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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 tourism, grain growing and dairy, deer, cattle and sheep farming. 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 Sherwood Range part of the Two Thumb Range. Take the roads less travelled for thirteen days and that will make all the difference when touring the South Island - the shingle roads. Braemar Rd and Upper Rangitata Gorge Rd. Get out in the country and go for a Sunday drive, map.

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
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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: 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 + Cemeteries   Te Papa
Tools    Beverley's site
Newspapers & News New Zealand Newspapers
Timaru Herald Deaths

Timaru Herald 1864 -1920 
Temuka Leader 31 July 1878-1932
Waimate Advertiser 1898 -1919

  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.   

Photos of the month: The First Battle of the Somme. WW1 photo. NZR (New Zealand Rifles) on shoulder title. Help identify these men. Ernest Murphy 6/3107 from Cave with the X by his head. Also in this group photo is James Turnbull 6/3185 from Pleasant Point, Christopher Cooper 6/2988 from Cave and James Arnold Kearton 6/3059 N.O.K Studholme. But where? Jam came in tins. Jam tins were used for all sorts of things e.g. jam tin lamp. Looks like an everyday scene at Trentham camp during reinforcement training. On the tent DEFENCE NZ 1912. The tents were the large bell shaped tent, with three vents near the top and with a centre pole at least 9' high and the men would sleep on a palliasse, a bag filled with straw, all with their feet to the middle, up to 15 men per tent. It also has a Wellington photographers stamp on the right hand side. On the back Special Drillyte. Harringtons, 42 Willis Street, Wellington.  Photo courtesy of Iain. Watch for more info on his blog.

The soldiers rolled their grey army blanket up into their Greatcoats. The soldier in the front is wearing army denims (green). They were worn by new recruits while on fatigue, doing manual work. The man is also wearing hobnail boots and another has dirty fingernails so probably have been digging.

Photos of the month: Benjamin Richardson, a joiner, from Orari, with his son William Hans Richardson building the St. Aidan Church in 1910.  The opening was in May 1910. No longer at the site.Was the building shifted? To where? There is only 18 headstones in the cemetery. Dr. James Shaw Hayes of Temuka who died September 23rd 1910 has this inscription on his headstone:

Life is mostly Froth and bubble
Two things stand like stone
Kindness in another's trouble
Courage in your own

 The cabbage tree might be still on the hill. Mullin still there in the grounds. Mullein is naturalised weed, usually found in open areas and it is one of the first plants to grow in a place that has burned or disturbed and is often to be found growing on roadsides in dry soil so it is a 'pioneer plant'. It does not like shade. Mullein is biennial, and at the end of the second year the plant dies. The rosette of downy leaves survives through winter and the flower stalk grows the second year and flowers in the summer, 1" yellow 5 petal flowers. The seeds do not disperse very far rarely. Seeds can survive almost any conditions and can last up to 100 years. Since mullein can't grow in shade, the seeds can lay in the soil, waiting until plants around them die or are removed.

11 August 2016 from the Pleasant Point Cemetery Hill. More snow. There was a haze and different light but it lets you see fresh snow on the foothills. It was a beautiful sight. We have had daily frosts but very refreshing.

30 July 2016. The Sherwood Range with Mt. Ribbonwood to Fox Peak and the High Claytons.

The Open Country
I see again the upland wilds, stern, rugged, bleak and bare;
The strong winds sweep o'er the hill sides steep
And the tussocks toss in the icy air,
Silver and gold in the changing light,
Gold and silver far-up on the height
Of the mountain wild and bare."
by Rev. D. Wright McKee  

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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