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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. 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
Events Calendar NZH article 2015

   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
, Boards & Archives etc. 

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 Una Platts
Search sites ebay New Zealand ebay time ad If a link is broken use
Tools Map NZ Top Wises 1912 Everyplace in NZ Cenotaph Database + Cemeteries   Te Papa
Newspapers & News New Zealand Newspapers
Timaru Herald Deaths

Timaru Herald 1864 -1920 

  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.  

Webpage of the month: Burkes Pass Cemetery
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. 

Photo of the month: Taken on Easter Sunday 27th March. A month later the leaves turn. Monument to Michael John Burke, a graduate of Dublin University and the first occupier of Raincliff Stn. Erected at Pass, known to the Maoris as Te Kopi Opihi 1855. Top of the long cutting, Burkes Pass. There is a safe area to pull in. The Pass is 2200 feet  above sea level.

Oh ye who enter the portals of the Mackenzie to found homes, take the word of a child of the misty gorges and plant forest trees for your lives. So shall your mountain facings and river flats be preserved to your children's children and for evermore. 1917 T.D. Burnett

Look at that beautiful blue sky. Is that so far away?

Once over the pass good progress is made to Lake Tekapo.

Pine tree at the left back. Silver birch to the far right. In 1910 the Council had extensive planting of trees in hand; already there were between three and four hundred acres planted chiefly larch and spruce and some pinus ponderosa and the work is being steadily advanced  Pinus Coulteri and Pinus Ponderosa have large cones and both are North American West Coast natives as is their relative Pinus Insignis. P.Insignis is the major NZ N.I. specie in NZ but P. Ponderosa was the preferred specie for Mackenzie County Council plantings at least back in the 1930s & 40s. The trees are easy to spot on the side of the road when driving to Tekapo from Burkes Pass - they have long needles and a little paler green. There is a Pinus Coulteri at Dog Kennel Corner and one at parking area at Lake Tekapo the town side of the new footbridge.

The Lake Tekapo Regional Park on the eastern shore of Lake Tekapo down Lilybank Rd is predominantly a coniferous forest planted with Pinus contorta (Lodgepole), Pinus nigra (Corsican) and Pinus ponderosa (Ponderosa); and Larix decidua (European larch) being the main species. There are lesser numbers of secondary pines species including silver birch, oak and Australian gum species. Extensive tree planting was carried out by the Lake Tekapo Young Farmers, Waitaki Catchment Commission, Ministry of Works & Development and the New Zealand Forest Service and continued until 1976 with a total of approximately 385,000 trees. map. Lookout for rabbits.

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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