information about the Welsh or Niblett families of this area, when, why and how they arrived and about his occupation as a Blacksmith at Pleasant Point.

I also wonder who the witness' were at their wedding at the Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Point, namely Mary Ann Opie ?teacher and Alex MacDonald ?Baker.

I would be delighted if some gaps could be filled in and am more than happy to share information.

Kind Regards


 

Name: Kaye Blanchard <kblanchardnz@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-05-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Have know idea
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I would like to think so.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? I think the South Island is very beautiful and the people so friendly
Comments:
I am researching my family tree the WILSON my Great Grandfather was just 3 years old when he arrived in Timaru from Melbourne in 1854.He married Margaret Thompson in Timaru on the 19th July 1876. William Robert Wilson parents were John & Elizabeth and I can not find any information about how they arrived in Timaru. William & Margaret had 4 children born in Farlie Creek the 4 more Children born in Bulls North Island ranging from 1877 to 1896. I would appreciate any information about my family one has. Regards Kaye
 

Name: Jim Clarke <jwclarke@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2011-04-29
Comments:
John (Jock) Fraser born 9 May 1814 in Dores, Inverness, Scotland son of James Fraser and Shara Scott. He arrived in Nelson, New Zealand in November 1841 on board the "Whitby". He had three wives Margaret Robertson, Helen McEwan, and Mary Booker. He drove sheep from Nelson to the McKenzie country and laid claim to many stations in that area, namely Braemar, Ben Ohau, Black Forrest and Tasman Island before retiring to Pleasant Point, South Canterbury, New Zealand. Jock is my 3rd great grandfather should anyone have a family link I would be delighted to compare and exchange family details.
 

Name: John Kelland <j.kelland@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2011-03-22
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Extensive farm land
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
Comments:
I am John Kelland and my great great grandfather settled in South Canterbury in 1864. He built The Barton behind Timaru and also Northdown on Kellands Hill. I have good records of the John Kelland line but am interested in William, Edwin and Richard's lines. One of the families farmed at Orton.
Does anyone have the information??

 

Name: Andrew Maze <andrew.maze@btconnect.com>
Date: 2011-02-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Post-famine Ireland - farmed from 1864
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Rolling hills, mountains to the west, rivers and family heritage
Comments:
I am just updating my post / insertion from about 6 years ago. My family name is Maze and between various relatives, we have constructed a reasonably comprehensive family tree than includes many South Canterbury families and surnames.

The Maze’s lived at Milford (just north of Timaru) and from the 1900’s at Pleasant Point. They farmed two farms, “Downlandsö which used to border the cemetery and “Totara Flatsö. My grandfather was born in the cottage located at the bottom of the road to the cemetery.

Names that appear including the Maze surname include:

Maze, Jessep (Jessop), Tooley, Bates, O’Brien, Morgan, Rogers, Creer and others.

I have an assortment of information that I can send to interested parties, photo’s and other bits and pieces.

If you’d like to contact me I can be emailed on andrew.maze@btconnect.com

 

Name: Carole <caroleanderic@wanadoo.fr>
Date: 2011-02-07
Comments:
Hi there
I am currently researching the family of Alan Philip Ball (1912-1988)from Timaru who married Lilian Grace Harvey in Opawas in 1938. I would be pleased to hear from anyone from that family or who has any information.
I don't know why the Harvey family settled in NZ, but from the photos I can see why they loved it so much.
Regards, Carole

 

Name: Maria Godinet-Watts <godinet-watts@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2010-12-06
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? g-g-g-grandfather emigrated from england with wife who died in ChCh then re-married and settled in Waitora Flats
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Mainly in Timaru
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Spent a lot of my childhood there with cousins.
Comments:
Thank you for the Elsom information. I'm now on the hunt for my grandmothers isde. She was Grace Campbell-McKellar and married Howard Elsom. We think she had at least 3 brothers and a sister Mary who we belive married a gentleman named Owens. Mary had a daughter who died @ 19 and they are both buried in Timaru cementry but no mention of the husband father. Grace is buried with Howard in Timaru. We can't find anything about the Campbell-Mckellars. thanks
 

Name: Maria Godinet-Watts <godinet-watts@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2010-11-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? farming opportunities
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes. Timaru
What do you like best about South Canterbury? family
Comments:
My mother was a Elsom. her parents were Elsom & Campbell. She has gone but still have a sister living in Timaru and heaps of cousins. Day/Dore/Clements. Maria
 

Name: Marianne Cummins <office.manager@genealogy.org.nz>
Date: 2010-09-12
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? they didn't
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? no
What do you like best about South Canterbury? haven't visited yet
Comments:
Just wanted to have a look at the South Canterbury Website to see what they did and how it was presented. All very good, like the select a link portion.

kind regards

 

Name: Anita Manning <manning_aj@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-08-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Employment
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? possibly
Comments:
Several branches of my family have lived in South Canterbury over the years...

I am particulary looking for info on my G Grandmother's brother - who was the only sibling of hers to have children.

James Alexander LOVE married Irene Isabel TYSON
Had two daughters, Margaret and Jean M.

James & Irene lived for some time in Kakanui, but I believe the girls may have married and lived in Timaru. One possible name that came up was FIRMAN.

Would love to hear from anyone who could help! :)

 

Name: Linda Marriner <lindam7@bigpond.com>
Date: 2010-07-24
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? No Idea
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Not sure
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Never been there so don't know - looks very beautiful though
Comments:
I am wanting more information on my Great Grandfather, JOHN FRANCIS HAGEN-PRATT b 4th November 1868 Woodspoint Victoria Australia. Married MARY DAY b 27th April 1879, Levels Plain, Timaru NZ. Occupation Carpenter.

Parents of JOHN FRANCIS HAGEN-PRATT are JOHN HAGEN b 1826, Lancaster, USA & ANNA? (or ANNE, ANN) PRATT b 1844, Limerick, Ireland. Married 4th November 1866, Woodspoint Vic. JOHN was a widower in 1848. Occupation Miner.

Their parents are GEORGE HAGAN & BETHANY LINES, USA. Occupation Blacksmith – and JOHN PRATT & ELLEN RYAN, England? Occupation Barracks master?

Parents of MARY DAY are ROBERT DAY b 1849, Yorkshire, England & MARY LUEY b c1851, County Kemp, Ireland. Married 27th December 1870, Timaru, NZ. Occupation Farmer.

 

Name: john jenkins <odrjen@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2010-06-25
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? farming/not sure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? life style
Comments:
hi im john great/great grandson of george charles and maria trypheha jenkins.they had john,george,annie,ellen,robert,william,ruth,rose,maryjane and louise at peel forest.george married a pullman, louise married a dunford,these two familys went north to auckland area.dunford then married a hadley.im trying to locate my generation family, help please john
 

Name: Kathleen Grant <kjgrant@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2010-05-10
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Emigrated as a surveyor
Comments:
I am a great-great-niece of Samuel Hewlings
(his niece, Mary Hewlings was my great-grandmother and married Walter Kitson, another prominent Canterbury surveyor; her sister, Alice Hewlings also came out from Liecester, England and married Robert Alexander Chisholm).

 

Name: Carlene Reilly <vcreilly@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2010-04-03
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the scenery
Comments:
Searching REILLY, BUCK, BURNETT, HARRIS families mainly TIMARU Rangitata Island, Orari, Temuka areas. A few years ago I visited this site but had a different email then. Hope to hear from any ancestors or family. Reillys came to Timaru on the Cresswell in 1859. Carlene
 

Name: Moira Hunt <mohunt@kinect.co.nz>
Date: 2010-04-03
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Land ownership.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Nostalgia of Mackenzie area.
Comments:
Great site. Am a descendant of A.B. Smith. Would like to comment that the photo of two men under the Mackenzie Collie Dog Club. Man on left holding the cup is Mr A.S. Smith who was the son of A.B. Smith and a founding and life member of the Mackenzie Collie Dog club. Don't know the name of the man on the right. Could someone please look into this as the information given on the article would appear to be wrong?
 

Name: Barb Balcombe <balcs1@bigpond.net.au>
Date: 2010-03-10
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? unknown
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? no
Comments:
Hi I just wanted to let you know that my ancestors arrived in South Canterbury on the Carisbrook Castle and during that voyage 2 of my infant relations died as listed on that website. You don't have their surnames but I do. Clara (died 11/8) and Catherine (died 15/7) Their surname is MINES - their parents where Nathan and Catherine Mines.
I am not sure if you update these things but just thought this information may be useful!
Regards
Barb Balcombe
Australia

 

Name: Simon Blissett <sibesan@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2010-02-22
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better Life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, quite a few
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The girls when I was growing up.
Comments:
I have just started doing research on my fathers family. My grandfather, Henry George (Harry) Blissett came out from England with his parents, William George and Hannah (nee White), and his brothers and sisters and they settled in Orari. Any info that anyone has would be most appreciated. I was brought up at the lovely Te Moana, and even now live close by in Ashburton. I love this site, and can see that I will be spending some time on it.
 

Name: Megan Prendergast <tutira1041@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-01-20
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better Life in all aspects
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes man
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Frosty mornings
Comments:
Hi All, I am looking for descendents of William and Helen Henderson from Orari, they emigrated on the "Blairgowie" in 1875 from Aberdeen, Scotland with four sons, John, James, William and David then went on to have another five, Robert, Alex, Samuel,George and Alfred. William died in 1903 and Helen nee Collie in 1924, Would really love any old photos etc regarding this family, I have researched the Hendersons back to mid 17th cent in Auchindoir, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and would be happy to exchange information, Many thanks.
 

Name: Jan <genealogynz@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2010-01-20
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Looking for a better life.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes..
Comments:
My research in South Canterbury involves George and Jane Washington of Temuka and their descendants. My connection to the Washingtons is through George's brother Thomas, who was my gr gr grandfather.
 

Name: Lois Spooner <Loisandrob@optusnet.com.au>
Date: 2009-12-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? They wanted to leave G.B.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I think so
Comments:
Researching the family of Gapes - 1 family arrived in Australia @ 1855 the other family of Gapes to N.Z. about the same time. Any info would be much appreciated
 

Name: Vicki Slow <victoriajane50@hotmail.com>
Date: 2009-10-24
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? not sure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? dont think so..Ballance Slow left in 44 amnpowered during the war.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Visiting with my sisters and seeing all the old family history for real
Comments:
Fabulous!
 

Name: Judith <judero@ongeri.net>
Date: 2009-10-11
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? I don't know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes Temuka
Comments:
I'm a bit confused though by the picture on the front page of the South Canterbury page as i was born in Mid Canterbury and lived just underneath Mt Hutt.....which is the mountain in your picture....not in South Canterbury!
 

Name: kerry bunker <rbunker21@gmail.com>
Date: 2009-09-02
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? To get out of GB
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes, all over NZ
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The beauty
Comments:
I am seeking info on my past relatives. They are of the Bunker, Jupp, Gawn, Rennie and Fieldsend group.
Alfred Bunker(d.1931) was my husband's grandfather, Francis McMeekin Gawn was my mother's grandfather, so Robert Vincent Gawn was my grandfather, Susannah Jupp was my husband's great grandmother, Mrgaret Helen (Gawn) Rennie was my grandmother, and Jeannie Brown Rennie, later Fieldsend was my grandmother's mother. I am also seeking info on Rebecca Channing(s).
Thankyou

 

Name: Megan Prendergast <tutira1041@gmail.com>
Date: 2009-08-12
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes many
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Frosty mornings
Comments:
Looking for information on the family of Michael and Johanna Moore of Waitohi Flat, from Ireland, Had 3 sons, Daniel, William, John and five daughters names may be Ellen, Annie, Katherine, Elizabeth and Margaret. John Moore married Margaret Taehen they were my gr Grandparents.
 

Name: Edward A Hopgood <eddyhopy@gmail.com>
Date: 2009-07-31
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? good area
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? no
What do you like best about South Canterbury? clear air and great summers
Comments:
good area to do school and grow up
 

Name: Vicky Hornbrook <sanvic@optusnet.com.au>
Date: 2009-06-30
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Pioneers
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Home sweet home
Comments:
Hi to all HORNBROOK descendants or/and those interested in the history of the Hornbrook brothers - Alfred and my ggggrandfather William can contact me via email.

