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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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.
Photos of the month
Please help identify Mr B. Robertson, the gentleman in the top hat. This photo was taken in 1935. What do you think the occasion is?
What year is that car? What model? Is this a 1924??
Photo was taken on Sherwood Downs, Fairlie. Lily was born in 1884 at Waitohi Flat, South Canterbury and died in 1973 aged 90 at Timaru.
Born 4th Oct. 1926. Died California 5th April 1932. 51
race starts 37 wins 5 placings. Total earning 66,738 pounds.
Photos taken at the Phar Lap Racecourse, Levels. A life sized bronze statue of Phar Lap by Auckland sculptor Joanne Sullivan-Gessler mounted on a marble plinth with a fountain playing water under the horse which will emulate the sound of a racehorse galloping at full stride. Mayor Janie Annear unveiled the statue 29 Nov. 2009 and said "At times the ride has not been an easy one, but the best ones never are."
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