Welcome to the South Canterbury GenWeb, the place to be. 
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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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Also check out Directories, Electoral Rolls, and Sheepowner Returns as they are images. 

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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:http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz into Google
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
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Timaru Herald 1864 -1920 

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Pictorial Collections South Canterbury Museum online database - rate rolls. Pioneer Hall was built in 1966. Matapihi - digital collections of different NZ organisations Christchurch City Libraries
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Heritage Images Auckland Libraries
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Archives & Manuscripts Combined Collections of Unpublished manuscripts and pictures collections in the ATL
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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.  

Photos of the month courtesy of Roger Barclay.
V.C. Browne  (1900-1980) website thumbnails can also be views through DigitalNZ.

The “V.C. Browne and Son NZ Aerial Photograph Collection” contains approximately 34,000 scanned images as of July 2014. The collection commences in the early 1930s through to the late 1970s. The majority of the images it contains are black and white aerial photographs. Most photographs focus upon the South Island and the Canterbury region in particular, the collection also covers most New Zealand cities and towns. Victor Caryle Browne was not a pilot but a photographer who specialized in aerial coloured photos of farms, signed "VC Browne." Much of Browne's income was from such commissions from farmers. Browne's earlier works, in black and white, included cityscapes and images from the back country. A lake and a waterfall he discovered in flights over Fiordland were named after him. He was passionate about photography. He flew in many different planes as the collection spans nearly 50 years. The first images where from an open biplane taken with an old plate camera, the last images were taken from modern Canterbury Aeroclub planes with a Williamson 5x5 inch aerial camera. bio. photos

Fairlie, 1949, with the Gladstone Hotel, built in early 1884, on the left and the Mt. Cook Garage. The Railway Station on the right and a girl from Fairlie D.H.S. wearing the school uniform, a gym pinafore. A view of the Two Thumb Range straight up the Main St. Both buildings still standing.

April 2014 below and 65 years earlier, 1949 above.  Not much has changed. The railway station was moved up Main St. to the museum

April 2014.

The SC Museum, SC branch of NZ Society of Genealogists, Timaru Herald and volunteers are working on a database of SC participation in World War I, known as SCRoll. Information or memorabilia relating to this period for inclusion in the project would be welcomed. Contact Tony Rippin at the museum or Carol Bell.  

Why wear a poppy?
      

Evening Post, 10 November 1933, Page 6
ARMISTICE DAY—THEN AND NOW.
He was walking along the street when, the clock chimed the first stroke of 11. He stopped, removed his hat and stood with head bowed. The noise of the city suddenly died down. How quiet it seemed. It reminded him of just such a time fifteen years ago, when, he had lay in that English hospital. Dimly then, he remembered hearing the peeling of the church bells, and the patient in the next cot telling him that the war was over. Often he had wondered whether he would survive to see this day, and where, and what, he would be doing. And now, after years of fighting he had been knocked out just a month too soon. Damn the war! Damn "Fritz"! Damn everything! But as he lay there and heard the groans of other wounded men, he realised that many of them were shattered in body worse than he. Then there were some of his comrades who would never return. He was at least alive. Surely, he thought, he had no cause to complain. Just then a tramcar bell clanged, and an automobile siren hooted. The city was returning to its normal business. Where was he? In Willis Street, of course. Must have been day-dreaming. As he wandered off with the support of a stick, his thoughts were that many might forgot Armistice Day, but he never would. It was on this day that his leg had been amputated.

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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