Cheers Vicky

 

Name: Diane Elworthy Demoga <demogad@townisp.com>
Date: 2009-06-24
Comments:
Perhaps a distant relative from USA
 

Name: Gail Riddell <grid2@wc.net.nz>
Date: 2009-06-21
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? money
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the big blue sky - and the fact that it is "home"
Comments:
Olwyn, you have done an amazing job!
 

Name: Pet Williams <exa-Williams7638@damailbox.com>
Date: 2009-04-28
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? None
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? non e
What do you like best about South Canterbury? None
Comments:
I liked your site.
 

Name: Frank upton <wakefrank@hotmail.com>
Date: 2009-01-18
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Do not know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? No
Comments:
I am looking for an ancestor , who live in St Andrews in or about 1872 till 1900s . Her name was Jensen Upton , her husband name was Jame Robert Upton ,she came from Denmark . I beleave she was well knowen as a mid wife down their . If you can help that will be great , thanks frank
 

Name: Jamie Wood <larusnz@hotmail.com>
Date: 2009-01-04
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? ?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? ?
Comments:
Am looking for further information on William Wood, bushman, Waimate - first record I have from 1880. Became labourer in 1893 after sawmills closed. Probably from London, married to Catherine Robinson. Have been unsuccessful in finding on passenger lists but must have come to NZ between 1867 and 1880.

Son William Wood, b. London 1867, m. Elizabeth Jane Gardiner (dau. of Thomas Gardiner and Mary Anne (Annie) Souter of Kent, UK) at Waimate in 1895. Lived in Timaru and Hook before returning to Waimate. Sons Albert Edward (1897) and William Thomas. William died 1922, Elizabeth in 1964, and both are buried in Waimate Cemetery.

 

Name: Bonnie <MemorialMusic01@aol.com>
Date: 2008-10-01
Comments:
Any help fleshing out the family line of Jock (John) Fraser welcomed.

In 1839 there were only about 2000 Pakeha (Europeans) in New Zealand. However the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, which saw New Zealand become a British colony, had an enormous effect on the New Zealand population. British migrants were offered a paid passage to New Zealand, and 40,000 arrived here between 1840 and 1860. Jock/John Fraser, the Great-Great-Great Grandfather of actor Russell Crowe, was one of them. He came to New Zealand about 1840 with his younger brother Hugh.

On reaching New Zealand Jock and Hugh first settled in Nelson. In 1856 Jock married Mary (nee Clarke) Booker, a young widow (37 years his junior) with babe in arms. Before her premature death in 1876 they would have 8 children.

The Fraser’s and others left Nelson (the oldest settled corner of South Island) seeking clean, free sheep country free from the taint of scab. Their search took them to the Canterbury Region, home of “Mackenzie Countryö. Mackenzie Country was one of the most celebrated pastoral areas in New Zealand. A great inland plain, noted for its pastoral richness and lakes.

About 1857 Jock took ownership of a large area (20,000 acres) in South Island from Pleasant Point to Marlborough. The Fraser brothers (Jock and Hugh) were the only highland Scots to take up sheep runs in the area. Most of the other men working the Mackenzie sheep runs were from England or low-land Scots. Jock and brother Hugh were the first to overland sheep from Nelson to Canterbury in the 1850s.

At this time the names of only two of Jock’s and Mary’s eight children are known. Daughter Jessie was born about 1858. Daughter Johanna was born in 1860 at Geraldine, and is the Great-Great Grandmother of Russell Crowe.

Jock’s brother Hugh sold their land in 1860 to Andrew Patterson and moved to North Island. In the 1860s Jock and Mary moved to Mt. Cook Station, one of Mackenzie Country’s historic sheep runs.

In May of 1876 Mary and her 18 year old daughter Jessie die within a week of each other and are buried in Pleasant Point Cemetery. Jock lived until 14 April 1893 when he died at the Timaru Hospital. His funeral notice was published in the Timaru Herald on 17 April 1893:

“FRASER - The friends of the late Mr John Fraser, are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, which will leave the Timaru Hospital at 11 o'clock this Morning, for the Pleasant Point Cemetery, which will be reached about 1 o'clock.ö

Brother Hugh’s family (after moving to the North Island) branched out of farming and ran a box factory in Eketahuna before moving to Wairoa (Hawkes Bay) and owning Willowflat Saw Mill.

 

Name: Edward Hopgood <eddyhopy@hyper.net.nz>
Date: 2008-09-28
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? to start up a business
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? no
What do you like best about South Canterbury? swimming in the rivers and camping
Comments:
this is a very good site and much appreicated the info etc which is available to us
 

Name: Alan McKenzie <alan-mckenzie@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2008-09-14
Comments:
Hi Olwyn
Strathallan 150th Anniversary

The South Canterbury Museum will be opening its Strathallan display on the weekend of 28th November 2008. There will be an invitation only evening for Strathallan and early South Canterbury settlers descendants to preview the display and attend the launching of the book written to mark the 150th anniversary of the ships arrival.

"Timaru at Last. South Canterbury's Strathallan Immigrants" - the result of two and half years research and the help of many descendants will be available for sale. Its cover features an original painting of the Strathallan painted by Raymond Morris great grandson of J T Morris diarist, poet and artist who arrived on the Strathallan and lived in Timaru. There are sections on the voyage, biographies for 130 immigrants and runaway sailors and it also reviews some aspects of the early development of Timaru and South Canterbury and the lives of these immigrants, the founders of the town.

Descendants of Timaru pioneers wishing to attend should contact the South Canterbury Museum for details and an invitation.

The Timaru Herald will run a weekly column on Tuesdays commencing on the 30th September 2008 tracing the story of the voyage and it will include excerpts from the diaries of assisted immigrant J T Morris and cabin passenger the Reverend Charles Alabaster. Both men kept diaries on the voyage but of course viewed the daily events from quite different points of view. The column will continue each Tuesday until 13th January 2009 .

In 2009 on the weekend of the 17th of January there will be a number of activities and fireworks in the evening to mark the anniversary and details of that event will be available at a later date.


Regards Olwyn and thanks for your help. I did send this e-mail to you but you may not have received it.

It's been a hard slog for some of the time but I have had contact with a number of very generous people who have shared their research and photographs. I have had several contacts via your website and just last week received the family story of Richard and Emma Wade. They had proved elusive and had been put in the too hard basket along with half a dozen others. It is now revealed that Richard changed his name in 1870 so no wonder I never found him!!
Also - I did reply to the lady regarding the Fishers on the Strathallan but it bounced back. There was a Fisher, a laundress with her four children and her husband was already in new Zealand. They are not her Fishers.

Alan McK

 

Name: Jenny <jagb@mcmedia.com.au>
Date: 2008-07-28
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better life than in Ireland I suspect?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? It's beauty
Comments:
SUGRUE SUGHRUE SHUGHRUE SHUGRUE)COLLOTY CULLOTY TEAHEN and various spellings.
Interested in all records/details involving these names in South Canterbury.

 

Name: Anne Horrigan-Dixon <annehorrigandixon@yahoo.com.au>
Date: 2008-03-26
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? I have no idea
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, cousins in ChCh and Timaru
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The cool green countryside, the mountains and rivers so wet and cool after Australia in drought!
Comments:
James and Ellen McCORMICK

My father was adopted and I have just found his mother and her family.
Looking for relatives and descendents of Josephine Catherine Margaret McCormick ( known as Kitt) who was born at Woolcombe’s Gully, Timaru in 1884. Her parents were James MCCORMICK and Ellen HENNESSY who married in on 26 Nov 1865 at St Patrick’s Chapel, Adelaide South Australia. Ellen Hennessy came out with her sisters to South Australia. At some stage the family moved to Timaru where Kitt was born. The MCCORMICK’s were a big family. James, Ellen and some of their family are buried at the Timaru cemetery.

In 1912 Josephine came to Horsham in Victoria Australia to be with her eldest brother Michael where she gave birth to a son James McCormick. James McCormack( Aussie spelling) was my father. He was left in Australia and adopted into the Horrigan Family.
Josephine MCCORMICK married Frank Spargoe NICHOLLS in Ashburton in 1917 and had 2 boys Francis Spargoe NICHOLLS and James William NICHOLLS. Unfortunately Josephine died in 1930 from asthma in Ashburton. She is buried in Ashburton. Both Frank and Jim have died as well.

I am looking for descendents of James and Ellen McCORMICK who may have photos/ details or contacts with other descendents of this family. I am particularly interested in getting a photo of my newly found grandmother.

I have done a family tree for the McCormicks which I am willing to share it.

 

Name: Nola Towgood <nola_ian@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2008-03-09
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Whaling
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? No
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Loved the area when we visited
Comments:
My great grandfather was the first white settler in Timaru - Samuel Williams. Arrived with Weller Bros. Later was Mine Host at Timaru Hotel and Club Hotel, Timaru.
 

Name: Karen Richards <karen.brendon@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2008-03-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? The new world.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Would like to know this!
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The mountain scenery
Comments:
I am seraching for any information about Thomas and Jane Adams who came to NZ on the Columbus in 1873 with their 3 children, Samuel, Edward and Annie. They settled in Hook and this is what I really want to know about, where abouts and and what they did.
This site led me to visit a relation in Cornwall who had one side of the family tree going back to 1300's. It was a fantastic experience. Thanks for the opportunity.

 

Name: Vicki Baker <turtle63@gmail.com>
Date: 2008-02-10
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Not sure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Not many now
What do you like best about South Canterbury? growing up in Winchester and surrounding areas
Comments:
Am looking for James and Willam Grant who had a Blacksmiths shop in Temuka around 1899, know what happened to James but not William.

Also any info about the Story families, Arthur, Charles and William who lived in Orari and then Temuka with stables. Sometimes spelt Storey.

My Baker family lived in Winchester and ran the Wool Scour there if anyone has info about those ancestors, Jonathan Baker who came to NZ in 1863 on the Lancashire Witch I would apreciate hearing from you.

 

Name: Pauleen Wilkinson <pauleen.w@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2008-01-30
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? ?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? All over the place.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? It's in the Main land...
Comments:
While browsing,I came across your site.I'm originally from Havelock Marlborough.Among many others,I am researching one of my Great Uncles, Arnold Edwin Wells who was enlisted with the CMR(Main Body) NZEF, as a Trooper. 7/289 -5/289A He sailed on the 16/10/1914. Killed in Action 5/08/1917, in Belgium.
I am writing a journal on his shortened life. As he never married, he had no children to keep his memory a live.
On a very faded page from his diary, are names of several soldiers, maybe from south canterbury?
H Herring, W White, B Frater,ER Lindbom,F Henderson,F Palmer,WT Mortland,Taiaroa, J Phillips,LJ Jones and B Clarkson.I would be most grateful for any information on these soldiers.Thanking you. Pauleen

 

Name: Joan Roberts <joanroberts@tiscali.co.uk>
Date: 2007-11-16
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? don't know - a fresh start maybe
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes - Timaru - I think they are still there but never met any yet!!
Comments:
Through your site I recently found out when my grandfather Frederick Smith Jeffery died. He was born Dundee Scotland 1888, married in 1910 and widowed 1911. He went to Timaru sometime in the 1920's(I think). He remarried and had another family - so somewhere in Timaru I have a 'half' Uncle Eric and cousins who I would really love to have contact with. My mother did not want to leave her Granny & Grandad Jeffery (Jane & Wilson)and her aunts and uncle who had cared for her from when she was a baby.She died age 90 in 2000.
 

Name: lionel <lionelo@westnet.com.au>
Date: 2007-08-23
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? don't know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
Comments:
Thank you.Through your site, I have found some new living cousins. Still looking for more Bowman-Ogilvie descendants from Christchurch Canterbury.These families were blacksmiths, moulders etc and later in furniture retailing.
 

Name: Malcolm Motion <malcolm_m@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2007-07-05
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Unsure as yet
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Maybe
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The port of Timaru
Comments:
Researching the Burgess Family originally situated at the OPIHI Gorge. Any assistance would be welcome. This site has helped alot already.
Malcolm Motion

 

Name: Malcom <malsah@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2007-06-23
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? blacksmithing
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? maybe
What do you like best about South Canterbury? landscape
Comments:
Does any one have any info on Bill Walkers Blacksmith Shop which was at Orari opposite the school? Does he or his brother James Walker have any descendants in the area today. Does any one know anything about Florence Colbourne Walker of Orari/Timaru?
 

