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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.

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Also check out Directories, Electoral Rolls, and Sheepowner Returns as they are images. 

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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
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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 1864 -1920 

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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
Ka Kohika 
   
Heritage Images Auckland Libraries
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Archives & Manuscripts Combined Collections of Unpublished manuscripts and pictures collections in the ATL
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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
An early photo of Mickleburn situated beside a creek. Note the wheeled hut. There is a little girl walking down to the dog kennels. Her mother is outside behind the bach on the right.

Meikleburn Saddle, 2,299ft, is named after John Meikle. On early maps it was named Tripp's Saddle. John Meikle was the owner of the Grosvenor Hotel in Timaru which he had built it in about 1875 and sold in April 1894. John seemed to have a few business interests around Timaru besides farming, he was a director of the Timaru Milling Co. In Feb. 1885 he purchased the Commercial Hotel, Main South Rd, Timaru from A.G. Stone, who had it the last 14 years. John was well-known whip (driver) of Cobb and Co.'s coaches in the early days. His second wife Janet Wright was the first lady killed in NZ a car accident at Washdyke in her De Dion car in 1906. Their residence in 1906 was the Levels Valley. In Nov. 1907 he sold  the chestnut gelding "Grosvenor" of 6 years by "Euroclydon" out of "Lady Leah." In 1908 he sold his farm at Levels Valley. There was a Meikle's Rd at Sutherlands.  John Meikle, hotel keeper of Timaru and John Cramond who took over Charles Reid's share in September 1878 Block 5 in the Four Peaks Survey District. In 1885 John Mee and Donald McLean and John Meikle were joint owners in "Meikleburn."  In March 1897 John Mee put Meikleburn on the market and the estate consisted of 2520 acres, fenced and subdivided into six paddocks with a good Woolshed and sheep yards, a small dwelling house and 3000 sheep. Guinness and LeCren report the following sales during the last week of Nov. 1907. For Mr John Meikle and Cramond's Trustees, their fine grazing property known as the "Meikleburn" Estate, situated 23 miles from Fairlie containing 2520 acres of freehold land, to Mr J. McDonald, who has secured a very compact and valuable sheep property. John Bray sold "Meikleburn" on 5th May 1913. This photo is from the time John Bray owned the property. The Meikleburn home was only a two bed roomed home with kitchen and scullery. Later John Bray built an extra room on. A men's hut was situated between the house and the creek, which had many names on the walls. In 1948 when Haldon Beattie purchased Meikleburn this old home was burnt down. Source: Connie Rayne's book Sherwood Downs and Beyond. Meikleburn had a rabbit problem. Must have been on the sunny side district.

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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