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.
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,
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Photos of the month: Neville wrote 13th July 2017 "One of my favourite photos of South Canterbury." His Great Uncle Harry NECKLEN is kneeling second from left front row. Henry Joseph (Harry) NECKLEN a member of the Timaru Garrison Band. More photos. Harry’s son Charlie also played in the 1920 band at Ballarat. Charlie also had a dance band that played around the South Canterbury region. Harry’s nephew "Roly” Thomas became Eb soprano cornet champion of NZ in 1940. Information courtesy of Neville.
Henry Joseph (Harry) NECKLEN, carpenter & handyman (sawyer) d. in Timaru 20 June
1939 aged 70.
Born 1869 at Hastings in Sussex, son of William John NECKLEN 1841-1905.
Emigrated to Timaru NZ on the “Merope” in 1875.
Member of Timaru City Brass Band 1886.
Euphonium champion 1893, 1894, 1895.
Married Caroline Arthur in Timaru 1894. Caroline d. Dec. 25th 1939 aged 72 years. Children: Carrie Irene b. 1896, George b. 1901, Charles Henry b. 1902.
1902 member of Timaru Coronation Orchestra. In 1920 Harry won two alabaster vases as Australasian euphonium champion. The vases were donated to the South Canterbury Museum by his son-in-law H.A. Toneycliffe. Carrie m. Hubert Arthur Toneycliffe in 1918. Carrie d. 29th April 1961 aged 65yrs. Hubert died 11 Aug. 1983 aged 90. Harry won the cross shaped medal on left of jacket for Euphonium contest held in Invercargill in 1894 when he was playing with the Timaru Garrison Band. His great granddaughter Mrs Gannam donated the medal to the museum 13 Sept. 1983. In 1926 the band became the Timaru Municipal Band.
Looks rather sparse but is certainly a brass band and in a paddock with tussocks growing in the front and pine trees behind the fence row.
Instruments : Back Row from left:-3 Cornets (middle could be Soprano) the
4th from Left. Conductor
5th The circular bass instrument is a Helicon, which pre-dates the Sousaphone still bass pitch generally Bb or Eb.
6th Hard to see could be a flugelhorn, softer toned cornet Bb
7th Eb Horn
Front row from left : 1 & 2 Euphoniums, Bass Drum and snare drum, Drummer, Tuba
Interesting that there are no Trombones in the photo.
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