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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 grain growing and sheep. 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 Two Thumb Range, Sherwood Downs, Fairlie.

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


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Hint: use Google to search Papers Past e.g. copy & paste "T. Thompson" 1882 -"l=mi" site:http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz into Google
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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
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Photos of the month  The photos are courtesy Steve and Paula, brought on trade me. The album came from Nelson, and belonged to Edith Melville Clifford who married Graham Goodenough Hayter in 1910. There are 22 pages of photos, time frame from about 1907 to 1917ish, with the photos covering the families plus pets, Rollesby Station, Scarborough Timaru, India, Nelson and Australia. The album is now owned by Paula Wells & Steve Fraser. Posted Sept. 2014.

Timaru Herald, 5 March 1908, Page 4
ROLLESTON—BLAIR On 3rd March. 1908, at St. Mary's Church. Timaru, by the Ven. Archdeacon Harper, Francis Joseph, fourth son of the late William Rolleston, to Mary Winifred, elder daughter of H. D. Blair, Scarborough.

Timaru Herald, 4 March 1908, Page 4
At St. Mary's yesterday Mr F. J. Rolleston was married to Miss Blair, daughter of Mr Blair, Scarborough. Archdeacon Harper officiated. Mr Rolleston was supported by his brother while the Misses M. Blair, Raine and Rolleston acted as bridesmaids.

Press, 7 March 1908, Page 9
Mr F. J. Rolleston, solicitor, of Timaru, who contested the Timaru seat at last election was married at Timaru this week, to Miss Blair, oldest daughter of H. D. Blair, of Timaru. Immediately after the marriage, Mr and Mrs Rolleston left on a trip the Old Country.

Mary Blair married Francis Joseph Rolleston on 3 March 1908. He was MP for Timaru 1922 – 1928. Frank died in 1946 aged 73.

Timaru Herald, 29 February 1908, Page 6 PRESENTATION. TO MR F. J. ROLLESTON.
About forty professional and business men met in the Club Hotel last evening, to make a wedding present to Mr F. J. Rolleston....Mr H. B. Kirk then made the presentation. It gave him much pleasure, too to tell them that when he asked the Hon. W. Hall-Jones whether he would like to subscribe to this presentation to his opponent at the last election, he replied, " I found him a gentleman worthy of my steel, and will subscribe with pleasure." That, he thought, was very good, coming from an old opponent. (Applause.) He hoped that Mr and Mrs Rolleston would live to use their present for many, many years. The present consisted of a handsome silver-mounted oaken tea tray, and silver tea set. The tray bore a silver plate with the inscription: "Patented to F. J. Rolleston by a few friends, on the occasion of his marriage, 1908." Mr Rolleston, in reply, said a friend had remarked to him that this was the beginning of his matrimonial troubles. If he never had worse troubles than this he would be a happy man. He had asked another friend what he might expect, and he was told: "Oh there'll be some songs, and some speeches, and you'll hear the customary lies that are used on such occasions.'" He would not like to accuse his friends of want of veracity; at the same time he felt a sense of unworthiness of all the kind tidings said about him. He felt that he had now the kindliest audience he had ever had, and was pleased to see that it, included men of all politicals and occupations, town men and country men, and he took it as a great compliment that Mr Evans was present, in disregard of his doctor's orders not to go out at night. A man must be more than human if he did not feel moved to hear such things said of him. He was particularly impressed by Mr Kirk's relation that, the Minister of Public Works had said he would gladly subscribe to the presentation. His relations with the Minister throughout the last campaign were of the most friendly kind, and nothing could be better evidence of that than that Mr Hall-Jones had joined in their presentation. Mr Rolleston went on to speak of his eight years' steady work in Timaru ; of the happiness of his partnership with Mr C.H. Tripp, and his anticipation that his next partnership would of its kind be equally happy, of his desire to see some thing of other countries after spending 55 years in New Zealand. He looked forward with a good deal of pleasure to doing this; but he also looked forward to the pleasure of coming back, and meeting them all again in Stafford street some Saturday. Their kind present would always be a reminder of this meeting and the kind wishes which in any case he could never forget.

