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. Take the roads less travelled for thirteen days and that will make all the difference when touring the South Island - the shingle roads.
Timaru - one of New
Zealand's best kept secrets.
part one - the port.
part two - Caroline Bay
part three - CBD
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Photo of the
month: Dead Man's
Webpage of the month. Washdyke lagoon.
Her Excellency's Knitting Book.
For the Empire and for Freedom.
We all must do our bit:
The men go forth to battle,
The women wait - and knit.
Dead Man's Penny. 5" in diameter actual size. I didn't realise how small they
were until I saw one on a headstone at the Burkes Pass Cemetery.
Charles Smart, born 8th June 1890 at Burkes Pass. shepherd, employed by A. McRae, Godly Peaks. Father Elijah Smart, Burkes Pass, Presbyterian.
7/1142, Smart, Charles. C.M.R. Mac Gun Sqd, NZR Bde. Died of wounds in the field 31 March 1918. Report made by A/C 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance at Palestine Map Sheet AMMAM R.19.d. Officiating Chaplain J.P. Wilkinson, C.F. Buried 31/3/1918 Damascus Commonwealth War Cemetery.
Winter is coming. Autumn was beautiful. In the next few weeks expect the site to be updated. New pages for the Burkes Pass Cemetery, the Morven Cemetery, the Pleasant Point Cemetery and a musterers hut and bridges in South Canterbury and a country road. A few pages will be updated, e.g. Dog Kennel Corner, Mackenzie Highland Show etc.
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.
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