Name: Maureen O'Donnell <maureenodonn@msn.com>
Date: 2007-04-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Marriage
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I hope so
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The people and the scenery
Comments:
I am searching for descendants of Mary Elizabeth Elliott (nee Gibson) and Daniel Elliott who married in Timaru in 1892. Their known children are Mary Bella Lydia Elliott born 1902 and Margaret who married a Traves. There are possibly other children. Both Daniel and Mary Elizabeth lived and died in Timaru in 1946 and 1951. I know that Mary Bella remainded and died in Timaru in 1978 unmarried. I am directly related to Mary Elizabeth Elliott who was born in Co. Roscommon Ireland. Any information about the family, relatives and descendants would be greatly appreciated.
 

Name: Airini Bird <baldeagles@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2007-03-28
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Idon't know
Comments:
I would like to find out more about my Great Grandfather. His name was Frank Churchill Perry and he was born on the 15th February 1871 at Beverley, Timaru. His father was Arthur Perry and his mother Elizabeth Rhodes Wood. He had 3 brothers and one sister.Percey Lyttleton Perry, Walter Dymock Perry,Arthur Cecil Perry and Ellen Laura Amy Perry (may have been known as Nellie).Regards Airini Bird.
 

Name: Margaret Ellis <nonieone@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-03-20
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better lift
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Probably if I could find them
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Scenery
Comments:
Looking for ancestors of MICHAEL HAMILTON SCOTT and SARAH SCOTT (nee McCarten) originally from Ireland but went to NZ probably about 1878+. Finally settled in Christchurch. Had 10 children, 5 born in Ireland and 5 in NZ. Would be grateful for any action on this family, thank you.
 

Name: Rebecca <virgogirl1983@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2007-02-28
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Wanting to farm promise of a better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Not sure,
Comments:
I'm Looking for anyone who has information on
Digedan
Chalmers
Orton
Haddock
Harms
Sainsbury
Reynish
Gilmore

I's great to have a New Zealand site:)

 

Name: Beverly Holding (nee Huband) <holdingontogod@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-30
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Some were born in Chch
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? No, not that I know of
What do you like best about South Canterbury? I lived at Oxford 1953-1961
Comments:
Looking for information re Henry Huband b.1838 (Uncle)and Eliza Ellen Jones arrived from Warwickshire England to Timaru Oct 15 1863. I dont know where else to look for information re settlement and occupation. I have a family tree but that is all. Hopefully there is help out there. thanks friend
 

Name: John McGregor <jj_mcgregor@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-25
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Who knows ? Adventure ? A better life? New beginnings ?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I don't really know.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The vast open spaces and the trout fishing.
Comments:
John McGregor, my grandfather,was born in Banffshire, [Scalan ] Scotland,in 1840,and emigrated to NZon the clippership, Chariot Of Fame, in 1862/3.
He and Harry Ford, the owner of The Grampian Station, drove a mob of several thousand sheep from Darfield to the Grampian, in the 1860s, where,as far as I can tell, John McGregor worked as a shepherd, and later, as manager.
In 1873, John then obtained a licence for a piece of land in the forks of the Cass River,and named it Glenmore, after the valley near his highland home.
In 1875,he incorporated Castle Hill Station into his holdings,and retained the name Glenmore for both stations.
In 1876 he was elected to the Mt Cook Road Board,an office he retained for many years.
In 1883 he was elected chairman of the McKenzie County Council.
In 1883 he lost a great number of sheep, due to hard winters, and slump years,
He left Glenmore in 1891, and retired to Burkes Pass.
In 1912,a Miss Roma Hope aquired Glenmore Station, and sold it in 1914 to Herbert Nalder. After his death, the station was transferred to Mrs Mary Murray,and is still in the Murray family name ,as far as I know.
Lake Alexandrina - The lake was named after Alexandrina Robinson,a sister of William and John Robinson,partners with John McGregor, in Glenmore Station.
The trout, for which the lake is famous,were liberated by John McGregor in 1881. He said the young trout were sent from Christchurch by train to Albury, and taken by coach from there to Burkes Pass, arriving about midnight. John McGregor drove straightaway to the lake, and liberated them just before dawn. Only 3 did not survive the trip.
Lake McGregor was named after John McGregor, owner of Glenmore Station.


 

Name: Lindsay Gibson <lgibson@paradise.net.nz>
Date: 2007-01-18
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? They followed her brother
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? not sure
What do you like best about South Canterbury? all of it
Comments:
I am looking for info on my family that lived in Pleasant Point from around 1880 to 1916. The name is Gibson and I know that Catherine the mother and Catherine the daughter and Ramsay the son are buried in the local cenetery. The father Campbell and some of the family moved to Christchurch. Andrew, who was Campbells brother was also there for a couple of years 1914-1915 before he moved to ChCh. Catherine was a Crawford and they were all from County Donegal Ireland. Please contact me if you have any info on the Gibson or Crawford families. Thanks for this great and informative site.
 

Name: Rayliene Bates <opitobates@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2007-01-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? accessibility to the land
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? growing up there
Comments:
My family interests are with the BOSTON (my maiden name), ROONEY, CHALMERS and ARMIT names

Jeremiah Marchant Boston married Mary Hart, they emigrated on the Dilharree 1874.
Children Emily Elizabeth 1867 - 1961
Caroline Rose b. 1870 married Mr Epsom

Mary died and Jeremiah remarried Eliza Jane MORRIS
their children
Alice Maude married John Keeley
Florence
James Smith
William Jeremiah married Julia Mary ROONEY my grandparents)

John Thomas ROONEY emigrated and married Hannah Josephine OKEEFE in 31.8.1897.
they had 11 children - my grandmother was daughter
Julia Mary who married William Jeremiah BOSTON

Adam Chalmers married Bathia Crichton, Peterhead Scotland in 1854. they emigrated to NZ 1859 on the Victory with their son Adam aged 3. No other children known
Adam married Mary Digedan at Lyttleton 1877.
they had 5 children
My grandfather was William Hugh who married Agnes ARMIT.

David Wallace ARMIT married Alice BROWN Fife, 1855
they emigrated with their children
Andrew Lawrence married Mary Elizabeth Trumper
Rachel Stark married Mr Hutchison
later married Albert Ludemann.
Agnes Wallace who married William Jugh Chalmers

It would be great to hear from anyone else

regards

Rayliene Bates (nee Boston)

 

Name: Don Bates <opitobates@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2007-01-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? accessibility to the land
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? growing up there
Comments:
Thanks for this chance to learn more about my families, wish I had done it when I started meddling with my tree about 4 years ago. Have already sent a message to Michael Maze re John Maze my Great Grandfather.
My early settler names that include my wifes family are:

Charles Bates married Alice Taylor, Birmingham 1879
his family born Christchurch and Temuka were
Sampson Hayward
Sampson Taylor
Paul Bates married Agnes Maze ( my grandparents)
Frank Silas
Alice married Arthur Adams
Olive married Albert Davis
two other infants died

John Maze married Jessie 'Janet' Brown
their children
Agnes Nancy married Paul Bates (as above)
Eliza spinster
Sarah Jane married Isaac Morris
Catherine married John James McGimpsey
7 0ther children

Walter Williams married Susan Fisher Timaru 1.1.1873
their children
9 children but my great grandfather was
Walter married Emily Griffin-Jackson Timaru 9.4.1902

David Findlay married Margaret Mitchell Forfar 1850
emigrated to nz on Mermaid in 1862.
son James born 1851 came with them
James married Mary Ann Elizabeth Battersby Temuka 1874.
thier children
James Charles Findlay married Rebecca Channing

The only real info I have of the Maze and Findlay families is from the Cyclopedia of Canterbury site.

Cheers to all have a great 2007

Don Bates

 

Name: Kathy Christian <christianjw@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2007-01-02
Comments:
Just interested
 

Name: Andrea <andreanoel9@internode.on.net>
Date: 2006-12-10
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Gold originally
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I think so ??
What do you like best about South Canterbury? I will find out in Septmeber
Comments:
I LOVE this site, and am very pleased that I can come here any time I like. Thanks for all your hard work and very interesting information. I have found heaps and learnt even more about the South Canterbury area.
 

Name: Kayte saunders <bee-kay@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2006-12-01
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? my grandfather started a business there and was also a farmer at Sutherlands
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? not that i know of
What do you like best about South Canterbury? loved going to Timaru on the train
Comments:
have done family tree and discovered i had lots of relatives around Pleasant Point i never knew of, am now doing my family tree on the Anderson and kay side enjoyd reading your sit, brought back lots of memories. Regards Kayte Saunders.
 

Name: Vicky Hornbrook <vahornbrook@optusnet.com.au>
Date: 2006-11-16
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Family
Comments:
I am helping Mrs Merle Andersen of Qld track her Grandfathers history, believed born in Oxford, Canterbury, NZ. Born Joseph LAMB 18/5/1871, bp St Andrews C of E. Married in New Angledool NSW 24/1/1900. Occupation - Blade Shearer.
Anyone who may have any info can write to Mrs Andersen, 'Riverdale' Goondiwindi, Qld 4390

 

Name: Kathy Mortimer (nee Patterson) <Mortimers@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2006-10-25
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
Comments:
Thanks for the great website - I have many ancestors in the South Canterbury area with photos and family tree information on the KEEN, WHEATLEY, WILSON, FULTON LEQUESNE (Napier) and PATTERSON (Dunedin and Chch)family trees. I am trying to trace my grandfather's (Bob Keen) mother's (Ethel Mary Keen - nee Rodgers) parents. The only information I have on them is that they were Mr & Mrs EH Rodgers and came to NZ from Dorset in 1872 ish. Any information welcome or knowledge on where I might look would be great - have tried the Waimate Cemetary records with no luck.
 

Name: Trish <ajpahuband@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2006-09-28
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Camping at Fairlie when our children were young.
Comments:
The New Zealand Electoral Roll of 1865 - 66 lists a William Rennie at Rhodes Township, Timaru. I am seeking any of his descendants as it is possible that we are related. Also can anyone tell me where this Rhodes township is/was?
 

Name: Andrew Maze <andrew.maze@btconnect.com>
Date: 2006-08-16
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? To seek a better life than in 1860's Ireland
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Most have moved away but some descendants are still local
What do you like best about South Canterbury? My spiritual - hard to define - but it's home
Comments:
Family Tree Information Exchange

My ancestors arrived from County Down in Northern Ireland in the early 1860’s. John Maze arrived at Lyttelton in April 1863 aboard the “Huntressö. He then worked on Major Hornbrook’s station in South Canterbury before the arrival of his brother, Michael, in 1864.

They bought a 100 acre block of land and began farming at Milford, just outside of Timaru. They married sisters – John married Janet (also Jeanette) Brown while Michael married Sarah Brown. They then purchased a farm on the outskirts of Pleasant Point and the farm “Downlandsö remained in the Maze family for 100-years until the late 1980’s when my father’s cousin sold the farm – some 3000 acres.

My ancestors, Michael Maze and Sarah Brown, produced 11 children, one of whom was Michael Francis Maze who married a Sarah Jessop. They produced four children, Douglas, Cecil, Dorothy and June. Douglas was my grandfather and he married Flora Hutchison of Timaru.

Downlands was broken up into “lifestyleö blocks in the mid 1990’s.

I have a reasonably well developed family tree that includes information on some of the following families if you’d like to either add or use some of our information.

South Canterbury / Canterbury, Otago families on our family tree include:

• Maze
• Brown
• Jessop (Jessep)
• Morris
• Bates
• Creer
• McGimpsey
• Kingston
• Rogers
• Tooley
• O’Brien
• Nimmo
• Sherston
• Gillanders
• Morgan
• Innes
• Davison

This is not all the information by any means, but if these names appear in your family tree’s I’d love to hear from you as sharing information helps us to piece together the family tree puzzle.

Thanks – Andrew Maze.

