$1.50 - New Zealand v's France, 1986
Photo from the test in Nantes, France won 16-3, All Blacks, Buck Shelford and South Canterbury born Murray Pierce go for the ball.
All Backs with South Canterbury
Player profiles Over the century 34 South Canterbury men have made it to the All Blacks.
South Canterbury All Blacks
George T. A. Adkins
No. 409, 1935
b. 21 August 1910 in Timaru d. 21 August 1910 in Timaru
Attended Timaru Boys High School. Played for Star.
Adkins represented South Canterbury against the Springboks in 1937 and later NZ.
Walter "Wally" Garland Argus
b. 29 May 1921 in Auckland
Wing three-quarter. Attended Pleasant Point District High His father a "ganger" at the Albury Railway Station. He attended Albury School 1926-1932, then, like many, jumped on the Timaru bound train at Albury to attend the Pleasant Point District High School. At age 17, Argus played his first senior rugby for what was then known as the Southern Football Club (formed by the amalgamation of Albury and Te Ngawai clubs in 1934). In 1938 he was selected to play for the Mackenzie Sub-Union and held his position for the 1939 season. Played for the Linwood Club and was selected to play for Canterbury in 1941-42. Argus then volunteered and served in North Africa and Italy during the war. He was selected for the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force Kiwis team in 1945 and 1946, playing matches in Wales, England, France and Germany. He was selected for the 1949 All Blacks' tour of South Africa but was forced to withdraw year because of injury. One of Argus' classmates at Albury was Jim Fraser, whose father owned the Albury Store and lived about 100 yards (90m) away. The pair were taught the art of rugby football by Arnold Cox, a local truck driver, rugby player and referee. Fraser had a busy career, playing rep rugby for South Canterbury (Star & Tekapo).
Edward "Ned" Fitzgerald Barry b. 3 September 1905 in Temuka
d. 12 December 1993 in Auckland. Attended Pleasant Point District High.
John Edwin Black
b. 25 July 1951 in Timaru. Attended TBHS.
Alfred Budd (Star) No. 160, 1910
Eric Arthur Percy Cockroft (Pirates) No. 203, 1913
Thomas (Tom) D. Coughlan (Temuka) No. 592 (1958)
Had an All Black trial when he was 19 in 1958. He then at that time had played for the New Zealand XV in 1955
and the Rest of New Zealand in 1960 and he represented South Canterbury 76 times between 1952 and 1960. From South Canterbury farming stock and a family steeped in the game. His uncle was Tom Lynch, a prolific scoring All Black three quarter in 1913-14 and his first cousin was the 1951 All Black midfield back of the same name. His brother Frank also represented South Canterbury as did his nephews Tim and Gerard. Tom Coughlan's son, also Tom, was a New Zealand colts and New Zealand Universities lock.
Phillippe S. De Q Cabot (attended TBHS)
David Dickson b. 25-Sep-1900 at Temuka
d. 19 April1978 at Christchurch
John H. Gardner (Union Club) He was one of the first players chosen to play for the country before appearing for their province. Gardner was in the 1893 team which toured Australia. He made the South Canterbury representative side on his return home and played for the union for the next two seasons. No. 25, 1893
William David Gillespie
b. 6 August 1934 in Cromwell
Flanker. Attended Waimate District High
Morrie (Maurice) P. Goddard No. 467, 1946
b. 28 Sept.1921 at Timaru. d. 19 June1974 at Christchurch
Centre three-quarter. Attended TBHS, played for Zingari and South Canterbury.
A true legend in on the plains of South Canty, especially being an old boy from Timaru Boys. Morrie Goddard cutting up the turf on Fraser Park.
Jack (John) W. Goddard No. 499, 1949
b. 1 Jan.1920 at Timaru. d. 22 Oct.1996 at Timaru
Fullback, attended TBHS, played for Celtic, and South Canterbury. Morrie is his brother, 20 months, younger.
Jack (Jock) Goddard; Obituary Timaru Herald October 24, 1996
Former All Black fullback Jack (Jock) Goddard, who died on Tuesday, was one of the best players to come out of South Canterbury. That's the opinion of long-time friend, team-mate and coach Bricky Mulcahy. He rated Goddard, who played eight games for the All Blacks on the 1949 tour of South Africa, highly. "He would have to be one of the best," Mulcahy remembered of his close mate. "His brother (the late Maurice) was outstanding too, and it's great for a family to have two All Blacks." Goddard played 46 games for South Canterbury between 1945-51 and was a member of the Green and Blacks' team which beat Wairarapa in 1950 to win the Ranfurly Shield for the first time …
Lachlan Ashwell Grant (L A "Lachie" or "Goldie" Grant )
(1947, 1949, 1951)
b. 4 October 1923 in Temuka d. 27 April 2002 in Timaru. Attended TBHS.
David Norman Hewett 2001-2003. Former All Black prop Dave Hewitt
played for South Canterbury in 1997, the last time the province was in the
Alister Ernest Hopkinson Played for Timaru Old Boys.
Daniel John Hughes b. 19 September 1869 in Patea
d. 11 February 1951 in Hawera
Hooker. Played for Waimate
L. (Lyn) John Jaffray No. 711, 1972
23 All Black matches including seven tests and major tours to South Africa in 1976 and Britain in 1978. In 1979, his last in first class rugby, he represented South Canterbury, captaining that union.
Gordon Pirie Lawson (Old Boys) No. 320, 1925
An auctioneer, Gordon Lawson was one of four brothers who represented South Canterbury.
T. (Tom) N. Lister No. 673, 1963
A South Canterbury product. 26 All Black matches including 8 tests. Lister's younger brother, John, was a professional golfer and the winner of, the "John Deere Classic" 1976, a tournament on the United States PGA circuit.
