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South Canterbury, New Zealand lies in the centre of the South Island bounded by the Rangitata River to the north and Waitaki River to the south and stretching from the east coast to the Southern Alps where Mount Cook dominates the range.  The 5,276 square miles or 3,504,640 acres of land changes from plain to downland to foothills and mountains.  The Mackenzie Basin has three large lakes; Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo that are all part of the Waitaki River catchment and contributes to the supply of water which provides electric power for the South Island. Discover the Waitaki Hydro Scheme (June 2). Industries include tourism, grain growing and dairy, deer, cattle and sheep farming. The port of Timaru is a central multipurpose bulk handling facility. The foothills - Four Peaks, Hunter Hills, the hills behind Fairlie and the Two Thumb Range are often dusted with snow. Refresh page to view the images above - four of the photos are views on the opposite side of Four Peaks, the Fairlie Basin, looking back towards Four Peaks from Middle Rd, Sherwood Downs and a painting of the run "Ribbonwood" on the Sherwood Range part of the Two Thumb Range. Take the roads less travelled for thirteen days and that will make all the difference when touring the South Island - the shingle roads. Braemar Rd and Upper Rangitata Gorge Rd. Get out in the country and go for a Sunday drive, map.

   Add input regarding migration in and out of the area.      Why did the settlers select South Canterbury to settle? Back up Hint: Construct your entry off line, do spell check, then cut and paste.


Also check out Directories, Electoral Rolls, and Sheepowner Returns as they are images. 

Mailing Lists
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NZ Mailing List: A closed mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in New Zealand. All subject lines include "[NZ]" and so easily filtered to a special folder  for reading.  Usually I am not subscribed but do browse the Archives daily and subscribe when I want to contribute.  Approx. 15 messages daily. Replies may be made in the public forum or in private, depending on the nature (public interest) of the reply.  email for posting, only use if you are subscribed. 

Message Board: GEDCOM files and pictures can be attached, .JPG or .GIF format to a message. Maybe you have unidentified photos you would like to upload so that others might view and possibly identify or decipher the place, people, medal, signature, passenger list, etc. If you have a photo of an ancestor's headstone upload it when posting an obituary for that individual. New Zealand mailing lists

Hint: use Google to search Papers Past e.g. copy & paste "T. Thompson" 1882 -"l=mi" site: into Google
Hint 2: the use of "" can restrict a search to exact i.e. "Waitangi Station" The same can be achieved by using Edmumd.Gibson as would Gibson.Edmumd or Waitangi + Station + Gibson
Genealogy sites
NZ BDMs online. Look under stillbirths for DOB. Some of them are late registrations and others probably reregistrations in the name of the adoptive parents for adopted children, not ordinary late registrations.
Ancestry NZ BMD records from the fiche
Australian BMD Index
Archways for WWI service records AABK as the Agency, 1914 1919 for years and Held at Wgtn. Probate items. Transcribe reference numbers correctly! NZ BoundNZ Bound Google books 
more genealogy sites World Connect

New Zealand GenForum

 *RootsWeb mailing listsearch engine
19th Cent. NZ Artists
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Search sites ebay New Zealand ebay time ad If a link is broken use
Tools Map NZ Top Wises 1912 Everyplace in NZ + Cemeteries   Te Papa
Tools    Beverley's site
Newspapers & News New Zealand Newspapers
Timaru Herald Deaths

Timaru Herald 1864 -1920 
Temuka Leader 31 July 1878-1932
Waimate Advertiser 1898 -1919

  Trove, AUS
Community newspapers
One News
Pictorial Collections South Canterbury Museum online database - rate rolls. Pioneer Hall was built in 1966.  
Heritage Images
AKL Libraries
Christchurch City Libraries
Hocken Snapshot
Archives & Manuscripts Combined Collections of Unpublished manuscripts and pictures collections in the ATL
1854 to 1950
1940 Vol. 2
Ka Kohika 

THE MOUNTAIN SIGNAL - Special thanks to the volunteers and visitors who help make this site grow and bloom!! Cheers, Olwyn

Be sure that your family is represented - send me an email with your information or corrections. Please email me if you have enjoyed visiting or if you found the site useful or interesting.    