 

Name: Alexander MacKintosh <anne@mackintosha.fsworld.co.uk>
Date: 2006-08-04
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Unknown
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Unknown
Comments:
Looking for relatives of William Fraser Macintosh who resided at Waitangi, Waihi Bush in 1877
 

Name: Carole Kennedy <AB.Kennedy@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2006-06-11
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Farming, Gold & a better way of life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes - Foster's living in Geraldine
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The smaller rural communities and the pride they take in their towns and Heritage and the beautiful rural countryside
Comments:
Congraulations on a most interesting and informative site. Very well set out and a great cemetery database.
I am researching George FOSTER (MY GGF) married Jane WEBSTER at Rollesby Station, Burkes Pass 1892, at this time George was the station manager.They later lived in Ruapuna and he worked at Caple? Homestead Farm.They had 10 children - Mary Jane - 1893, Robert - 1895,Walter - 1896, George - 1897,Reginald - 1898,Elisette - 1899,Dorothy - 1900,Donald - 1901(My GF),Cyril - 1904,Charles - 1909.Most of these children attended Ruapuna School.
Jane WEBSTER was the daughter of Robert WEBSTER & Elisette CULLMANN (M 1872 - Timaru)Robert owned a Grocery store in Timaru 1871 - 1877, then owned a Furniture store in Barnard Street. At the time of his death in 1915 he owned the store at Washdyke. Elisette emigrated from Germany to Timaru, she was a sister of Freidrich Cullmann who owned businesses in Timaru - Baker & Boot Dealer.
I would love to hear from anyone who has knowledge of any of these people.

 

Name: Linda Gray <byronjoy@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-05-09
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Unknown
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Unknown
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Unknown
Comments:
I am commenting on the poem " Kid from Timaru" which was written and recited by my ancestor Barrie Marschel. The family are most interested to know about the life of Barrie Marschel as we are related through his son Clissold Surrey who was born to Barrie and actress Ethel Ruby Parnwell-Smith. Ethel later married noted actor James Atholwood.
 

Name: Joy Hughes <joyonholiday@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-04-25
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Trying to find that out
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Hometown
Comments:
Researching the Hughes and Scobie families. Richard Hughes arrived in Lyttelton on the Huntress in 1863. Still trying to figure out when the Scobies got here.
I found this site very helpful to check the online BDM as I live in Brisbane and can't get to Timaru to check the newspapers. It would be great if someone could put up the BDM from 1900+
Keep up the good work.

 

Name: Michael Coyne <mjcoyne@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2006-02-01
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? to escape from the 1850s UK.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? got married in Timaru.(Wife descendant of a Strathallen immigrant.
Comments:
Studying the 1851 England Census (Kent),it is very easy to see why many chose to leave England for a better life.My particular representative is illustrative.
 

Name: David Nelson <cdnelson01@optusnet.com.au>
Date: 2006-01-04
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Seeking success in a new land
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Unknown
Comments:
DETAILS OF WILLIAM MITCHELL AND AMELIA ANNIE HERRING AS AT 19/12/05

WILLIAM MITCHELL was born 7 May 1847 Blairoch, Dumfries the natural son of Thomas Mitchell and Agnes Hewetson. [In the 1851 Census record for Carronbridge, Parish of Morton William’s mother’s name is spelt Agnas Hewitson and his name is recorded as William Hewitson.]

AMELIA ANNIE HERRING was born 1843 Wapping, Surrey. She left England on 28 August 1864 on the ‘Eastern Empire’ and arrived Lyttleton, New Zealand on 4 January 1865. She is listed as having travelled in the single women’s quarters as Amelia A Herring aged 25 years. [There is an obvious discrepancy in the age recorded and the date of birth.]
Her occupation was listed as ‘milliner’ and she travelled on Promissory Note No. 302 dated 24 August 1864.

William Mitchell and Amelia Annie Herring were married on 5 June 1866 at the Clarendon Hotel, Waihi Crossing, Geraldine New Zealand. The Marriage Entry in the records of the NZ Registrar-General’s Office describes William Mitchell as 20 years of age, a labourer and bachelor. The same record describes Amelia Annie Herring as 24 years of age, a dressmaker and a spinster. [There is a further age discrepancy in this record.]

William and Amelia Mitchell established a business selling drapery from a horse and gig for some years before moving to Ashburton. A successful drapery and clothier business developed in partnership with Henry Cranaway Turner. The Mitchell and Turner building still stands in Burnett Street, Ashburton with the initials M&T and the date 1874 prominent in the arch of the building. The size and nature of the building attests to the success of the enterprise.

Extensive land purchases, leasings and sales were undertaken by William and Amelia both in town and rural sections of Ashburton from 1879 to 1887. The electoral roll for Coleridge in 1879-80 lists William Mitchell as a leaseholder and in the Ashburton electoral roll for 1880-81 as ‘freeholder storekeeper’. In 1881 William Mitchell is described as a ‘farmer’ in Land Registry records.

Family of William and Amelia Mitchell
John T Mitchell
William Stuart Mitchell
Richard Henry Mitchell
Robert Alexander Mitchell
Charles Hewitson Mitchell
Nellie Sophia Mitchell (died aged 10 months).

William Mitchell died on16 February 1886 in Ashburton and was buried in the Ashburton Cemetery.
Amelia Annie Mitchell died 26 March 1923 at her residence in Redcliffe, Christchurch and was buried in Ashburton Cemetery next to her husband.

Additional Information
The funeral notice for Amelia Annie Herring appeared in the Ashburton Guardian 28 May 1923 p4. It detailed the whereabouts/residence of her five sons at the time of her funeral – William (on a business trip to America), John T (Christchurch), Robert (Gisborne), Richard (Sumner) and Charles (Sydney, Australia).

Children of: -
John Mitchell and Edie Beau – Doris, Melville, Mervin (?Milton) Clifford (?), Clarence(?).
Richard Henry Mitchell and Barbara Law – Rewa Belle, Stuart Law, Inez Dulcie, Ronald.
Charles Hewitson Mitchell and Helena Dobbs – Elfreida Anne, Patricia Hewitson.

Compiled by David Nelson, PO Box 211 Caringbah NSW 2229 Australia cdnelson01@optusnet.com.au

 

Name: Irene <ireneisathome@btinternet.com>
Date: 2006-01-01
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Not Sure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? It's beauty
Comments:
Am tracing my family tree, and made contact recently with relatives in NZ which was fantastic...such an amazing feeling knowing I have relatives the otherside of the world.
 

Name: Margaret Shearman <margrets@es.co.nz>
Date: 2005-12-29
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Land
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Rolling countryside/history
Comments:
Searching the families of George & Isabella Curtis( nee Dickson) including Richmonds.Traced back to Scotland early 1600's and now need local information.
Margaret Shearman

 

Name: Jann Keightley <k8ley@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2005-12-15
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? highland clearances
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? very informative, great links
Comments:
Tracing family Mackay, McKay, Hamilton, Riddle, Litster, arrived 1860's settled Fairlie
 

Name: Bernice Houghton <bernian@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2005-12-04
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? I guess to have the opportunity of a better life for them self and future children
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The varied sources of information. I am getting premeture wrinkles staying up late investigating all the links. Thanks to all th
Comments:
Thanks so much all those who have researched and made this site available. I am a novice at this Family Tree stuff.But this site has opened quite a few avenues for me.I have also finalised a few dates and facts with the help of this site.
Keep up the good work folk.I am off to have another little peek.( I will be logged in again for another 2 or 3 hours at least.
Thank you so much.
Bernice

 

Name: Alison Hutton <alisonh@cyberxpress.co.nz>
Date: 2005-11-24
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Farming work
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Its geology & geography
Comments:
My Gt Grandparents, William & Jane Morris lived at Sherwood Downs and Benjamin Mack worked at Raincliff in the 1880s.
 

Name: Alice Wood <aliwood34@msn.com>
Date: 2005-08-29
What do you like best about South Canterbury? all up to now - will visit again soon
Comments:
Just found you was looking for Pareora Church - am still looking - will visit you again soon
 

Name: Carlene <spock5@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2005-08-20
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? better for large family
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? few
What do you like best about South Canterbury? just being there
Comments:
Have found out about early REILLY relatives but would still like to know more about BUCK family from Temuka. also BURNETT Thomas who married Eliza BUCK.
His first marriage I believe was to Mary HARRIS;
Are there any relatives out there or any info about family much appreciated. Thankyou Carlene

 

Name: David McKeown <ddanddm@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2005-07-15
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Emmigrated from Scotland
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Distant Relatives - yes
Comments:
PATTERSON : Trying to find siblings of Margaret Patterson (b 1893 in Lumsden). Her parents were William Patterson and Mary Christina Hall (born 1864 in Riverton). Margaret's siblings were William Patterson - born 1885, Ada Patterson - born 1888, Isabella - born 1891 and Annie - born 1899. The children may have been all born in Lumsden, they went to Lumsden School.

Any information would be grateful.


 

Name: David McKeown <ddanddm@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2005-07-15
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? emmigrated from Ireland
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Have no idea
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Haven't been there yet
Comments:
McKeown/Weston - tracing descendants of David McKeown (born 1855, Ballyclare, Ireland)and Harriet Weston (born Cornwall 1859). Their children were twins - James Douglas and Ethel Rose McKeown (born Waimate, 1888) and David (born Waimate, 1889), don't know of any other children as yet. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
 

Name: Joy Warner <joyw@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2005-07-14
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? No idea
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Temuka
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Have never been there
Comments:
OLIVER, GAPES, PHILLIPS.
My Great Grandfather, FRANCIS OLIVER, Married ESTHER GAPES.
My Grandfather JOHN OLIVER married PRICILLA PHILLIPS.
My Father was JAMES OLIVER.
I am looking for information about any of the above.
This is a great site.
Many thanks to those involved.
Joy.

 

Name: kevin and Lynne <kevynne@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2005-07-10
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? no idea .
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes. Geraldine
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the scenery and the fact that my family settled there.
Comments:
Great site ,very helpful.
I am looking for family of Edward and Marion Donahue and James and Charlotte Harris. The Harris family lived in Timaru.

 

Name: margaret simonsen <marg.lloyd@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2005-05-28
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? don't know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes - timaru
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the beaches,lakes & people
Comments:
my great grandparent came to south canterbury 1860. george thomas weems mason had the doncaster hotel at washdyke,he sold in 1865 to a mr mcbeth.george had married his second wife elizabeth hayhurst in 1860.after the doncaster hotel they lived at green hayes in temuka. unsure if george and elizabeth had any children. george or thomas as he went by sometimes had three children with my gr grandmother george, james and annie. annie died at washdyke in 1863. does anybody have any connections to this family. thanks
 

Name: GIBSON RODGERS <BELENMARKS@NETZERO.NET>
Date: 2005-05-09
What do you like best about South Canterbury? EVERYTHING
Comments:
I AM TRYING TO LOCATE THE PEDDIE FAMILY: ARTHUR AND PHYLLIS,THEIR CHILDERN WERE ELAINE, ROSALIE, ANDREA AND DONALD. THEY WERE ORIGINALLY FROM DUNBACK IN OTAGO. THEY
LIVED IN THE TIMARU AREA IN THE LATE 1960'S AND EARLY 1970'S. ALL INFORMATION WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU

 

Name: lionel <lionelo@westnet.com.au>
Date: 2005-04-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? don't know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? probably
Comments:
looking for relatives of James Bowman (moulder or auctioneer and Isabella Ogilvie who married in 1859. Lived Canterbury, Christchurch, possibly Timaru.
 

Name: Dawn Dyson <ddyson@paradise.net.nz>
Date: 2005-04-03
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? escape from UK?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? None close
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the sky and the mountains and the lakes
Comments:
George DYSON to Temuka in 1850's married 1. Finetta TARRANT 2. Maggie Stuart LOOKER. Brother Arthur DYSON M Margaret REILLY.
 

Name: Kaye Hayes <kayehayes@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-03-25
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Fondchildhoodmemories
Comments:
I am researching the GARRICK family. Francis James Garrick a Christchurch solicitor owned 4215 acres at Geraldine. I think this area or part of becames "The Brothers", which I think was his sons' farm.
His son Tertius Bruce GARRICKwas born 1869, educated at Xavier College Christchurch and Lincoln College. A Pleasant Point Farmer, Chairman Levels local Council, Member Timaru Harbour Board. Buried timaru Cemetary 1/12/1941. His will left ú1000 to Plunkett Society in memory ofhis sister MAUD MABEL NEWMAN ú1000 to Cancer Research and ú5000 to Sth Canty Hospital Board and residue of his estate to his neice
Brenda Garrick Raymond. I think the other brother was probably SEPTIMUS KEITH GARRICK who married Helen Hamilton Matson.
Does this ring any bells with anyone?