Tom W. Lynch II (Celtic) 23 matches for the All Blacks. Tom Lynch II was the first of his family to become an All Black and in 1951 he was followed by his son, who also had the names of Thomas William. His father also carried the same names. No. 177, 1913
C.N. McIntosh (Union), Charles Nicholson
Tests : 0 - Matches : 4
All Black Number 39
Born: Sunday, 6 June 1869 in Timaru
Died: Sunday, 1 December 1918 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Last School: Timaru Boys' High
27 All Black matches. b. 16 July 1881 in Kaiapoi. d. 11 March 1947 in Timaru
Wing three-quarter. 27 caps. Played in the 1905 Originals team. Buried in Timaru.
Donald Gregory Macpherson
b. 23 July 1882 in Waimate. d. 26 November 1956 in Waimate
John Eaton Manchester
23-Jan-1908 at Waimate
d. 6 Sept.1983 at Dunedin
Flanker. Attended TBHS. 27 caps.
Thomas C. Metcalfe No. 384, 1931
Neville Alfred “Brushy” Mitchell
T. (Tom) C. Morrison (Timaru Star). No. 441, 1938
Attended Main School. A player, coach-selector and administrator. Member of the NZRU for the next 22 years.
Timaru Herald 7 May 2009 Maori All Black
Waipopo-born Michael O'Connor passed away at his home in Arowhenua last week. He was 96. Mr O'Connor was a member of the New Zealand Maori team which played Australia in 1936 before fighting with the New Zealand armed forces during World War II. He fought in North Africa and Italy and witnessed the bombing of Monte Cassino. His daughter fondly recalled how her father often joked about himself and Phar Lap being the only two things to come out of the area. Mr O'Connor attended Seadown School before going onto St Bede's College in Christchurch where he broke numerous sporting records. A builder by trade, he spent much of his life in the Temuka area and at Arowhenua Marae. [Waipopo Hut sites at Opihi River, part reserve 4074. Waipopo is a native reserve, near the Seadown, not far from Timaru and Temuka. He played for Temuka]
Murray James Pierce
b. 1 November 1957 in Timaru
Lock - 26 caps - a key lineout man, 1.98 metres tall.
C. (Charlie) K. Saxton (THS Old Boys) No. 443, 1938
7 matches for the All Blacks as an half back in the 1930s. He was president of the NZRFU in 1974 and elected a life member in 1976. He wrote, in conjunction with the Rugby Union The ABC of Rugby, a coaching book that stressed the three Ps, Position, Possession and Pace. Awarded the MBE. Died in 2001 at the age of 88. Middle name Kesteven.
Ross Mervyn Smith
b. 21 April 1929 in Ashburton. d. 2 May 2002 in Auckland
Wing three-quarter. Attended TBHS.
Frank Snodgrass (attended TBHS)
Augustine "Gus" Patrick Spillane (1913) No. 200
Played for Temuka.
b. 10 May 1888 in Geraldine
d. 16 September 1974 in Timaru
Three of his brothers also represented South Canterbury.
Allan James Stewart (Old Boys) No. 638, 1963
26 matches for the All Blacks.
Dick Stewart (Waihi) date of death unknown. No.54, 1894. David Stewart
Ron T. Stewart (attended TBHS) He was only 17 when he first appeared for the South Canterbury representative side in 1921 (faced the Springboks) and 19 when he made his All Black debut. Selected for the tour of South Africa in 1928. All Black No. 288.
No. 224, 1920
Percy played 12 matches for the All Blacks. Born 11 February 1897 in Temuka. Attended Waimate School. Wounded at Passchendele. A wing in army matches in England in 1918. From there he was in the New Zealand Services team which in 1919 won the King's Cup and then later that year he was in the New Zealand Army team which toured South Africa. Died Saturday, 4 October 1975 in Timaru. It was not until the end of the 1920 season that he first appeared in New Zealand provincial rugby and over the next four seasons he played in only 10 games for South Canterbury. Played 12 All Black matches.
William Archibald "Archie" Strang
No. 342 (1928)
b. 18 October 1906 in Invercargill
Played for Temuka
Dd. 11 February 1989 in Tauranga
Five-eighths and halfback
Attended TBHS, Timaru HSOB and South Canterbury
All-Black Tour In South Africa in 1928
Played for the All Blacks against the 1930 British touring team in NZ. NZ won the fourth test at Wellington, 2 goals and four tries (22 points) to one goal and one penalty goal (8 points). Strang went clean through the British defence to score NZs second try. He took the kick himself, but failed.
All Black Taumoepeaua former Mackenzie player.
The Mackenzie Rugby Club can lay claim to having a helping hand in developing the career of All Black prop Saimone Taumoepeau. He moved to the high country town of Fairlie in 2000. Taumoepeau made his debut in the 46-12 win over Oamaru, the 20-year-old making a big impression on debut. He played for Mackenzie and was also in the South Canterbury Development team that season. He came to Fairlie straight from Tonga. The following season Taumoepeau chose to further his career in Auckland. Mackenzie brought in Seti Kiole and Fa'aitu Tuamoholea in 2001 and began developing the team that earned the club its first championship trophies. He will go up on the honours board alongside Ned Barry and Wally Argus said Mackenzie club president Jeremy Sutherland. They are the All Blacks we lay claim to. Barry was brought up in the Mona Vale district of Albury but didn't play rugby there before moving to Wellington and Wanganui. Argus played for Southern until he joined the army and moved to Christchurch in 1940.
The Times, Saturday, Oct 09, 1926; pg. 5
Rugby Football. The Maori Tour in Great Britain. The Maori style of football differs a deal from that of his Pakeha friend. It is temperamental, inclined to be erratic, and in striving for sustained brilliancy it is always eventful, with spectacular incidents and dramatic touches. T. Manning (South Canterbury) (forward)
Rugby was about results and it was about passion.
The 1950 South Canterbury team that won the Ranfurly Shield by stunning stunned Wairarapa with a 17-14 victory was Jack Goddard, Johnny Taylor, Morrie Goddard, Ray Stoddart, Alan Moore, Tom Doherty, Roly Green, Maurice Eathorne, Lachie Grant, Richard Comer, Jock Bryce, Eric Smith, Gordon Cormack, Mick Casey and Micky Hobbs. There were three All Blacks, brothers Morrie and Jock Goddard and captain Grant. Two reserves from that game were - Henry Fairbrother and Clem Durning. The side lost its first defence against North Auckland in front of 12,000 spectators at Fraser Park. The side was coached by Brushy Mitchell, a 1938 All Black.