Off site webpage:  Canterbury is One Hundred - a short two part documentary film. CHCH collection.

Photo of the month:  Timaru 1968/69. January at Caroline Bay. Photo taken by W. Neill. Who was Mr Neill? The M.V. Somerset in port. See the Federal Steam Navigation Co. house flag, four white rectangles with a dark blue rectangle in the middle on the funnel. The funnel is red with a black ring on top.

Some fabulous old family cars in the photo. Definitely a Studebaker with the rounded grill in front, an American car, with the steering wheel on the right! In the late 1960s British cars still comprised more than half of all new cars and Australian brands accounted for another third. The Vauxhall Velox was a family car, a six-cylinder, produced by Vauxhall from 1948 to 1965 competing with the contemporary six-cylinder Ford Zephyr. Here we have 8 Vauxhalls and 9 Fords. ..we used to play spot the car, make &  model. A family car was used to describe a normally-sized car, equivalently mid-size cars in the States.

Starting from foreground L to R: Studebaker, Morris 1100, Mk1 Ford Cortina with a roof rack, 66 HR Holden station wagon, 52 Vauxhall Velox, Vauxhall Velox.

2nd row: white HK Holden, Austin, Ford Anglia, Fiat 1500 (bonnet raised), PB Vauxhall, EK Holden white top, HR Holden station wagon with white top.

3rd row: Plymouth, Thames van, 52 Ford Prefect (black); AP5 Chrysler Valiant, Chevrolet.

4th row: Austin A55 two toned car, Morris Oxford white top, Morris Minor, Standard Vanguard, PB Vauxhall, Chevrolet white car, Ford Fairlane, Mk2 Ford Zephyr, Austin Westminster.

Best spot beach: 54 EIP Vauxhall Velox, Hillman Minx, Austin van, Mk1 Ford Zephyr white car, Mk3 Ford Zephyr dark car, HK Holden station wagon, Morris Oxford, Austin Cambridge, Morris Minor, Vauxhall Velox, Mk3 Ford Zephyr, Vauxhall Velox, Morris Minor, Standard Vanguard, PB Vauxhall, Chevrolet, Ford Fairlane. 

The Velox was a farmer's favourite and they were loyal to the brand. In 1954 after a day trip to Mt Cook in a new 1954 Vauxhall Velox at 9 pm at night the headlights when out. In those days the roads were still shingle and rough all the way down to just above Pleasant Point so Mum and Dad called into the Lake Pukaki Inn. Dad and Mum didn't expect to be fed but the woman there apolgised that the cook had gone home and so she served thinly sliced cold mutton with pickles and thin bread with butter. It was delicious. It turned out to be a enjoyable evening as Dad had gone to school with Inky Wardell in Fairlie.

A lych-gate in Geraldine, photo taken 16 March 2017, will add it to our lych-gate page.


Good morning from the paradise ducks at Talbot Forest.

Sound. Female predominates. Male on guard.

Please email me any photographs and old postcard images of South Canterbury for the site! Thanks.  Adopt a cemetery in South Canterbury.

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My viewers know more than I do.  We are very interested in what you know. We want to help you share.  volunteer: There are many opportunities for people to become involved in the GenWeb Project which is dedicated to making genealogical information available online for free.  South Canterbury war memorial transcriptions, cemetery listings, electoral rolls, Wises Directory information, school reunion announcements are areas where you can get involved. Does not take any special skills other than the desire to help others.  Also looking for volunteers to do lookups in genealogical material.  If anyone knows of information sources for South Canterbury or if you want to volunteer to help with lookups etc., please send me an email . I am looking for three more photos on South Canterbury scenes, buildings, events etc. with similar dimensions.  Images welcomed.

Keeping Internet Genealogy Free. If you have an interest in South Canterbury this site will be a good starting place.  My mission is to provide local history and family history scholars information to help facilitate research.  If you would like to contribute information to these pages, please email me.

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