 

Name: Nola Towgood (Williams) <nola_ian@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2005-02-22
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Samuel Williams arrived with Weller Bros
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? No
What do you like best about South Canterbury? My husband and I both had early ancestors in Timaru
Comments:
My Grandfather, Samuel Williams, was the first permanent resident of Timaru. Weller Bros and then proprietor of Timaru Hotel.

My husband's grandfather,on his mother's side, Richard Campbell, worked all his working life at Timaru Herald Office. Richard & Mary Campbell and family arrived Lyttleton from Belfast on "Conflict" 1876 and settled in Timaru. My husband's mother was the daughter of Richard Jnr.

We loved Timaru and its history and had a great amount of assistance from there when writing my family tree book on
Samuel Williams.


 

Name: Robin Mainprize <rmainprize@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2004-12-16
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? not sure??!!
What do you like best about South Canterbury? fly in regualrly - grat scenery and friendly people
Comments:
Hi.

First great website – thanks to those who created it and maintain it.

I am looking for information on my ancestors James TAYLOR, and wife Barbara (nee LUMSDEN). They emigrated from Aberdeenshire somewhere after 1869 and I believe that they may have landed in Timaru with their 10 children.

Also an ancestor of my children was George Richard MEREDITH, who arrived on the “Hackerfieldö of Melbourne to Lyttleton in Nov 1854 and lived at "Rocky Point", Kakahu

Any information would be greatly appreciated


 

Name: Barbara Farquharson <blacksheep21@optusnet.com.au>
Date: 2004-08-06
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? hopefully
Comments:
I am looking for descendants of James Farquharson and Isabella Gordon, who married in Oamaru, 1882. My grandfather, William Farquharson visited Geraldine and Ashburton in the 60's and lived in the area for a while in the 70's. He went to Weston Primary School. The family was Jane, Jessie, James, George, William, Annabella, Mary (died in 1891 as a baby), Rita and Thomas Gordon (died in ww1 in Belguim). Hoping for any information about my great grandparents or any family at all. I'm in Melbourne, Australia, William came here after ww1 and Annabella came over here before the war. She married Joseph Hawkins about 1915. James died in 1926, Isabella died in 1944, Jessie in 1941, William in 1981 in Brisbane, Annabella in 1974 in Melbourne, James jnr in 1973. Jane was also known as Jean, she married Robert Fraser, died about 1970??
Does anybody know about this family or is related to them?
Thanks, Barbara

 

Name: Jeremy Habberfield-hShort <jeremy.habberfield-short@opus.co.nz>
Date: 2004-07-08
Comments:
I am undertaking a heritage inventory for the Timaru Council of built historic heritage in South Canterbury.

This is a great resource and has been most useful in finding out historical information about people and places.


 

Name: Vicky Hornbrook <vahornbrook@optusnet.com.au>
Date: 2004-07-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Migration
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? YES
Comments:
Just popping in for a look for any updates in this great site.
 

Name: Andreana Eyles <dollybarnett@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-05-05
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Unknown
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Unknown
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Big Big Sky
Comments:
Looking for decendents of Margaret Renfree nee Barnett (ex Arthurs Point Wakatipu) and her husband Ernie. Two sons and three daughters. Possibly of Geraldine 1950 something?
 

Name: Maurice McAuliffe <maurice_mcauliffe_1999@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-02-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? farmers
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? tes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the mountains
Comments:
looking for information on
Thaddus McAuliffe who came from Ireland unknown date or ship and (1850-1870)farmed at he Levels,his kids went to the local school.he was my grandad
Maurice

 

Name: Lois Hammond <medicinehat@tsn.cc>
Date: 2004-01-20
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? countryside
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, Geraldine
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Fresh air, scenery
Comments:
Researching family names HAMMOND, McNAB, BISDEE, WALLER, HEWSON. Wondering if anyone in the Orari area may have any information relating to a John Hammond who farmed in the area around 1920's. Both he and my great grandfather Christopher Hammond who also farmed around the Geraldind/Orton area are buried Temuka Cemetery. I would like to gather enough information to be able to compile a book along with other information I have obtained relating to the families origins in Lincolnshire England. Any copies of old photographs or family stories would be greatly appreciated.
 

Name: Brian Seager <sega@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2003-12-22
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Adventure ??
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? In Christchurch but not South Canterbury
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Relaxed life style and lots of outdoor activities to keep the family busy
Comments:
My G G Grandfather was Sgt E W Seager - the Police Officer who arrested the infamous sheep rustler - James McKenzie. Edward and his family were resident in Christchurch at the time however as the years have progressed the family has now moved on and only a couple of family members (that I know of) still reside in the Canterbury area. I followed Edwards footsteps and joined the NZ Police and for 4 years patrolled the MacKenzie Basin - having been stationed in Twizel. I have now left the Police (and the South Island) but still have fond memories of my days in the MacKenzie Basin and I look forward to returning there in the future. If you like the outdoor life-style and have not been to the MacKenzie Basin I recommend you make a point of visiting the area.

I am researching the Seager family and am slowly piecing together where everyone came from and where they have gone. If you have ties to the Seager family don't hesitate to drop me a line.

 

Name: Ray Christmas <ray.christmas@inspire.net.nz>
Date: 2003-10-24
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Improved quality of life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes but very distant
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The wide open spaces
Comments:
William Christmas(52)arrived in Milford in 1874 along with his son John (25) my great grand- and great, respectively, fathers on the ship 'Northampton into Lyttleton. William farmed at Milford and John was a storeman in Timaru living on "Town Belt"
John went bankrupt at one stage.
Living in Palmerston North, it is difficult to get down to Timaru for sufficient time to ferret out what little information there seems to be about the Christmases of Timaru.

 

Name: Anna Booth <Anna.Booth@aph.gov.au>
Date: 2003-10-19
Comments:
Researching Saunders, Beri, Meredith, Smith, Louis of Pleasant Point, Temuka, Smithfield, Kakahu. Beris were obviously wealthy. Mrs J. Beri's ad for TWO cooks for her small family appears in the Timaru Herald, 29 December 1900, page 1. I have some information but am a bit stuck in Canterbury.
 

Name: Richard Stevenson <sharonandrichard@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2003-10-12
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Dont know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Fishing
Comments:
James orr Stevenson and his wife Eliabeth (nee Kea)moved from Dunedin to live in York st Timaru.James was a brewer.They were married on 21 Sept 1867 and had twelve children.James born 21 july 1868.John born 26 Jan 1871,Agnes born 14 jan 1873,William born 30 nov 1875,Elzabeth born 9 july 1878,Walter born 12 aug 1880,Isabella born 31 july 1882,Matilda born 1 aug 1882, George 15 feb 1885, margart born 29 dec 1886, Charles born 20jan 1888,Mary born 17 march 1891, any information on any of the above would be great.
 

Name: Lois White <lois.white@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2003-09-28
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Not many of my family still live here
Comments:


Relations mainly in the Akaroa/Christchurch area

some of my names are Hodgson,Hammond,Coull,Brown

would love to hear from anyone with these connections

 

Name: margaret simonsen <marg.lloyd@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2003-09-16
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? unsure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the beaches, the countryside
Comments:
my great grandfather george thomas wemys mason, and two sons james,(my grandfather) and george arrived in nz on the roehampton in 1858, he had the doncaster hotel for a number of years,sold in 1865. my grandmother anne elizabeth (hannah) frires was born in temuka in 1884.her mother mary bartlett and father james frires maried in temuka 30th june,1882.they lived in the winchester & temuka area.have not been able to find when mary and james came to nz.
 

Name: Nola Cooze nee Clarke <nolacooze@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2003-08-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Guess they thought there'd be better opportunities?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes in the cemetery at Pleasant Point
What do you like best about South Canterbury? We loved the Geraldine-Peel Forest area
Comments:
My Clarke Grandparents were married in Geraldine and my Dad was born at Peel Forest in 1900(Now Clarkes'Flat)named after the family.My GtGr.Mother Mary Booker(nee Clarke)as a young widow with a baby married John/Jock Fraser in Nelson in 1856 and they had 8 children before moving to Mt Cook Station in the 1860's. Jock and his younger brother Hugh were the first to overland sheep from Nelson to Canterbury in the 1850's. Mary died at the young age of 44 and is buried at Pleasant Pt-as is Jock and their daughter Jessie age 16.Oh how I wish I'd known them. Thank you for this site.
 

Name: Carlene REILLY <spock5@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2003-07-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? teaching
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? christmas carnival
Comments:
My late husband was the great grandson of John Reilly who came to N.Z. in 1859 on the 'Cressy' to teach at the Anglican School in Timaru. The family would like to hear from others who may have delved back further than Matthew Reilly, father of John. Walter Granville Reilly was my husbands grandfather.
 

Name: Andrew Maze <andrew@rcl.co.uk>
Date: 2003-05-28
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Potato famine in Ireland
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? It gets into your blood - it's home.
Comments:
My ancestors arrived in South Canterbury between 1862 and 1879=3 - three brothers who emmigrated from County Down in Northern Ireland.

The Maze's then set up home in Milford before settling in Pleasant Point, Temuka and Timaru. Although only Maze descendants live in the region now (rather than those bearing the Maze surname), "The Point" and the lands that originally comprised the Maze farm "Downlands" still feel like home.

My grandfather was laid to rest three years ago in the Pleasant Point cemetery. I live in England now, but still carry a piece of Pleasant Point's soul with me.

The South Canterbury Genealogy website is well put together and I sincerely hope it continues to grow.

Best wishes,

Andrew Maze

 

Name: Lyn <jolynn@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2003-05-16
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? employment
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? donot know
What do you like best about South Canterbury? scenery and nice people
Comments:
My grandmother Annie Medcalf was born there. Her father Gervase and mother Clarissa (Forward) worked as fruiterers.They had lots of kids:Clare,Emma,Albert,Ida,Lillian,Eveline,Ethel. I think at some time the surname was spelt Medcalfe.
 

Name: Andrew Maze <andrew@rcl.co.uk>
Date: 2003-02-12
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Deprivation, poverty in Ireland during the 1850's
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Pleasant Point
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Beauty, simplicity, pace of life and family history.
Comments:
Interesting collection of information sources. We have a reasonably comprehensive family history ranging from the days in Northern Ireland (c1600 - 1850) and from the mid-1850s when three Maze brothers settled in South Canterbury.

I found it useful and the links were also helpful.

 

Name: pat newton <rdnewton@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2003-02-03
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? sorry, dont know.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? oamaru.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? sorry, never been there.
Comments:
My late husbands Grandfather Edward prebble newton arrived with his wife sarah and family from Deal kent U.K. in 1859 on march the 19th.Edward and sarah had 9 Children 6 born in Lyttelton,Christchurch, and Timaru Areas. Edward died in Gisborne 1915. and sarah died in Timaru 1891. I would like to more about their Children. Joseph Edward,James Henry,
Henry,Maria Dorcas,Edward Henry,Sylvester John,Charles Deal parsmore,Goseph prebble and his twim Matilda jane. Thankyou if anyone can help. pat newton.

 

Name: Geraldine Tew <geraldine.tew@btinternet.com>
Date: 2003-01-25
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? No idea
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I don't think so
What do you like best about South Canterbury? We enjoyed every moment of our visit
Comments:
I had no idea that my great-aunt was married in Timaru when we were in South Island in late October 2002.

It was only on our return to England did we receive her death certificate which I ordered in Australia we found she married in around 1881 in Timaru NZ. I wish we had known when we were there.

Please can anyone help me I want to trace her marriage and birth of children. Her name was Emily Clark daughter of Phillip Clark & Emily Jones from Malmesbury England. She was born in Cheltenham Gloustershire, England 1856, She married Alfred Philip Cox about 1881.

They had 3 children Walter Henry Cox born 1884, Annie Elizabeth Cox born 1886 and Alfred Edward Cox born 1889 these dates are approx. There may have been a Richard as well

P;ease could someone give me advise on looking them up or I would be quite happy if someone could help me by finding entries to Births and Marriages to do reseach for them in Portsmouth England or any of Hampshire England in return.