Ranfurly Shield -
the events of 1950
South Canterbury had quite a strong team. It included three All Blacks from the 1949 tour of South Africa - Jock Goddard at fullback, his brother Morrie at centre, and Lachie Grant at No. 8. The team captain, Hickey Hobbs, who came from Geraldine.
The old points system was three points for a try and four for a drop-goal.
One hundred years ago, the
first team to be known as the
All Blacks - the 1905 Original's
toured the UK, Ireland, France and the British Columbia, Canada.
The pioneering Originals tour of 1905-06 was where the All Blacks name was coined and pre-match haka traditions formed. The Originals played 35 games, winning 34. Lost to Wales by one try. They scored 976 points, and just 59 were scored against them. Duncan McGregor, a wing, whose record of four tries against England, stood unequalled until the late 1980s. New Zealand played France for the first time on January 1, 1906.
Go Black: The 1905 All Blacks in a line-out against the Midland Counties.
Otago Witness Wednesday Dec. 6 1905 pg 57
The cablegram received from the High Commissioner: New Zealand beat England to-day by 15 points all. McGregor scored four tries and Newton one. The following team represented New Zealand: Gillett, Wallace, Deans, McGregor, Hunter, Stead, Roberts, Gallaher, Casey, Tyler, Newton, O'Sullivan, Glasgow, Seeling and McDonald. The ground was very heavy. There was an immense crowd - 45,000- present at the match at the Crystal Palace.
The 1905 tour
Rugby Union Football, 1905-6
The Times, Saturday, Mar 31, 1906; pg. 17;col A
For a time it seemed probable that Wales would decide to dispense with the eighth forward whom the New Zealanders proved to be unnecessary, provided the scrummage was organized in a 2-3-2 formation and a "lock" forward used to obtain cohesion in the second line. It is bad logic and worse football to ignore the New Zealanders' teaching. However, there is one tangible result of the invasion. Eton has been converted to Rugby Union.
The New Zealand Team another photo & photo
Back Row: J. Corbett, W. Cunningham, F. Newton, G. Nicholson, C. Seeling, J. O'Sullivan, A. McDonald, D. McGregor, J. Duncan.
Middle Row: E. Harper, W.J. Wallace, W.J. Stead (Vice. Capt), G.H. Dixon (Manager), D. Gallaher (Capt.), J. Hunter, G. Gillett, F. Glasgow, W. Mackrell.
Front Row: F. Casey, H.J. Abbott, G.W. Smith, F. Roberts, H.D. Thomson, H.J. Mynott, E.E. Booth, G. Tyler, Robert G. Deans. Absent: W.S. Genn
The S.S. Rimutaka, 7765 tons Reg. 5000HP, Greenstreet, sailed from Wellington on the 30th July 1905. Her passengers included members of the 1905 All Black Team as second saloon passengers.
Second Saloon Sailed from Abbott, Mr. Harold L. Wellington Booth, Mr. Ernest E. Wellington Casey, Mr. Steve T. Wellington Corbett, Mr. J. Wellington Cunningham, Mr. "Bill" W. Wellington Deans, Mr. "Bob" R.G. Wellington Dixon, Mr. George H. Wellington (manager) Duncan, Mr. Jimmy Wellington (coach) Gallaher, Mr. Dave Wellington Gillett, Mr. George A. Wellington Glasgow, Mr. Frank T. Wellington Glenn, Mr. "Billy" W.S. Wellington Glenn, Mr. W.S. Wellington Harper, Mr. Eric T. Wellington Hunter, Mr. Jimmy Wellington Johnston, Mr. William Wellington Mackrell, Mr. W.H.C. Wellington Mynott, Mr. "Simon" H.J. Wellington McDonald, Mr. Alex. Wellington McGregor, Mr. Duncan Wellington Newton, Mr. F. Wellington Nicholson, Mr. George W. Wellington O'Sullivan, Mr. Jim M. Wellington Roberts, Mr. Fred. Wellington Smith, Mr. George W. Wellington (Wing) Stead, Mr. "Billy" John W. Wellington Thomson, Mr. Hector D. Wellington Tyler, Mr. George A. Wellington Wallace, Mr. "Billy" W.J. Wellington [Missing W. Spiers]
Otago Witness, 17 January 1906, Page 54
NOTES BY FULL BACK
In the course of an article on the international match against England, Mr R. B. Marston writes: "One wonders if the New Zealanders chose all-black costume as a compliment to our gloomy atmosphere. If the game had gone on a little longer our men would have been all black also. But it is quite certain that it was easier for the Blacks to see and mark down the white player than it was for the latter to spot the dangerous black. Half a dozen seagulls in a field are more conspicuous than a hundred rooks. It was a grand game (the English international) in spite of all drawbacks, and those who saw it will remember it with pleasure while they live. The New Zealanders won because they are even more ' loyal ' than our men — they believe more in his Majesty — E.R. They won because they were strong-er, quick-er, fast-er, clever-er than our men. If Wales licks them we ought to give the Welsh team a monument. We have long known that New Zealand has the finest trout-fishing in the world, and now we know it produces the finest football players : and they beat us, not in the scrums, but in running, passing, and kicking. It is the finest thing which could happen to the game in this country, and it is morally certain that no future New Zealand team will ever have such a series of crushing victories for it 9 record. Another thing is certain — there was not a shadow of unfair play in Saturday's great game."
Another member of the New Zealand team has been honoured by a special poem all about his. play. This time it is D. J. M'Gregor with whom the Athletic News deals in the form of verse, thus :
Ye're a braw lad wi' a ball.
And of tries ye made a haul,
At the Palace that's of glass,
When ye bundled through the mass
Of my countrymen — alas !
Did ye not feel half-ashamed,
(Though ye're hardly to be blamed.
When your total tries were four?
Or would ye ha' bagged more
Had the concourse cried "Encore!"
