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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.

   Add input regarding migration in and out of the area.      Why did the settlers select South Canterbury to settle? 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:http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz into Google
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.
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
Search sites ebay New Zealand ebay time
Google.co.NZ If a link is broken
Newspapers & News New Zealand Newspapers
display Timaru Herald Deaths

Timaru Herald 1864 -1920 
One News
Pictorial Collections South Canterbury Museum online database - rate rolls. Pioneer Hall was built in 1966. Matapihi - digital collections of different NZ organisations Christchurch City Libraries    
Archives & Manuscripts Combined Collections of Unpublished manuscripts and pictures collections in the ATL
1854 to 1950
  1940 Vol. 2

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THE MOUNTAIN SIGNAL - Special thanks to the volunteers and visitors who help make this site grow and bloom!! Cheers, Olwyn

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Photos of the monthThe thumbnail photo looks like a double crank compound Fowler. Waimate County No 82 11Tons

Upcoming events -
Poppy day will be on Thursday 17th April  2014

Traction Engine Rally 19 Apr 2014 - Sunday, 20 Apr 2014
9:30 a.m. - 16:00 p.m. Winchester Show Grounds, South Canterbury

Easter Art Extravaganza Open to Public Cash & Carry
When: Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 - Sunday, 20 Apr 2014
Geraldine Primary School Hall Wilson Street Geraldine

Pleasant Point Rugby Football Club 125th Jubilee
Friday, 18 Apr 2014 - Sunday, 20 Apr 2014
Pleasant Point Rugby Football Club, Pleasant Point Domain Pleasant Point

'Kiwi the Engine and Friends' Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 - Monday, 21 Apr 2014
Pleasant Point 10:30 a.m. - 16:00 p.m.

VW Nationals - A festival of all Volkswagens
Port Loop Rd, Caroline Bay  Friday, 18 Apr 2014 - Monday, 21 Apr 2014 9am - 3pm.

Temuka Courthouse Museum will be open on Easter Sunday (April 20th) 2-4pm.
There is a range of Temuka pottery, and a small amount of Molle and Lovatt pottery on permanent display.

Phar Lap Market Day Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 9:00 a.m. - 13:00 p.m.
Location: Phar Lap Raceway off Pleasant Point Highway, Timaru

Southern Alps Country Music Awards
Sunday 20 Apr 2014 Grand Final Concert - 6pm at Caroline Bay Hall
All tickets available from Caroline Bay Hall

Mackenzie Highland Show, Easter Monday, Fairlie
Monday 21 April 2014

RNZAMC Museum, Burnham Camp, Burnham Mon-Fri 9am-4pm free

Aiganitghe Art Gallery, 49 Wai-iti Rd., Timaru
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm and Public Holidays
Monday Closed

York Street Gallery, 21 York Street, Timaru 
Open 6 days 11am - 3pm . Closed Sundays

ANZAC Day April 25th 2014, Friday
Dawn Service at the Cenotaph on Queen Street, Timaru (near the hospital) at 6 a.m.
Civic Service Sound Shell at Caroline Bay - 10am However if wet the service will be at the SC RSA.

Pleasant Points Back On Track
A fundraising variety Concert benefitting the Pleasant Point Museum and Railway.   Night locomotive running.
Friday, 25 Apr 2014  18:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location: Keanes Crossing Rail Shed, Keanes Road, Pleasant Point
Price: $10.00  Contact Details: Legends Cafe or Door Sales available

Geraldine Anzac Commemorations
When: Friday, 25 Apr 2014 - Saturday, 26 Apr 2014
Rangitata Island Aerodrome

Book Sale. Literacy South Canterbury will take place on Saturday April 26, 2014  10am - 12pm, on the corner of Grey Rd and Arthur St., Timaru

Timaru Farmers Market
Saturday, 26 April 2014 Community House Carpark 27 Strathallan St., Timaru.  On every Saturday  9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Michael Crowley of Otaio threshing mill at Cricklewood. This one is a single cylinder Fowler. Both these engines are driving a threshing mill.

Timaru Herald, 10 May 1895, Page 3 SEADOWN.
    Things have gone on quietly in our district since my last contribution. The farmers are busy ploughing for winter wheat. Stock are already on the turnips, which are, I am sad to say, too few, and potato lifting is nearly over. The local schoolmaster, I know, sincerely wishes the potato-picking was over, for it is the cause of many children, big and small, absenting themselves from school. When remonstrated with for detaining the children the farmer says, quite seriously and truly too, "Times are hard and I must be careful."
    If there were no other sign that the approaching winter will be cold and wearisome the formation of a dancing class in our district points in that direction. The young, and some of the old who will not admit that " their dancing days are over," have formed a class for their amusement during the coming season. The attendance at school is now somewhat irregular on account of the before mentioned potato-picking. The school has increased in numbers since Mr Gillespie took charge, and now has a roll number of 103.
    The main road to Timaru is the scene of busy traffic, and the numerous mobs of sheep which one daily sees pass by lead one to wonder where they all come from. They are mostly "boilers," and the drover will quietly tell you their destination is Washdyke — their price from ninepence to eighteenpence a head.
    The traction-engine still puffs noisily by, loaded with wheat, and has slow and feeble opposition in the shape of two waggons. These two methods of haulage make one reflect. The former travels quickly, and carries a load of four times the latter, it feeds and drinks as it proceeds, whilst the latter crawls along snail-like, takes twice the time of the traction, and must stop to feed and rest. The steam train as a means of transport will soon displace the team waggons and wool trucks of the good old days.

Timaru Courier Snapshot of the page as it appeared on Oct 30, 2013 Family’s heads are full of steam By RUTH GRUNDY
MOST children bring home stray animals and ask if they can keep them. The Winter boys bring home traction engines. George Winter (79), two of his three sons, John and Evan, and grandson Bill (10) drove two traction engines from their homes in Cave, South Canterbury, to North Otago Vintage Machinery Club’s 25th anniversary celebrations at Clarks’ Mill, near Maheno, at Labour Weekend. The family owns four traction engines. Mr. Winter senior said he had always had a “bit of an affiliation” with the machines, which had been part of his family’s history for five generations. “My grandfather had them, and my uncle and father. Then they were sold off.” But it was not many years before he began buying them back again. Evan said the preoccupation with the engines was “hereditary”. “Some people take up golf,” he said. But the Winter family had “taken up” traction engines and had restored three when “the boys” — John, Evan and Brent — bought a fourth. Mr Winter senior did not know anything about the new purchase until a neighbour let the cat out of the bag. “And I said ‘oh no, they haven’t bought another one’,” Mr Winter senior said. The family keep the engines at Seadown, at W J Clarke’s sheds, which were built to house up to 13 traction engines when the machines were in their heyday. “Clarke’s was one of the biggest operators [of the engines] in the world [at the time],” Evan Winter said. The engines were used to operate threshing mills and for hauling. Once the fourth engine is restored, the Winter family would own three of the original “Clarke engines”, Evan Winter said. Mr Winter senior was reluctant to speculate on how much the collection might be worth.
Picture View from on high: Looking down on a 1911 McLaren traction engine owned by the Winter family, of Cave, South Canterbury. The family are the second owners of the engine, which was bought new by the Ruddenklau family, of Waimate (picture left).
Picture Family of enthusiasts: Standing with one of two traction engines they took to the North Otago Vintage Machinery Club’s 25th anniversary are grandfather George Winter (79), son Evan (41) and grandson Bill (10), all of Cave, South Canterbury.
Picture Vintage chaff: Operating the traction engine-powered chaff cutter

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.

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