They went to Queensland Australia somewhere in the 1890's
THank you,
Geraldine Tew

 

Name: George Mosley <mosleygfem@aol.com>
Date: 2002-11-14
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? I don't know-that is part of my research
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I assume so
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The secnery looks good-similar to my home Vancouver
Comments:
I am looking for any information relevant to my grandfather George Mosley, Born 1885 in Fairlie Creek. Grandad served with the British army prior to joining Canadian forces in WW1. He was awarded the military medal and mentioned in dispatches during that conflict.

Thanks-G.Mosley

 

Name: jean tuckey <ronjeantuc@clear.net.nz>
Date: 2002-10-19
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? they came from Wales
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I am trying to find out!
What do you like best about South Canterbury? havent been there but it looks gorgeous
Comments:
GREETINGS FROM DARE I SAY IT - AUCKLAND - SORRY ABOUT THAT!
I AM RESEARCHING CHARLES BROWN GRIERSON AND HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THEY LANDED FROM ENGLAND IN 1864 AND HIS DAUGHTER ETHEL MARRIED MY FATHER-IN-LAW HENRY PHELPS TUCKEY. I AM TRYING TO FIND DESCENDANTS OF THE OTHERS BECAUSE IT WAS A BIG FAMILY. CHARLES WAS A BANK MANAGER AND ENDED UP IN AUCKLAND, WHERE OUR FAMILY BEGAN...
THANK YOU JEAN TUCKEY

 

Name: Ross Stone <arrts@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-10-12
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? have no clue
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I think so not sure
What do you like best about South Canterbury? It's in the South Island ( Joking )
Comments:
Looking for any relations of Samuel & Sara(h) STONE who arrived in Nelson on "Prince of Wales" on 31 Dec 1842.
The family moved to Woodend about 1856.
Charlie & Len ( Grandsons ) farmed at Maronan in the early years of 20th century.
Ernie ( another Grandson ) farmed at Ladbrooks until 1950 & retired to Tai Tapu.
If any one has any details of this family or off springs i would be pleased to hear from you.
Thanks Ross

 

Name: Barbara Farquharson <lou88@optushome.com>
Date: 2002-09-25
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? not sure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes, hopefully
What do you like best about South Canterbury? never been there
Comments:
Looking for information on James Farquharson and Isabella Gordon. They were my great grandparents, they lived around Timauru and were farmers. They had 6 children, James, Annabelle, William, Jean, George and another daughter whose name we dont know. The children were born between 1872 and 1896. James died in 1926, he was retired and lived in Hull st, Oamaru when he died. James was born in Mortlach, 1840-41 and Isabella was born in Abelour,1854-55 both in Banffshire, Scotland. They married in New Zealand. James was 14 years older than Isabella. Isabella would have been about 17-18 when she married. Does anybody have any information please.
 

Name: Roger Curr <curr.family@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-09-25
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Immigration from UK
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes - I live here
Comments:
My Grandfather William Smyth Curr landed by ship in Timaru from Scotland early last century and owned the Gleniti Store in the 1920- 1930 era.My Grandmother Alice Duff Coutts also came from Scotland and first immigrated to Australia before landing in Dunedin. Her father was a tailor
 

Name: meryle Hawkins <m.hawkins@auckland.ac,nz>
Date: 2002-09-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? not sure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I must have
What do you like best about South Canterbury? haven't been there but I am visiting this year
Comments:
My ancestors came to South Canterbury from England about 1873. There name was Depree and they stayed in Timaru all of their lives, except my mother who lived in Auckland. I have all their names and birth/death dates back to 1744. I would like to trace their lives in Timaru. I would like to thank you for this great web page. meryle hawkins
 

Name: Paula Wells <paula_wells@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-08-28
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Not quite sure actually...they moved from North Otago
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, I'm still here in Timaru - born in Waimate
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Driving down North St, Timaru..viewing the sea ahead of me, and the snow capped mountains in the rear vision mirror....awesome!
Comments:
I've recently transcribed the diaries my grandfather kept during World War 1. The first diary dates from 13 November 1915 when he left Wellington, destination Egypt and ends on February 22nd 1916.

The second diary takes up his story on April 5th 1916 as he was preparing to leave Egypt bound from France, and ultimately The Somme. This diary ends on 25 November 1916, and was received by his parents in Waimate on 21 September 1917. It is documented that on 24 August 1918 he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and devotion to duty during the attack on Bapume. He survived the war and was discharged with the rank of Corporal on 13 May 1919.
The copies of his service record (from the NZ Army) shows that on enlistment in 1915 he was assigned to C Company, 8th Reinforcements,Canterbury Infantry Regiment. On receipt of his Military Medal he is shown as Corporal, 1st Battation Canterbury Regiment.
I'm the first to admit that I am confused battalions, regiments and companies!!
My grandad's diaries do not describe the horrors he must have endured. However my partner and I (thank you Steve! ) have been doing extensive reading and research. In particular Steve has found on the internet an account by Lt-Col. C.H. Weston entitled "Three Years with the New Zealanders". Grandad's story and Lt Col Weston's overlap in many places and has given me a much wider view of the diaries.
However....the diaries end in November 1916. I wonder if there is anyone who has details of the involvement of South Canterbury men in World War 1 who could fill in some gaps as to their movements from that date, to Bapume in August 1918, to their eventual discharge in 1919.
Any help would be greatly appreciated..
Thank you,
Paula Wells

 

Name: roimata cocker <roimata67@hotmail.com>
Date: 2002-08-26
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? temuka
Comments:
calling out to anyonewho went to temuka high in the 1980s
 

Name: lydia fraser <fraserl@temukahigh.school.nz>
Date: 2002-08-07
Comments:
i think this is a really good idea. areas as small as Temuka and Arowhenua don't usually get much publicity and here we are on a website all about these places.
 

Name: Amanda Smiler <smilerfamily@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-07-26
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? land & new beginnings
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Fairlie, Waimate then Christchurch
What do you like best about South Canterbury? new years eve bonfires on the village green!
Comments:
Anyone with connections to any Ryder, Murphy, Parkin, Bourke
I'd love to hear from you.
This is an excellent website!! Thanks!

 

Name: Suzie Gill <suziegill@hotmail.com>
Date: 2002-07-22
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? a better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? not sure
Comments:
I am looking for any information about James & Hellen (nee Coutts) Gammie Family.
I am researching my Great-great Grandfather James Gammie.
I believe he arrived on 5th September 1864 on board the "Lancashere Witch" in Timaru. I believe he owned 50 acres at Pleasant Point when it was known as "Hodsock" He was a Blacksmith at "The Levels" and was Postmaster at Pleasant Point.His daughter, Margaret, was a governess at "The Levels" in 1881-86. She met my Great grandfather Richard Marfell and left the district to marry in the North Island. Can anyone help me with my research?

 

Name: Marg Holmwood <rmholmwood@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-07-11
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? oppurtunity?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? mountains and lakes
Comments:
Looking for any info on the Smith family, originally from Shropshire. Robert Evans Smith worked for the Tripp family at Orari Gorge until he purchased his own farm (Smithfield ) at Winchester.
 

Name: jan julius <cathlomax@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-07-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? opportunities
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the people
Comments:
I am a descendant of John Coughlan who married Catherine Barrett. John Coughlan was the son of Michael who married Hanorah Brosnahan who on the death of Michael married Jeremiah Breen. Related to so many families in the Kerrytown,Temuka/Timaru areas. Nice talking to you
 

Name: sandra moffatt <moffatt.kiwi.orchids@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-07-03
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? not sure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? no
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the mountains
Comments:
I am looking for information on my great-grand mother, Agnes Potter. She was born in Scotland. Came to N.Z. abt 1855. Her father was Alexander and she married Charles Butler in 1872. They lived in Waimate. Her daughter Clara Annie Butler married Henry Fergusson in Waimate in 1905.
 

Name: Mike Olsen <mandm.olsen@paradise.net.nz>
Date: 2002-06-25
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? unknown
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? not known if there is
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the plains & mountains
Comments:
My great grandfather farmed at Cricklewood out of Farlie
andhad Meikleburn Station before the depression.
I have seen one item from his farm in the Farlie farming museum(snow shoes for a drough horse)

 

Name: joan kahuroa <kahuroa@hotmail.com>
Date: 2002-04-28
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? unsure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? unsure
What do you like best about South Canterbury? I'm originally from CHCH
Comments:
I've just received my uncles military records and as he was killed in Gallipoli, i'm unable to find out more about him other than what is on his records. My question is where abouts is Mt.Possession as he was a shepherd there bewfore joining the army.His employer's details are hard to read but his boss was a Mr Lambake but not too sure on the spelling as it is a bit curly.If you could enlighten me on that place i will be grateful.His name was James Duncan and at the time of joining the army his apparent age was 24.
 

Name: Kevin Philip <philipatpatutahi@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-04-22
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better Life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The golf courses
Comments:
My GG Grandfather arrived in Waimate in 1879 along with his wife and 9 children. His brother James a buider, built the Waimate High School and the County Council Chambers. My Grandfather Alexander was also a builder and the Undertaker he married Blanche Lane had 4 children in Waimate and then moved to Dannevirke. He spent 6 years in the Waimate Rifles and I would love to hear from anyone who has any information about this military unit.
 

Name: Blair Campbell <kkkbbbccc@hotmail.com>
Date: 2002-04-02
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? no idea
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? not sure
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The Rivers
Comments:
My grand father was William Campbell and I know he had a sister Meg and brother Jim. He left Waimate to go to ww1 and returned to NZ at Auckland and never lived in SC again. He died in 1972. I am interested to find information about his family and when they came to Waimate.
Thanks
Ragards
Blair Campbell, Kalgoorlie Australia.

 

Name: Lyn Lawrence <lynlawrence@bigpond.com>
Date: 2002-03-03
Comments:
Frederick HARRIS arr on "Ballochmyle" Lyttelton 1 June 1874
from Southleigh Oxfordshire a Farm Labourer, m. Mary BERRY, Parents Benjamin BERRY & Ellen CLARIDGE from Oxfordshire, They had 2 daughters, Evelyn b 25 May 1888, and Annie May in 1891 both born Waimate, were dressmakers. Frederick Died 8 Mar 1900 Waimate. Evelyn married Charles COX from Leeds, Yorkshire a brick Layer, and travelled to NSW in late 1910, where my father Charles Thomas COX was born 12 Feb 1913. I am still looking for the arrival of the BERRY family. Maybe someone will know
of the family.

 

Name: Karen Richards <karen.brendon@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-03-02
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? That's what I hope I can find out !
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I hope so.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? My teenage years there.
Comments:
I am searching for information about my great, great grandparents the ADAMS family who came from Devon,England and who arrived on the Columbus in 1873 at Lyttleton and then apparently settled in Hook. One son Samuel [my great grandfather] moved to Waimate and married Carrie BENBOW in 1881. Carrie came from Carrharick, Cornwall to NZ on a very eventful voyage on the Piako which arrived in 1879.
 

Name: Coralie Nisbett (nee) O'Brien <nisbettfamily@bigpond.com>
Date: 2002-02-25
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Unsure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Hopefully
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Playing in the snow
Comments:
Looking for any information on my father WILLIAM MICHAEL O'BRIEN. He passed away somewhere between 1975-1977. He worked as a SHEARER. We lived in Farlie and I think he is buried there. I think he was approx 38-40yrs of age when he died. Please email me if you have any information as it would be greatly appreciated.
 

Name: Pamela Ryan -Duff <clanduff@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2002-02-17
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Don't know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I believe so
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Haven't been there .......yet
Comments:
I am researching my Grandfathers family and would like to make contact with anyone who has information on the following names Peagram, Wright, Holton, Beazley or Beasley. Thanks
 

Name: Jane Sadler <adjesad@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2002-02-16
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The people
Comments:
Thanks for a neat site. I am tracing the Hornbrooks and you have given me so much information. My grandmother was Alice May Hornbrook who married Edwin Green. My great grandfather was Edward Alexander Hornbrook who married Elizabeth Emily Hutt and my great great grandfather was William Hutt or was married to Margaret Smith. I would like to hear from any one else who may be related to me. Keep up the good site!
 