By yourself you'd make a team,
For your running is a dream,
I myself would go with glee
To a match — I'd do and dee,
Sure of certain victory,
Stay behind and show us things.
Wee M'Gregor —
How you fly, though you've no wings,
Be professor in our land
Of the game you understand;
Don't say "No" to my demand.
But "Oui," McGregor.
We would try our best to learn,
All the dodges a la fern,
You could choose your own rewards,
E'en the best the land affords—
Nay, we'd send you to the "Lords,"
One Anglo-colonial writer, giving some impressions of last Saturday's international match, says: — "I know a man who left his home in Islington a few minutes after 8 in the morning to take the train at Ludgate Hill for the Palace. Unsympathetic friends reminded him that the gates did not open till 10 o'clock. He is an old man, and dogged. He said, as he took his hat and stick, 'I was born and bred and made my money in Otago. It's three and-twenty years since I've seen any of the folks I grew up with. I'm going today to see what the new generation is like, and give 'em hullo for their fathers' sake. I can't afford a pound for a seat; standing room's good enough for me, but I'm going to be the first on that ground !' Very likely he was. When I reached the ground three hours later I caught sight of some white hair straggling out from, under a familiar black felt hat close against the railings on the centre line, and later in the day among the shouts that greeted 'Another try for the Blacks' I am sure I detected the still hale and exultant.
Age at Death: 65 Years
Date of Interment: 13/3/1947
Timaru Cemetery: Section: General Block: N Plot: 432
Clergy Name: Avery
Duncan McGregor, was ostracised by his strictly Presbyterian family for drinking and his contentious switching to rugby league, died a pauper, leaving only enough money to pay for his burial plot and for fifty-eight years his grave at the Timaru Cemetery was unmarked. A double rugby international player for both the New Zealand Rugby Union and the New Zealand Rugby League, McGregor's grave was discovered at the Timaru Cemetery by author Chris Tobin when researching his book 'The Original All Blacks 1905-06'. A local policeman scoured through council records to find the All Blacks legend's burial site and enlisted the help of local radio personality who broadcast the appeal plight on the Timaru radio station, Port FM. A local company donated a headstone and another company offered to do the engraving `New Zealand's first dual international'. Money raised will be used to clean up McGregor's grave. A headstone, unveiled, 6th December 2005, 100 years to the day from when McGregor scored four test tries in the All Blacks 15-0 win against England, now marks his grave. Duncan did what very few people manage, representing their country in more than one sport. He also played for the Linwood club, in Christchurch. The winger dubbed `The Flying Scotsman' switched codes and also went on league's first All Golds tour of Britain in 1907 and later went on to become a life member of that code.
In Memory of
16-7-1881 - 11-3-1947
Member of 1905 "Originals" All Blacks
All Black Test Try Holder for 90 years
Member of the N.Z. Rugby league
"All Golds" 1907
Otago Witness Wednesday Dec. 6 1905 pg 57
The cablegram received from the High Commissioner: New Zealand beat England to-day by 15 points all. McGregor scored four tries and Newton one. The following team represented New Zealand: Gillett, Wallace, Deans, McGregor, Hunter, Stead, Roberts, Gallaher, Casey, Tyler, Newton, O'Sullivan, Glasgow, Seeling and McDonald. The ground was very heavy. There was an immense crowd - 45,000- present at the match at the Crystal Palace.
The colonials took the initiative, and opening with a hot attack invaded the Home Country's twenty-five, and the latter were hard at work defending their line. From a scrum inside the quarter-flag McGregor (Wellington) got possession and whipped over the line, thus registering first blood for the Maorilanders within six minutes of the start of the game. Wallace (Wellington) had the shot at goal, but the ball went wide. On resuming the New Zealanders followed with renewed vigour, and continued to press the Home team, keeping them penned down. 10 minutes later McGregor again got through, but Wallace failed to add the major points. When the ball was in play again England showed a stubborn defence, and successfully checked further scoring until the end of the spell, when McGregor was once more in evidence, and placed a third try to his credit. The ball was placed for Wallace, but the scored was not increased, and the spell ended. McGregor was playing in rare style, and his brilliant dashes for the line elicited cheers from the immense crowd. In quick succession McGregor added still another try to his credit. All the Rugby matches in London were abandoned, also many of the Association fixtures, to enable the players to witness the test match England versus New Zealand. England was grateful for being awakened from her slackness by her colonial sons.
New Zealand 15 points
McGregor was the hero of the match New Zealand v the British team at Wellington last year. He deserves more than a passing word of praise. There is no intention of immortalising McGregor, for he has probably had the opportunities made for him, but on the score that it is not every man in the New Zealand team who would have seized the opportunities and turned them to such good account he deserves more than a passing word of praise. The New Zealand team that lined up against England is probably, with two exceptions, the strongest side that could have been selected. The back division play could not have been improved upon.
Test Britain vs New Zealand at Wellington
Otago Witness 17 August 1904
From hand to hand the ball went, the last of all McGregor - took it on the fly, gathered it in at top speed, and ran around the flank of the rearguard, just squeezing in by the corner flag. A few minutes after another try was notched in almost the same way except McGregor's run was even more brilliant than before, as he had more men to get through. The cheers and cries from the crowd were deafening. The final score 9 points to 3 does not represent the real difference between the two teams. The British team was outplayed. McGregor's first try was a masterly piece of work. It was a case of diving for the line or being pushed out into touch, and like a flash the speedy, strong-running New Zealander made the dive and won. It was a splendid performance.
Antiques Roadshow UK, Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire, England.
Programme #103 April 2002
"All Blacks" team rugby shirt appraised by Tim Wonnacott
Tim Wonnacott comes across a "very exciting object" - a jersey belonging to Duncan McGregor, who was a member of the first official New Zealand rugby tour to England in 1905. The team became known as the All Blacks because upon arrival, when the press asked them what colors they would be playing in they answered "all black." McGregor's cap and ball are also among the memorabilia. The shirt has McGregor's signature on the inside of the leather neck, along with those of other players, which makes it "the earliest piece of antipodean rugby memorabilia that anyone could ever wish to find". Tim thinks it could make between £5,000 and £8,000 ($7,500 and $12,000) at auction.
