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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.

   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. 

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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 
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Timaru Herald Deaths

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

  Trove, AUS
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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 

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Timaru Herald 23 October 1915 Page 9 RECORD.
The arrival of the morning paper at Burke's Pass on Thursday no doubt constitutes a record. The "Timaru Herald" of that day was being read at Burke's Pass at 6.30 a.m. Nothing very much smarter than this in the way of delivery of a morning paper is, I should say, on record. The explanation is simple. An early bird with a motor car with business to do at Burke's Pass, with commendable forethought bought some "Herald's" before leaving, some of the first off the machine at that. He had a good run and arrived at Burke's Pass at 6. 30 a.m.

Website of the month of site: Albury Mob
Webpage of the month off site: Fairlie Branch line.

Timaru Herald 9 June 1896 Page 2
The telephone line to Tekapo was completed on Saturday, and the first message to Fairlie was sent through yesterday morning by Mr Hope.

Wanganui Chronicle 10 August 1908 Page 5
The passenger station at Fairlie (4th class); combined with Post Office and Telephone Exchange, was burned down in-the small hours this morning. No one saw where the fire originated. No further particulars are available. The stationmaster rode to Albury, telephoned the fact, and arranged for material for tomorrow's business.

Timaru Herald 18 October 1913 Page 5 FAIRLIE POST- OFFICE.
As an indication of the continued, progress of the Fairlie district it may be stated that the Fairlie Post Office has been raised from the seventh to the sixth grade, and now ranks on an equal footing with such offices as those at Geraldine and Temuka. As the grade of a post office is fixed by the importance, and the value of the business it does, this shows that Fairlie has made rapid strides during the last few years. Mr France, the energetic and pushing post-master at Fairlie is to be congratulated on the improved status of his office. The telephone system has become a very important matter in Fairlie and in the surrounding districts. There are now 87 subscribers, and the system is extending every day. In the vast stretches of the Mackenzie Country telephone lines have been erected or are in course of erection in all directions. For the tourist season an extra telegraph operator and postal assistant will be installed at Fairlie to help cope with the work. It is understood that Mr J. P. Murray, who was trained in the Fairlie office, will be re-stationed at Fairlie for the summer.

Photos of the month Photo taken in 1951 at Lilybank Station. The woolshed is the the only remaining building left of the original buildings there. How many stands? 5, or 6. In 1951 DEFINITELY blades, always blades for obvious reasons. Allan Dick would have been on Lilybank in 1951, he bought Lilybank 1937, and sold in 1965, when he moved to the Oamaru area as member of parliament for Waitaki. Allan would always come over the river in his GMC 4x4 truck.
The lorries are the same make, British Bedfords, but different models. Known as British Bedfords before they became just plain Bedford. Note the 2 piece badge on the second truck and the stain of the same badges on the closer vehicle.

"Edgar Williams Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library." Mr John Wilson had received material in a bequest from Edgar Williams' estate in 1998 and the family of John Williams donated the collection to the
ATL in 2013. John Williams was the grandson of William Williams, the nephew of Edgar Williams and son of Owen Williams. There are 9,785 items in total in the collection.  There is a 2 axle version of a 1937 British Bedford at the Bill Richardson Museum in Invercargill.

The bonnet side covers were removed was to allow a greater air flow in the engine bay for added cooling. A common practice.

H.S. Ryder, carrier, Fairlie. Syd Ryder drove for Barwoods, he later had his own carrier business, and lived in Gray St, Fairlie. The red six wheeler truck that he drove was red and that he was known as "Cherry Blossom" by all and sundry. Most people had a nickname in those days.  In the Fairlie Cemetery is Henry Sydney Ryder died 29 Jan. 1964 aged 73.
Syd married Inga Byers in 1914. Inga died in 1927 aged 31.
Syd married May Thorne in 1931. May died 13 July 1984 aged 94 years.

Syd's father was Edward Arthur Ryder. Children of Georgina (nee Jones) and Edward Arthur Ryder:
1889 Ryder Thomas Henderson Arthur married Mary Isabella Dickson in 1911.
1890 Ryder Henry Sydney
E.A. Ryder married Margret Reid Wilson in 1892. Margaret Gatehouse Ryder was born in 1894.

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