Name: Richard Weller <megric@weller00.fsnet.co.uk>
Date: 2002-02-14
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Whaling and Trading
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Distant relatives, yes.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? I can't wait to visit from here in UK.
Comments:
Your site helps bridge the oceans. Thanks.
 

Name: Nancy McLaughlin <PETER.NANCY.MCLAUGHLIN@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-02-13
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Adventure...a better life....
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? a few....Timaru mostly I think
What do you like best about South Canterbury? School picnics on Caroline Bay in the 1940s
Comments:
Interested in the fact that Daniel BRADLEY's name is on the Benvenue memorial. Would like to know what became of him after the Ben Venue was wrecked. He married Margaret Alice McKENZIE in December 1882 - she was my great aunt, but the family has no idea what became of this couple. Daniel Bradley is thought to have been a brother of Philip Bradley also of Timaru.
 

Name: Trish Hodgson <garryandtrish@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-01-31
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? No idea
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Hammonds?? and Hodgsons??
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Clean air and open space. The mountains.
Comments:
HODGSON, HAMMOND OR BROWN family tree information??

Searching for information on ROBERT WILLIAM HODGSON and his wife AMY JANE (NEE HAMMOND). Last known address AKAROA, but I think moved to CHRISTCHURCH.
Robert imported Cocksfoot grass, was a part owner in the PIPER VALLEY sawmill, and then left Akaroa - for where??
Also any information on Robert's parents - who they were, where they came from ???
Amy Jane's parents were JOSEPH & JANE HAMMOND (NEE BROWN), they are both buried in AKAROA. Any information on what they did or where they came from greatly appreciated.

 

Name: Pamela Ryan-Duff <clanduff@ihug.co.nz>
Date: 2002-01-21
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Don't know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Think so
What do you like best about South Canterbury? I hate to admit it but I've never been there.
Comments:
I am interested in finding any info on Richard Bruce Ward and Hannah Jane (nee Mc Pherson). Richard was born in Christchurch 12/07/1878, father William Richard and mother Elizabeth Ellen (nee Atkinson). Hannah was born in (? Mt Pleasant) Waimate on 25/07/1881 to Alexander and Elizabeth Frances (nee Cunningham). There were 3 children, Rita Johanna, Melville and Raymond. Hannah sold icecream from her back door and later on Melville helped her and they started off Ward's Icecream which I believe was the last privately owned factory. Any info on the factory, Wards or McPhersons would be wonderful.
 

Name: Maureen <woozle@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-01-20
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? The weather
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? I love South Canterbury
Comments:
Will keep in contact
Maureen Price

 

Name: Frances Braddick <frances.braddick@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2002-01-11
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? To better themselves
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
Comments:
I'm looking for the ships that Bridget O'ROURKE and William McGRUDDY came from Ireland on. Bridget from County Kerry and William from County Donegal. Family history says they were on the same ship. Bridget came to help her married sister, DILLON look after children. Any help appreciated.
 

Name: Shyrlee Ryder <shyrlee@paradise.net,nz>
Date: 2001-11-22
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, at Timaru
What do you like best about South Canterbury? countryside and views
Comments:
I am searching for information on Simon Peter Tozer and wife Catherine nee Champion who arrived Timaru abt. 1879. first child, arthur stanley was born 1879. there were 6 children, 3 boys, 3 girls in the family. Catherine died 1944 and Simon Peter died 1948 Timaru Hospital 1948
Would like to know the names of their daughters, and anything about the family. Thought to have lived Geraldine but not sure, Simon Peter may have worked on the Tripp farm

 

Name: Mary Knight <marykn@voyager.co.nz>
Date: 2001-10-11
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? bettor quality of life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes, Hodgsons and Seftons
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the fresh air and the water
Comments:
Does anyone have a family tree of the Hodgsons that lived
in Cust and Rangiora.

 

Name: Pat Oplinger <pjoplinger@centurytel.net>
Date: 2001-09-27
Comments:
I found this site to be hugely interesting. I hope some day my husband and I may return to your beautiful historic country.

Pat

 

Name: Heather Hagen (nee BROAD) <david@scanningsystems.com.au>
Date: 2001-09-17
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? no doubt the Scottish weather!
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I wish I knew
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The scenery, and friendly natives
Comments:
I am researching families by the name of BLACK/FORREST/CALDER/ANSCOMBE/WATT/AYSON; CODLING/BUTTON, BOOTH and MASON who all first arrived in the South Island. Some later moved north. Is anyone else interested in these old English and Scottish families? The only ships I have "nailed down" so far are the Christian McAusland, Royal Albert, Margaret Galbraith,Clontarf, Surat and Victory. Any assistance appreciated.
 

Name: nola <nolam@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-09-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? better way of life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? not sure
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the farming.
Comments:
Has anyone got any information on the BODY surname. Suppose to be in the CH CH ar Ashbuton area. Anything at all on that name gratefully accepted. Nice site.
 

Name: Susan Neal <Suegee@yahoo.com.au>
Date: 2001-09-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Not sure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Somewhere
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Everything
Comments:
I am looking for a Henry Neal,his mother and father,also looking for,Henry Neals wifes mum and dad,Daisy M Marshall is her name.Thank you.

 

Name: Dale Wreford <dale.wreford@ccc.govt.nz>
Date: 2001-09-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Farming interests
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, Wrefords and Crawfords, living near timaru.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The vistas, colours, nor westes and special people.
Comments:
Ancestors were SS Wreford, one of Fairlie's founders, and James the chemist, Stafford Street, Timaru.

Fascinating website - thank you!

 

Name: Peter J SMITH <ra>
Date: 2001-08-27
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, but mainly in Canterbury
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The mountains and the sea views
Comments:
My family of SMITH are from the Village of Quethiock which is in South East Cornwall. My other names in Cornwall are
MENHENITT, COLWELL, DONY.
Also,
LYONS of Surrey London.REYNOLDS and WARD of Menlough,Galway,
Ireland. BAIN and MUIR Edinburgh, Scotland.
Many tanks Peter

 

Name: Betty King <bettyking@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-08-17
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Friendly People
Comments:
I am researching the Hubbard family [My G. Grandparents]they came out on the Peeress in 1874.Not sure how many children they had 10-12? Looking for family ,names are George,Phillips,Kennedy, Nixon, Brain.If anyone can help please Email me. thanks
 

Name: Aliceson Scott <ALICESON.SCOTT@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-08-13
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better way of live for their family
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? We can see from the coast to the mountains and it is brilliant on a good day
Comments:
I live in Timaru and my hobby is genealogy. My ggrandparents on both sides came out from UK & Ireland.
My maternal ggrandparents Parish came out on the Cressy one of the 1st Four Ships, The Cadwalladers from Shropshire, Wolfe from Manchester and Savage from County Kerry. All settled in Canterbury.
My husband's family include, Scotts, McLeod, Stevenson, Chapman & Warne and they all settled in S.C. particularly Geraldine. Love to hear from any connections.

 

Name: Ruth <Bowlerre@aol.com>
Date: 2001-08-04
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? No idea!
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Not that I am aware of.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Never visited as I live in England
Comments:
Searching for any info on Tom and John Hobbs who arrived in Lyttleton on the Hydaspes in 1868(Oct)from England.They came from Hambleden in Bucks and travelled with an Alfred Coker.All three were gardeners by trade.Would love to find any living descendants out there.
 

Name: Ned Sugrue <nedsugrue@hotmail.com>
Date: 2001-07-28
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
Comments:
If anyone are interested in my family name and descendents, I have details of which maybe to your benefit.
Edmund. F. Sugrue.

 

Name: Denis Wederell <wederell@actrix.co.nz>
Date: 2001-07-24
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Who knows? Adventure?
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Family connections
Comments:
My GGfather Charles WEDERELL is listed as a Mackenzie Country pioneer (shepherd on Sawdon Station 1858), later bullock driving Lake Tekapo, then (after a break down country) proprietor of the Clyde Accommodation House, Fairlie Creek, 1875-1884. Family and business connections with John HAYHURST.
My CAMPBELL family (through my grandmother Annie WEDERELL) are still to be found in or near the Cannington Valley.

 

Name: tania <lance.alsop@zfree.co.nz>
Date: 2001-07-22
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? fishing
Comments:
Hi I am looking for any info on the Alsop family that lived in Templeton. Henry Alsop who married Caroline Wakley in England. I am doing the family tree for Lance Alsop whom I take care of. Henry is his great great grandfather but can not find out when he came to NZ or beyound him. He came from Sommerset England. Any info would be great Thanks Tania
 

Name: David William Roberts <roberts.co@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-07-18
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Kroon,Dooke.Jones,Agent,Hughs,Sevicke,Toaffe,Coupland,Campbell,Trower,
Comments:
William Jones came out on the Stathallan. William Stephen Agent and his wife Jane nee Baikshaw came out from Ardingly Sussex (not sure witch ship)
Their siblings Winifrd Agent and William Benjaman Sevicke Jones married.6 children Willie,Stan,Alf,Winnie,Elsieand Ngaire (nee Jones) Kroon.
Wanting to hear from any relatives of the above.

 

Name: David William Roberts <roberts.co@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-07-18
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Jones,Doake,
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Skiing
Comments:
My greatgrandparents, Agents and Jones settled in Sth Canturbury somewhere
 

Name: Margaret Button <dogmatix10@hotmail.com>
Date: 2001-07-09
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? a better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? situation
Comments:
Having lived here since 1965, with a 5 year gap in Singapore, we can appreciate New Zealand aqnd in particular, South Canterbury for its lifestyle, proximity to larger areas, and the friendliness of its people.
 

Name: Marilyn Louis <Loueg@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-06-30
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Clear fresh air and wilderness.
Comments:
Looking for relatives of James Augustus Louis born 1874 in Nelson, married in 1894 to Minnie Evelyn Pellow born 1880.
Would be most grateful for any information.

 

Name: Jean King <lily@connected.net.nz>
Date: 2001-06-23
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Don't know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? That's what I'd like to know
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Memories of big blue skies and long walks while hitch hiking
Comments:
I am searching for the family of my great grandfather George Washington TAYLER who arrived on the "Echunga" with his parents George and Sara TAYLER (not or) and one sibling. He went to school in Geraldine. More siblings were born there.
 

Name: prue townsend <prue@voyager.co.nz>
Date: 2001-06-22
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? no
Comments:
I am looking for information on Richard Burton Sibley - bridge builder (electoral roll 1876) and family. His daughter Clara married Samuel Cave - tailor.
 

Name: Shyrrel Saldivar <kiwi@hurontel.on.ca>
Date: 2001-06-12
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? the potato famine in Ireland
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
Comments:
Researching the name of Conaghan
 

Name: Andy Hay <Top-Haze@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-06-09
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Shifted up from Oamaru - their land there was needed for airport expansion
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yep
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Clear air, views of snow, skiing, memories of childhood at Sherwood
Comments:
Have to come back when I have time.
 

Name: Lorraine James <LMJames@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-06-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? don't know yet
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? fresh air and great views
Comments:
am researching my mum's ancestors, they are Patterson's, Bell's and Wadsworth's, found a heap on your page about the Wadsworth's. Excellent page with heaps of references and information. Many thanks
 

Name: Ann Wilson <blueysbus@hotmail.com>
Date: 2001-05-29
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Like their home country
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? scenery
Comments:
I was born in Timaru and am now tracing my ancestors These included Browns, Whitleys. and Dockrills so anyone interested please contact me on blueysbu@hotmail.com
 

Name: Frances Meroiti <f.meroiti@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-05-26
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? p[robably a better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? don't know
Comments:
My ggrandfather Edmund Perry settled in Geraldine abt 1872. Leased the bush hotel and Perry's brewery. He later moved to the north island, Te Awamutu/Te kuiti areas. Be interested to hear from anyone who has more information.
 

Name: Eric Penwell <rirjke@yahoo.ie>
Date: 2001-05-06
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? for a better way of life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? ?
What do you like best about South Canterbury? scenery
Comments:
I have relatives who lived in Geraldine, but cant find what happened to them after about 1930. I am trying to trace family of John Chapman FLEMING who was married to Gertrude May (nee Fisher). They lived in Geraldine in the 1920's where Chapman was a plumber. May died abt 1926, and I have reason to believe Chapman moved to Timaru some time after her death. They had three children that I know of Alan, Gertrude, and Winnifred (the two girls were born in Owaka).
 