The jersey is one of only a handful known to remain in circulation from the tour and the match ball signed by the team’s captain, Dave Gallaher, is thought to be the only one of its kind. McGregor's rugby jersey has an "M" embroidered on the hem, and a tear, which might be a ruck mark, on one side. It is a deep black, with little evidence of fading. The silver fern is a stocky image in heavy embroidery. "But its small size is most striking." The jersey, with a signature on the collar, is believed the best-preserved 1905 Originals jersey in existence.
Duncan always wore a cap when he could.
Three items have been in the possession of Gloucester rugby enthusiast, Mr Allan Townsend, for a number of years. Recognising their significance to New Zealand rugby, Mr Townsend was keen for the items to return to New Zealand for display and are on On loan until the 2011 World Cup. In September 2006, Mr Townsend, a long-time friend of New Zealand rugby legend Colin Meads, offered them to a British high commission employee for return to New Zealand. The jersey, with Gallaher's signature on the collar, is believed the best-preserved 1905 Originals jersey in existence. The ball is signed by every team member, though many names are now faded and unreadable. The items were believed to have been given to a former business partner of Mr McGregor after he could not pay a debt. They moved around various rugby enthusiasts and two years ago featured on Antiques Roadshow UK – but were undervalued by the television show's antique experts who failed to recognise their potential significance to New Zealand. The items have lain in the back cupboards and trophy rooms of various residences throughout Gloucester, finally coming to rest with rugby enthusiast Allan Townsend, several years ago. The New Zealand Rugby Union was equally enthusiastic and intends to make the three items a focal point at its headquarters on Wellington’s waterfront.
Otago Witness, 12 August 1903, Page 52
Mr A. M'Gregor, father of D. M'Gregor, one of the New Zealand representative football team, now in Australia, died at Kaiapoi on Thursday. The late Mr M'Gregor was well known on the northern railway line, and had been engaged in employment under the late Mr E. G. Wright and the Government. For some time he had given up his work, and had been confined to his house with illness. He leaves a widow and grown-up family, of whom Mr A. M'Gregor, the eldest son is well known in connection with football and athletic sports.
Duncan McGregor's formed fitting wool, silk, and leather jersey.
He was a small man with big skills.
Books remembering the tour. They played 34 matches and won all but one and all
the rest is history.
The Original All Blacks 1905-2006 by Christopher Tobin (Hodder Moa Beckett $29.99). Interesting history and stories galore, all illustrated with colourful photos. Rugby - in England a game of the upper class - came to New Zealand in 1870 with Charles Monro. Here it took hold. and it became a hard, tough game. Jimmy Duncan was credited with developing the backline formation. The team was initially referred to by the English press as the Colonials. At home they were already known as the Blacks - after the colour of their jersey. Writing for the Daily Mail, a Mr Buttery calls them the Blacks and by the time of the eighth game, the All Blacks. Player Billy Wallace observes: "The name the All Blacks stuck to us. It is the name which we were christened by the Daily Mail and it caught on with the general public."
The Contest for Rugby Supremacy: Accounting for the 1905 All Blacks, by Dr Greg Ryan, published by Canterbury University Press, October 2005, RRP NZ$34.95, Paperback 228 x 152 mm 240 pp plus 16 pp illustrations. ISBN 1-877257-36-2. Provides a new and critical perspective on the events and personalities of the 1905 tour and the broader rugby world in which it took place.
The 1905 Originals: The remarkable story of the team that went away as the Colonials and came back as the All Blacks. The 1905 Originals .Authors: Bob Howitt and Dianne Haworth Book Format: Hardback. ISBN: 1869505530. Price (NZ RRP): $49.99. Publication Date: 17 June 2005
The Triumphant Tour of the New Zealand Footballers written by team
manager George H Dixon and published in 1906.
The Complete Rugby Footballer by Gallaher & Stead. A general rugby book with a large section on the 1905 All Blacks tour. Written by the captain and vice-captain of the 1905 All Blacks.
Why the All Blacks Triumphed by the Daily Mail 1906
Regiment: Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Unit Text: 2nd Bn. Rank: Serjeant. Service No: 32513
Date of Death: 04/10/1917 Age: 41
Husband of E. I. M. Gallaher, of 1, John Street, Ponsonby, Auckland. Former Captain of the New Zealand Rugby Football Team (The All Blacks).
Cemetery: Nine Elms British Cemetery Grave/Memorial Reference: III. D. 8.
Dave Gallaher was the Ramelton, Ireland, born man, who emigrated to New Zealand on the SS Lady Jocelyn in 1881 with his family at the age of 5 to Katikati, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, and went on to Captain the first “All Blacks” team to tour Europe in 1905. Gallaher, held in high esteem as one of the first men to popularise the sport of rugby that the country would go on to dominate. He served in the Boer War. Dave Gallaher died with the New Zealand forces during World War 1, at Passchendale in Belgium. He is buried eight miles from The Island of Ireland Peace Park in Messines, Belgium, which was established by Paddy Harte. His name is now synonymous with rugby matches between New Zealand and France, which contest the Dave Gallaher Trophy. October 2006 in Wellington when viewing a leather football signed by every team member, though many names are now faded and unreadable, on loan from an English rugby fan's private collection. A great-nephew of Dave Gallaher said "all that's good about a New Zealander. He just rolled his sleeves up. He led his men in the battle in the war, and he led his men in the battle on the field." Two of David Gallaher's Katikati born brothers died on Flanders fields - Henry Fletcher Gallaher b. 1 Jan 1881, killed in action 24 April 1918 and Douglas Wallace Gallaher born 7 August 1883 wounded in action at Gallipoli Pennisula 4 May 1915 and killed in action Laventie, France 3 June 1916. Was Company Sergeant Major, 11th Bn. 3rd Inf. Brigade, AIF Another brother - the twin of Henry - Charles Canning Gallaher came back from Gallipoli with a bullet (shot in back) lodged near his spine and died in 1950. They enlisted in Western Australia. David was one of 14.
