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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Off site webpage: Canterbury is One Hundred - a short two part documentary film. CHCH collection.
Photo of the month: Timaru 1968/69. January at Caroline Bay. Photo taken by W. Neill. Who was Mr Neill? The M.V. Somerset in port. See the Federal Steam Navigation Co. house flag, four white rectangles with a dark blue rectangle in the middle on the funnel. The funnel is red with a black ring on top.
Some fabulous old family cars in the photo. Definitely a Studebaker with the rounded grill in front, an American car, with the steering wheel on the right! In the late 1960s British cars still comprised more than half of all new cars and Australian brands accounted for another third. The Vauxhall Velox was a family car, a six-cylinder, produced by Vauxhall from 1948 to 1965 competing with the contemporary six-cylinder Ford Zephyr. Here we have 8 Vauxhalls and 9 Fords. ..we used to play spot the car, make & model. A family car was used to describe a normally-sized car, equivalently mid-size cars in the States.
Starting from foreground L to R: Studebaker, Morris 1100, Mk1 Ford Cortina with a roof rack, 66 HR Holden station wagon, 52 Vauxhall Velox, Vauxhall Velox.
2nd row: white HK Holden, Austin, Ford Anglia, Fiat 1500 (bonnet raised), PB Vauxhall, EK Holden white top, HR Holden station wagon with white top.
3rd row: Plymouth, Thames van, 52 Ford Prefect (black); AP5 Chrysler Valiant, Chevrolet.
4th row: Austin A55 two toned car, Morris Oxford white top, Morris Minor, Standard Vanguard, PB Vauxhall, Chevrolet white car, Ford Fairlane, Mk2 Ford Zephyr, Austin Westminster.
Best spot beach: 54 EIP Vauxhall Velox, Hillman Minx, Austin van, Mk1 Ford Zephyr white car, Mk3 Ford Zephyr dark car, HK Holden station wagon, Morris Oxford, Austin Cambridge, Morris Minor, Vauxhall Velox, Mk3 Ford Zephyr, Vauxhall Velox, Morris Minor, Standard Vanguard, PB Vauxhall, Chevrolet, Ford Fairlane.
The Velox was a farmer's favourite and they were loyal to the brand. In 1954 after a day trip to Mt Cook in a new 1954 Vauxhall Velox at 9 pm at night the headlights when out. In those days the roads were still shingle and rough all the way down to just above Pleasant Point so Mum and Dad called into the Lake Pukaki Inn. Dad and Mum didn't expect to be fed but the woman there apolgised that the cook had gone home and so she served thinly sliced cold mutton with pickles and thin bread with butter. It was delicious. It turned out to be a enjoyable evening as Dad had gone to school with Inky Wardell in Fairlie.
A lych-gate in Geraldine, photo taken 16 March 2017, will add it to our lych-gate page.
Good morning from the paradise ducks at Talbot Forest.
Sound. Female predominates. Male on guard.
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