Star, 9 May 1914  Timaru Herald,  9 May 1914, Page 3
HAYTER-BLAIR. A pretty wedding took place at St Mary's in Timaru, last Tuesday, 5.5.1914, when Miss Margaret Blair, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Blair, Scarborough, was married by the Rev Stanley Hinson, Pleasant Point, to Mr Chilton Hayter, fourth son of Mrs Hayter, Rollesby, and the late Captain Hayter, R.N. The bride, who was given away by her father, looked very pretty in a simple white satin with medici collar of lace, the V shaped bodice being filled in with lace; white veil and orange blossom. She carried a white shower bouquet. The chief bridesmaid, Miss Joan Raine, wore a frock of pale pink satin, with a white lace-edged ninon overdress, in pale blue satin belt. Her hat was violet, with a feather ruche and her bouquet was of shaded pink chrysanthemums. The three small bridesmaids, Misses Mary and Rosamund Rolleston and Helen Bruce, were dressed alike in pale pink chiffon with pale blue satin sashes, and lace caps with pink rosettes. They carried white wands with pale blue bows. Mrs Blair wore black satin, veiled in black ninon, small black velvet hat with pink rosebuds. Mrs Hayter. black face cloth with Bulgarian silk waistcoat, black velvet hat with shaded plume; Mrs F. J. Rolleston, mole corduroy, mole velvet hat with pink plume; Mrs Graham Hayter, light grey coat and skirt, pale blue hat with velvet bow and scarlet flowers; Mrs R. T. Bruce, mole brocaded cloth coat and skirt with blue rovers, black velvet hat and feather. Others present were Mrs Studholme, Mrs Palmer Chapman, Mrs Bryan King, Mrs Jacob, Mrs Hinson, Mrs Cartwright, Misses Raine (3), Dryden, Zeisler, E. Shand. Laing-Meason, Marchant, M'Lean, Clifford, Messrs Rolleston, Hayter (3), Revell, Ulrich, Dr Ulrich, Rev Stanley Hinson and Archdeacon Jacob. Mr Cyril Hayter was best man and Mr Rainier Ulrich groomsman. A reception was held at Mrs Rolleston's residence, Le Cren's Terrace, and later in the day the bride and bridegroom left by motor for Christchurch, en route for Sydney, the former wearing a mauve coat and skirt and a panne hat to match, lynx stole and furs. The bridegroom's present to the chief bridesmaid was an aquamarine pendant and to the others gold bangles.

Eugenie Elizabeth Huddleston and Francis Hayter married in 1878 in Nelson. Francis Hayter took over A.B. Smith's mortgage for Rollesby in Dec. 1882. Rollesby was still in the Hayter family in 1969. Children:
1880 Maud Goodenough Hayter
1882 Launcelot Hayter
1884 Gwendolyn Hayter married Charles Algernon Parker 1915
1885 Eugenie Catherine Hayter
1887 Francis Goodenough Hayter b 4 Apr married Muriel Mortimer-Scott 1918 London
1889 Chilton Goodenough Hayter m. Margaret Rosabel Blair 5th May 1914 [WW1 7/1167] [Mary Blair's sister]
1891 Cyril Hayter [KIA August 1915 age 24]
1881 Graham Goodenough Hayter married Edith Melville Clifford 20 Jan 1910

Lieutenant Cyril, youngest son of Mrs Hayter of Rollesby Station, Mackenzie Country, was killed in action at the Dardanelles on August 28. 8th (South Canterbury) Sqn, Canterbury Mounted Rifles, NZEF. He probably left Fairlie in August 1914 for camp. Left NZ. in Oct. 1914. Died in August 1915.

Serial No. 7/63
First Known Rank Lieutenant
NoK Mrs Hayter (mother), Rollesby, Burke's Pass, South Canterbury, NZ
Born 4th February 1891, at Rollesby Station, Burke's Pass
Marital Status Single, sheepfarmer, Anglician
Enlistment Address Rollesby, Burke's Pass, NZ
Military District Canterbury
Body on Embarkation Main Body
Embarkation Unit Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Embarkation Date 16 October 1914
Place of Embarkation Lyttelton
Destination Suez, Egypt
Military Awards Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
Award Circumstances
London Gazette, 28 January 1916, p1210: In connection with the operations described in General I. Hamilton's despatch dated 11 December 1915
Last Unit Served Canterbury Mounted Rifles
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of Death 28 August 1915
Age at Death 24
Cause of Death Killed in action in the Suvla area, north of Anzac.
Memorial Name Hill 60 (New Zealand) Memorial, Hill 60 Cemetery, Turkey
S/o Francis Hayter and Eugenie Elizabeth Hayter, of Rollesby, Burkes Pass


Bath house, Athlone near Albury 1908. Woolshed and homestead.

Mt. Egmont Camp Party, Xmas 1907.

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