Gallaher Henry Fletcher : SERN 3867 : POB Auckland New Zealand
: POE Kalgoorlie WA : NOK W Gallaher Norah
Joined 19 June 1917. Recruiting Tent, Blackboy Hil Camp, W.A. A miner. Married. Wife Norah, 37 Chaffers St. Boulder, Western Australia. 1 and a half years in the Australian Light Horse in South Africa. 5 9". Chest 40in fully expanded. age 34 6 mos. 158lbs. Presb. Eyes - brown. Terms of service -War & 4 months. Will was lodged with his brother Charles Canning Gallaher, Station St., Cottesloe, W.A. 11 Reinfts. 51 Battn. Left Melbourne A60 H.M.A.T.'Aereas' Oct. 30 1917. Disembarked - Devonport, 27 Dec. 1917. In field 6 April 1918. Killed on the night of 24 April 1918. Died 1½ miles S.W. of Villers-Bretonneux, killed by shell fire and was buried where he fell on the edge of the woods 600 yards N.E. of Cachy, U.3.a.1.5.
By Tony Smith in Lyon
When La Marsellaise resounds around Lyons' Stade Gerland fortress and a fired-up French crowd anticipates another Armistice Day slaughter do not despair if the All Blacks cast a glance at their jersey sleeves. They'll be wearing their hearts on them. Richie McCaw (b. in Oamaru, 31st Dec. 1980, grew up in the Hakataramea Valley) and his team will have red poppies emblazoned on their black-clad arms in memory of New Zealand's First World War dead - and All Blacks great Dave Gallaher in particular.
But the All Blacks are not short of symbolism, themselves. They've invoked the memory of Gallaher, who led the All Blacks on the pioneering 1905 tour which spawned one of sport's most famous nicknames. The Irish-born wing-forward led New Zealand to a famous 38-8 victory at Paris' Parc de Princes on New Year's Day 1906. Eleven years later he lost his life in a much more meaningful battle, at Passchendale in nearby Belgium. Dave Gallaher's name is emblazoned on the trophy at stake in this two-test tour of duty. But his memory is enshrined in the All Blacks' hearts. In 2000 the team visited Gallaher's grave at a Belgian war cemetery. Last November they paid homage at his birthplace in County Donegal to mark the centenary of the groundbreaking 1905 tour. Gallaher is a hero to these All Blacks. "We understand that Armistice Day is a big day for the French." "But our people came from the uttermost ends of the earth to fight over here, so I think there's hopefully a bit of emotional capital for us. "We'll be remembering not just Dave Gallaher, but the 13 other All Blacks who died in the First World War. "They weren't any older than these boys. This is a chance to honour them. We'll be running out there with some memories ourselves."
If the Dave Gallaher tribute isn't enough to get the Black magic going, the New Zealanders could always revert to a more modern call-to-arms. The only country that has invaded New Zealand's sovereign space in these All Blacks' lifetime is - France in 1984. Perhaps "Remember the Rainbow Warrior should be Richie's clarion cry. Perhaps the All Blacks could remember Greenpeace photographer Fernando Perreira, who drowned when the Rainbow Warrior was scuttled by French secret service agents in Auckland. Forget pre-World Cup bragging rights. This game is about the past, as much as the future. This may be one jersey the All Blacks will cling to the most, the commemorative cloth with a blood-red flower on the shoulder where Gallaher once sported a sergeant-major's insignia. - Fairfax Media
After an amazing piece of intimidating theatre, the haka, the All Blacks went on to destroy France 47-3 at Lyon, Nov. 2006. Not surprising!
What makes a leader out of a young man; what people and places shaped him in his
Interview with Richie McCaw, the All Blacks’ 60th Test captain. “I’m just a typical New Zealand farm boy, really,” he says. The McCaws had farmed in the Hakataramea Valley since 1895 when Alexander McCaw purchased "Winsdor Downs", he had immigrated in 1893 from the Scottish Borders. His grandson, Flight Lieutenant James Hugh McCaw, "Black Mac" born Oamaru, 31 Dec 1919; student; joined RNZAF Jul 1941. "Jim" J. H. McCaw's, 486 New Zealand Squadron based at Tangmere and Marston, (died 1996) was a RAF fighter pilot during the second World War, flew more than 308 missions over France and protecting England's air space by shooting down 21 German V1 rockets towards the end of the war and when he ran out of ammunition risked his life by bumping missiles off-target using the wing-tip Hawker Tempest MK5. He was credited with 19½ "kills". On one evening alone in July 1944 he destroyed four V2s, finishing his patrol by scraping into Biggin Hill well past midnight. A couple of days after that he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The citation read: "Flight Lieutenant McCaw has completed a large number of sorties, involving many successful attacks on the enemy's railway communications, mechanical transports, and other targets on the ground. He has also participated in several attacks on shipping, during which time 73 vessels have been destroyed. He is a most efficient flight commander, whose ability and keenness have been reflected in the fine fighting qualities of his flight." Jim McCaw married, raised three boys on the family farm in up the Haka Valley and opened a gliding school where he imparted his love of flying to his sons. Donald McCaw, the second of Jim’s sons, married Margaret, from mid-Canterbury, Richie is their son. Omarama holds memories for him. School holidays were often spent at the campground nearby. "This valley is where I grew up. and now it's where I come to have fun." [gliding] Crean's Country
McCaw first went to the now-defunct Hakataramea Valley school, but moved to the main Kurow Area School for his intermediate-age years. McCaw left Kurow at 13 to board at Otago Boys' High School. McCaw was the first All Black to play 100 Tests and it was achieved as he captained the All Blacks to a 37-17 win over France at Eden Park on 24th Sept. 2011 during the World Rugby Cup Pool A game.