Name: Jude Collie <collie@hypermax.net.au>
Date: 2001-04-24
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? I guess a better life - don't know really
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I believe a Fitzsimmins family - Rangiora born
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The cold, the beautiful scenery and definite seasons
Comments:
I am trying to trace the family of Daniel Lindon, from Warwickshire, and Charlotte Allington who arrived on the Crusader arriving 31.12.1874. They 4 children on arrival, George, Edward, John, & Daniel Jnr. I believe they had another 4 children in the years following their arrival. Daniel (Snr) died at Rangiora 22.01.1914 and Charlotte on 15.06.1913. Would love to hear from anyone related to these people - it would be nice to know there are others out there in the family. - Great Site, keep up the good work.
 

Name: LMJames <LMJames@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-04-06
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
Comments:
I live in the Nth Is and am tracing my mother's family which has led me to the Wadsworth Family. They were Thomas and Anna [nee' Wotts or Watts] WADSWORTH who emigrated to Lyttleton on the Strathallan 1959, this I have found out on your sight. Anna Elizabeth Wadsworth [one of the children] later married John Wooding in Geraldine, John dies around 1874-76. Anna remarries John Scott Patterson in Napier 1877, these people are my Grandmother's grandparents.
 

Name: Gabrielle Schiegg-Cleary <g.schieggcleary@bluewin.ch>
Date: 2001-03-26
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? father was a teacher there
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
Comments:
I was born in Fairlie but moved away when I was 6.
 

Name: rosemary mortland <Blair Mortland @xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-03-03
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? no
What do you like best about South Canterbury? never lived there
Comments:
trying to reseach ancesters christian fredrick dierck who lived in geraldine late 1890 1920 christian was married to barbara leah mcillraith ,her father was daniel mcillraith mother ann holloway
 

Name: Vicki Shaw <vicki.shaw@zfree.co.nz>
Date: 2001-02-27
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? better life I presume
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the helpful man at the musuem
Comments:
I am researching Matilda and John Reid who came out to NZ in 1859, they had 10 children of which I have found 5 one being Elizabeth Jane Reid who married William John Campbell who I know nothing about
 

Name: Lauren Kernohan <KCL@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-02-22
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? I am not sure
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes mainly in Timaru
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Visiting my relatives and catching up with them
Comments:
I am researching the following names in and around Timaru.
HOOKE, FODEN, KERNOHAN, CULLEN, ESLER.

 

Name: elizabeth graham-campbell <campbellsway@austarnet.com.au>
Date: 2001-02-22
Comments:
im not sure why my relations ended up in nz
 

Name: Tracey <traceyjarrod@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-02-22
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes, me and my family.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Everything, the great out doors,
Comments:
I am researching My G.G. Grandfather who settled in Tai Tapu. (MEHLHOPT).
 

Name: Ian Arthur Lough Sheppard <ian.sheppard@bluecarrots.com>
Date: 2001-02-18
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? DOBSON's : Recession in railway building in UK in the late 1840's. LOUGH's : probably news from NZ sent by the Dobson's. (Inf
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I should think it is very likely, but I do not know for certain, and I would like to find out.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Alas, I have never visited. I live in Stockton-on-Tees, UK.
Comments:
My great grandmother, Alice LOUGH was twin sister to Lucy LOUGH who married Alfred DOBSON, at Sumner, 22 Feb 1858. Her elder sister was Mary Ann LOUGH who married Edward DOBSON in UK and then they both came out to NZ. Her brother Edwin Henry LOUGH, and her cousin Henry LOUGH and family also came.

Any info or anecdotes, or contact from present day relatives, welcomed.

 

Name: Vicky Hornbrook <hornbrookva@hotmail.com>
Date: 2001-02-13
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? pioneers
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? I just love NZ
Comments:
I am interested, from anyone who may have information about Capt Caroline Frederick Scott MAUNDRELL - Captain of the barque 'Norman Morrison' died 1854 shortly after arrival in Lyttleton or his wife Elizabeth Constantia HORNBROOK. Also her brother William 1823 - 1882 & wife Margaret 1829 - 1912 HORNBROOK from the Arowhenua and Seadown properties Sth Canterbury. I am directly related to this family.
What an interesting site.......keep it up.
Cheers Vicky Hornbrook, Sydney, Australia.

 

Name: Wendy Morton <daisymort@paradise.net.z>
Date: 2001-02-12
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? New beginnings
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Unsure
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The mountains
Comments:
My gg grandfather was George HALL and settled in NZ in 1856 after arriving in Lyttleton with his two brothers Thomas and John. They bought land in Canterbury (as shown in your Run section), but you failed to mention that they were one of the original holders of the Balmoral Run. The HALL family were my father's maternal line - his paternal line MORTON came from Scotland to Southland in 1859 and settled in MORTON MAINS (named after my gggf) and SEAWARD DOWNS.
Your site is well constructed and very user-friendly - thanks a lot!

 

Name: Judith A foy <judithfoy@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2001-02-10
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? A better life than Halifax ofered
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Not as far as I know
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The scenery, mountains & rivers
Comments:
My NICHOLSON family arrived in 1878 and for short periods of time were in areas of South Canterbury before moving to Palmerston North, but when, I haven't been able to pin point a time line.
 

Name: Olwyn <whitehouse@symet.net>
Date: 2001-02-03
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Their father, Edward, did not want his sons to follow a career in the Royal Navy.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes - Fairlie, Timaru & Winchester
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Being up above the mist early in the morning with my dog, Skip, mustering.
Comments:
John & Robert Worthington were sent out to New Zealand with a guardian on the Derwentwater in 1861 to establish farms and to get away from a career in seafaring. They settled at Pleasant Point. Their father was a master mariner and in the 1830s Captain of Vessels and Trade at Port Louis. They had never done any work before coming to New Zealand for they always been looked after by servants so life was tough for them, especially when they were hard hit by the depression of the 1880s. John was very fond of riding and was noted for his dogs and horses.
 

Name: Chris Harris <chrissyatnz@hotmail.com>
Date: 2001-02-02
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Don't know yet.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? A view of the southern alps with snow on.
Comments:
I would like to find out any information on the TIFFEN family from Waimati/Makikihi around the 1900 - 1940.
 

Name: Allan Wood <allanwood@hotmail.com>
Date: 2001-01-23
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? dont know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
Comments:
Looking for any information on William Walter Wood from Fairlie
 

Name: Mike Lithgow <usakiwi@uswestmail.net>
Date: 2000-12-25
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
Comments:
Iwas born in Christchurch but still have relatives living in Ashburton.My mother was lived in Hinds as a child.
 

Name: Murray Rawstorn <murrayrawstorn@hotmail.com>
Date: 2000-12-19
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Unsure, presumably better opportunities and Govt assisted - 1863
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Timaru and Geraldine
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Its part of the Canterbury region
Comments:
I am descended from Hiram and Elizabeth Rawstorn, nee Ber(r)esford who emigrated from Stockport, Cheshire, by the barque Victory, arriving Timaru in Oct 1863. Hiram was the son of Joseph and Susannah, nee Clark.
I recently had the opportunity of visiting the area they came from, and found evidence of even older ancestors. Also met someone of the same (unusual) surname living there, although no connection has yet been made to them.
Look forward to hearing from anyone who may have this family name appearing in their family histories.

 

Name: Fay Crampton <crampton@tpg.com.au>
Date: 2000-11-21
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? farming
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Fond childhood memories. I grew up here.
Comments:
Would like to hear from any Crampton, Locklead, Bateman, Bennington relations.
 

Name: Robyn <robyn_p@es.co.nz>
Date: 2000-10-10
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Still looking
Comments:
Great site, heaps of info, well done guys
 

Name: Bryan alan Chamberlain <kathyc67@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2000-10-07
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? A better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes heaps
What do you like best about South Canterbury? mountain ranges
Comments:
I bryan was born in canterbury and i would like to hear from people who new my mother dawn yvonne chamberlain (madin name alexander) or my father colin norman chamberlain,or he was better known as Tex,it would be nice to catch up on some family history.

With thanks Bryan

 

Name: Jeni Finucane <jeni@clear.co.nz>
Date: 2000-10-02
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? jobs, land, and opportunity to live life to the full
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes - Johnstone, McNicholl, Frame
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The lakes are huge and pretty
Comments:
Still researching this stuff. If anyone finds an entry in the ships logs for Alexander Frame - single male, aged about 20, occupation Stoker or weaver, arrived from Scotland probably Glasgow about 1874; give me a quick liner (no pun intended) Thanks. and Hi to Paul McNicholl if he finds this.


 

Name: Heather Potts <potz@free.net.nz>
Date: 2000-09-23
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? A better life - they came from County Down
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes. Descendents of Ledgerwoods and Campbells
What do you like best about South Canterbury? It is half way between Dunedin and Christchurch
Comments:
I am dead keen to hear from anyone who can help me trace descendents of Flora Campbell and William Ledgerwood, who came out to NZ from Drumraegh County Down and married in CHCH area 1871.The Ledgerwoods farmed at Highbank. There was about 10 in my grandmothers family. Only four of the daughters married and had families.Would appreciate any help. Will be coming that way soon to start researching.

Cheers

 

Name: Norah Parry-Davies <norah.parry-davies@vailima.freeserve.co.uk>
Date: 2000-09-23
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? A better life after the rebellion of 1745
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Very distant cousins
What do you like best about South Canterbury? the space
Comments:
I have a number of distant connections scattered about NZ. Most are descendants of Peter Grant my great grandfather's brother. Some are descended from my great grandfather Alexander Grant who farmed at Pirongia. I am trying to draw them all together in a pedigree.
 

Name: Lynne Hyde <kevynne@xtra,co,nz>
Date: 2000-09-10
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? probably as it was a farming area.
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? not sure.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? my ancestors lived there so it must be O.K.My ancest
Comments:
I am interested in the South Canterbury area as my THEW a
ncestors lived in the Orari Gorge and Peel Forest Areas. I would be very interested in contacting any body who is resaerching that name.

 

Name: Irene M Scott <irene@calluna.freeserve.co.uk>
Date: 2000-09-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Probably work opportunities
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Hoping to find some
What do you like best about South Canterbury? Hoping to find out sometime in the future
Comments:
I believe my ancestor James Macpherson, who was born on Islay, Scotland, lived in Lyttleton in the 1860s - a photograph of him was recovered from the wreck of the mailship "Colombo" in 1863. Any relevant information would be very welcome.
 

Name: Steven McLaren <smclaren@hotmail.com>
Date: 2000-09-08
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Freedom.. Adventure..Ownership.. no bloody poms !!!
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? I believe so.
What do you like best about South Canterbury? The outdoors, the history
Comments:
Great site. Keen to chat to anyone who knows the history of Palmerston. Also keen if anyone knows of the vessel " Agra"
 

Name: Patricia Brown <patricia@acay.com.au>
Date: 2000-08-20
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Don't know
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? probably
What do you like best about South Canterbury? your website
Comments:
Excellent website
 

Name: Faye O'Rourke <fayza@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2000-08-18
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Better life
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? Yes
Comments:
Great site.My descendants are Davis, Barrett, Hall,and Green
 

Name: Margaret Moore <mlmoore@xtra.co.nz>
Date: 2000-08-01
What motivated your ancestors to settle here? Probably the Irish Famine
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? yes, Teahen, Brophy
What do you like best about South Canterbury? fresh air, nice water
Comments:
Hi everyone, this is a fantastic site, I have passed it on to other genealogists in Auckland. Congratulations Sth Canterbury, a wonderful effort. My Teahen's came from Kerry, but I'm having great difficulty locating any more information than that. John Teahen m Margaret O'Connell 1880 Temuka, would appreciate an email if someone comes across him in a shipping list.
 

Name: Kerryn <gktaylor@mcmedia.com.au>
Date: 2000-06-23
Do you still have relatives in South Canterbury? Area? don't know
Comments:
Hi,
I am visiting a lot of NZ sites to try to research my grandfathers family (FORSYTH). So far I have had no luck.I'm not even sure where South Canterbury is. My grandfather came from Rangiora. I did visit NZ in about 1977
staying in Christchurch. It certainly is a beautiful country.