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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New pages include the Morven Cemetery. In the next few weeks expect the site to be updated with new pages for 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.
Timaru Herald, 11 June 1914, Page 7 A FORTNIGHT'S
CHRISTCHURCH TO TIMARU. In 1861 the late Captain Woollcombe brought his bride from Christchurch and the journey occupied a fortnight. Miss Woollcombe told a representative of the "Herald" some of the adventures they experienced, as she had heard the story from her mother. They set forth from Christchurch with a bullock dray, two bullock drivers, a dog cart towed behind the dray, and a dog. They had great trouble with the rivers, and the dog cart breaking its axle, had to be brought most of the way on the dray. The Geraldine Creek was to high for them to cross, and a stay of several days had. to be made with Mr Alfred Cox, of Raukapuka. When at last they reached their home at Waimataitai it was impossible to use the dog cart because the road from there to Timaru would not allow it to be used. Journeys to the settlement or to distant neighbours were not made then by the road so often as in a direct line "across country." When the Woollcombes' present house was being built, Bishop Harper had occasion to hold a meeting at Mr Herbert Belfield's house, on the adjoining hill, and the foundations of the Woollcombes' dwelling were taken to serve as chairs for the assemblage. Mr Belfield, who was afterwards proprietor of the "Herald," was the first milkman of Timaru, carrying the milk himself, so simple were the times, in two large vessels.
Photo of the month: Who is he? What does the armband mean? Impressed on the bottom right corner - Dinham and Sons, Torquay. 34 Union Street.
Un-fortunately with this type of photograph being in back and white it is difficult to be 100 percent accurate. What I can determine from the photograph is that it is WWI and the gentleman is in Service Dress Uniform, holding a walking stick behind his back, which suggests to me that he had been injured at some stage. The armband is possibly a blue armband which would of been worn with the Service Dress Uniform by hospital patients while on special leave. The collar badges on the uniform appear to be that of the 2nd (South Canterbury) Regiment, and Dinham and Sonís, Torquay. 34 Union Street was a photographer in Devon England during WWI.
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