McCaw captained the team during the intense semi final again at Eden Park on 16 Oct. 2011 winning 20-6 against the Wallabies. "Had to be on the job 80 minutes." The two counties are separated by the Tasman Sea but united in the passion for the game and their desire to beat each other. Both sides were desperate to win. What a pass for the try. "The boys are sore. It was a hell of a test match, the hardest one I've been involved in," Cory Jane said. Jane wasn't the only one sporting the scars of battle. The match been played at break neck pace. These All Blacks don’t lack for motivation and add to this being at home amongst their ‘stadium of four million’ Captain Richie McCaw has cautioned they are still to "win the damn thing". Blood, sweat and tears. The All Blacks were bleeding during the semi-final match and the Australians protested at the re-emergence on the field of Piri Weepu for Ellis. Blood substitution, its in the rule book!" shouted the referee, Craig Joubert.
McCaw, No. 7, open side flanker, played his 103 test, lead his side to victory over France in the RWC final before a crowd of 61,079 (including my brother) at Eden Park 8 -7 on 23 Oct. 2011. The moment the French advanced on the All Blacks' Haka we knew it was going to be an intense tight game. It was clear McCaw was hurt a number of times, but there was no way he would leave his troops. He's battled on one foot for the entire tournament. "New Zealand was right in behind us," said Kieran Read, the All Blacks No 8.
Richie McCaw telling Andy Ellis No. 20 to kick the ball into touch NZ 8 France 7 RWC final 2011, Eden Park, Auckland. Isreal Dagg, No. 15.
RWC Final NZ 8 - France 7. France's replacement hooker Szarzewski said "We were playing 15 against 16 (talking about the fans). We put pressure on them, but it wasn't enough. I would have preferred to lose by 40 points rather than by one point. There wasn't much difference. We countered them, but it wasn't enough. The kicking was bad for both teams. But we are not disappointed about our World Cup."
Sheep farmers have provided business leaders, politicians and a disproportionate number of All Black captains.
McCaw - born in December 1980
Debuted in 2001 at age 21
Given the leadership at 23
RWC 100th test match Sept. 2011
A flanker - on his back No.7
McCaw in September 2010, age 29.
Lead the All Blacks during the RWC final 23 Oct. 2011
The most capped All Blacks test captain in history.
As a captain, he leads from the front.
A Kiwi bloke with the boy-next-door smile.
Skipper Richie McCaw, 31, demonstrated all his qualities in his 110th test, (73 as captain), 15 Sept. 2012. NZ 21 South Africa 11
"I just love putting on the black jersey. One day I won't be able to so I want to make the most of it while I can."
"You never get sick of playing for your country and, when you win a game here and there that's pretty good, too. I still love it. "
Kelvin Tremain Memorial Player of the Year trophy in 2012 - his fourth
15 Sep. 2012
"We're going out to win first and foremost and, if it's good to watch, that's
secondary," McCaw said after the final training run before the All Blacks play
the Springboks in the Rugby Championship test in Dunedin on Saturday night.
Can't blame the wind. Forsyth Barr Stadium: Dry, electric atmosphere, hot air up top, bit draughty at the end. Everywhere else in Dunedin: Wet, electrical storms, cold air here, there and everywhere, wind from South Pole.
In Oct. 2012 McCaw was asked by John Campbell about his remarkable achievement of 100 wins from 112 test matches, his response: "yeah, its pretty special really. You have to be part of a pretty good team to be able to do that".
10/22/2011. Earlier this week Wayne Smith, the All Blacks’ assistant coach, gave an idea of what McCaw means to New Zealand. “He’s from a rural background; bright, humble, tough, hugely resilient. And I think this team is starting to be a reflection of him.
Sir Graham Henry, KNZM for services to New Zealand's national sport in May 2012
Timaru Herald 15/05/2012 Graham Henry talks at the South Canterbury Sports Awards
Richie McCaw is a World Cup-winning captain, inspirational, world class, brave. He's all of those things. I've been coaching for 40 years. When I was coaching in the 1970s it was very authoritarian: say as I do, do as I say. There have been major changes to more consensus coaching. You're coaching with a group of people now, not by yourself. The players come through a different education system and they wouldn't be able to cope with authoritarian coaching because they aren't used to it in education or at home. If you don't have a fit team you aren't going to win and if you don't have a team that can handle pressure you aren't going to win.
The rugby’s fever grip - crouch touch pause engage. Well, how about a cheese and steak pie packaged with the legend: “Unwrap, pause, engage”. You have to smile at a fantastic passion and, as a neutral, it is hard not to wish for it to be satisfied.
NZ safety briefing "Crouch touch and brace yourself on the seat in front of you"
23 August 2013. Richie McCaw has played 116 Tests for New Zealand. All Blacks
captain Richie McCaw was battered, bruised and didn't fully recover until
Tuesday, yet sent a warning to his Australian counterparts he was still working
to get better. It is an attack that McCaw is expecting, referring to the
Wallabies as “dangerous” when cornered. “They’re proud men and they’ll come out
and get stuck in,” he said.
The Telegraph Friday 23 August 2013
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has special reason to recognise Armistice Day. Richie McCaw, will be among those who pause at precisely 11am on Armistice Day to reflect on those who served and died and those who served and survived. McCaw, probably the world's best rugby player and a 21st Century sporting icon, still appreciates and honours those who fought for our freedom. He will lay down his tacklebag at All Blacks training, stand ramrod straight, gaze into the sky and call to mind a special person in his life. His grandfather J H 'Jim' McCaw.
The All Blacks captain is 27 and in his pomp. At the same age his exhausted grandfather had just returned to New Zealand to an uncertain future after a notable shift at the coalface on behalf of the 'old country' with the 486 'New Zealand' squadron based at RAF Tangmere and Marston. His flying duties were many and taxing – he flew over 300 operational sorties mainly in Tempests – but in the summer of 1944 he was exclusively employed taking out the murderous V1 and V2 missiles that were randomly launched at London, looking to kill and maim as many citizens as possible as the Nazis played their final card. Hiwa hau Maka – beware the wild winds – as the squadron motto so aptly proclaimed in Maori. Dangerous times.
Parents: Donald, the second of Jim McCaw's sons, m. Margaret, from mid-Canterbury. Richie was b. in Oamaru to Don and Margaret McCaw who now live in West Melton, Canterbury.
Grandparents: James Hugh McCaw, b. Oamaru, 31 Dec 1919; joined RNZAF Jul 1941. Flight Lieutenant James "Jim" Hugh married Catherine Trotter, and raised four sons and one daughter on the family farm in up the Haka Valley and opened a gliding school. Jim d. 18 Dec. 1996. Richie said "He wasn't a rugby man really but he was a great support in my career until he died. The moment he saw I loved the game he was on the touchline in all weathers with the family."
The Sunday Times - Paul Kimmage Published: 5 November 2006
The Big Interview: Richie McCaw
The New Zealand captain has driven his team to new heights with his energy on the field, but is remarkably relaxed off it.
It is October 1943, and Flight Commander James “Mack” McCaw and Flight Lieutenant William “Dusty” Miller of 486 (New Zealand) Squadron are engaged in a ground attack mission over France when their Hawker Typhoons are hit by anti-aircraft fire near Paris. Smoke stretching for more than 100 yards billows from the stricken aircraft, but as the pilots climb and prepare to bail out, the flames suddenly extinguish and they manage to nurse the damaged fighters back to their base in West Sussex. Later that evening when they sit down to compile a report, their near-death experience is described in a mere six words: “Hit by flak, landed at Tangmere.” The 486 motto (written in Maori) is Hiwa Hau Maka, or Beware of the Wild Winds. The adventure is dismissed as just another day at the office.
Great grandparents: Alex Cartwright McCaw b. 4 April 1895 enlisted at age 20½ in the NZEF, WW1. His Army Records have been digitalized on Archways.
WW1 9/1910 – Lance Corporal Alexander Cartwright McCaw.
Religion Presbyterian. Employer A. McCaw.
Born 4/4/1895. Enlisted at age 20 and a half.
6' 3", 168lbs, dark brown hair, fair complexion, eyes grey.
1st batt. Otago Infantry Regt. 10th Company.
Wounded in France.
Admitted NZGen. Hospital Brockenhurst, Hampshire 12.6.1917 GSW head, neck, arm, foot – severe.
Discharged 18 Oct. 1917, no longer physically fit for war service, on account of wounds received in action.
Overseas 211 days.
In 1940 Alex Cartwright McCaw was farming in the Hakataramea Valley, on “Windsor Downs”. His brothers were John Logan McCaw and Frank Wm McCaw. James Hugh McCaw is the son of Alexander Cartwright & Marjory Gertrude McCaw (nee Field). James Hugh McCaw aka "Jim" was in the RNZF WWII.
Great great grandparents: Alexander & Annette Seth McCaw (nee Smith)
North Otago Times, 5 July 1894, Page 2
McCaw — Seth-Smith. On July 3rd, at The Knoll, Mornington, Dunedin, by the Rev. F. Seth-Smith, assisted by the Rev. R. T. Porter, Alexander M'Caw, youngest son of the late A. M'Caw, Esq., of Grey-southen, Cumberland, to S. Annette Seth- Smith, second daughter of the late Wm. Seth-Smith, Esq., of Tangley, Guilford, England. (Dunedin papers please copy.)
Sarah Annette and Alexander McCaw children:
McCaw, Alexander Cartwright 4 April 1895
McCaw, John Logan 6 Oct. 1900
McCaw, Frank William 18 May 1903
Great Great Great grandfather -Alexander McCaw:
North Otago Times (Oamaru), 4 February 1888 page 2
On February 1st, at Ardwell, Reed street, Alexander M'Caw, 80, late of Morriston and Ardlochan, Ayrshire, Scotland, and of Greysouthen, Cumberland, England. The funeral will leave Ardwell at 1.30 p.m. to-morrow (Saturday). G L Greenfell, Undertaker, Tees street.
Otago Witness 10 February 1888, Page 11
The North Otago Times states that the late Mr M'Caw, who died at Oamaru in his eightieth year on the 1st inst., was in various ways a notable man. He was born at Ardwell, near Girvan, Ayrshire, and by the death of his father he succeeded to the tenancy of a large farm at 17 years of age. In 1864 he took up a farm in Cumberland, the rent being £1000 a year ; and for some years carried on farming in England and Scotland, For 20 years, besides carrying on farming, he acted as inspector to the Government under the Lands Improvement Act. He was the first man to introduce a reaping machine into Scotland. It was Mr M'Caw, too, who sent out from Scotland the first Ayrshire bull that ever arrived in New Zealand, the Rev. Dr Burns (of Dunedin) being the consignee. During the latter years of his residence at Greysouthen in Cumberland, he lost from £5000 to £6000 through the ravages of pleuro-pneumonia among his stock ; and gathering up the remnants of his fortune he left for New Zealand, arriving with his family - two of whom had preceded him- at Port Chalmers in the ship Timaru in 1877. He shortly afterwards settled in Oamaru. Mr M'Caw is, we believe, survived by all his own family — his widow, and three sons and three daughters. One of his sons is Dr McCaw, of Mosgiel, and another is Mr John M'Caw, of Totara and the New Zealand and Australian Land Company's service.
Two Great Great Uncles and one Great great Aunt
Mccaw, Hugh , M.B.C.M., Univ. Glasgow; Mosgiel. Dr. McCaw, who was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, studied at Glasgow and Edinburgh, and graduated at Glasgow University in 1877. The same year, accompanied by his father. Mr. Alexander McCaw, of Oamaru, his mother and one sister, he sailed for New Zealand in the “Timaru” arriving at Port Chalmers on the 6th of September, 1877. Dr. McCaw settled at Mosgiel. He married a daughter of Mr. Alexander Todd, of Islington, who arrived in the “Mooltan,” in 1849, and there is a family of five children.
McCaw, John 1849 - 1930. Farm manager, farmer, land valuer
John McCaw was born on 4 October 1849 at Morriston, Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of Alexander McCaw, a farmer, and his wife, Hughina McLachlan. In 1874 John McCaw emigrated to New Zealand on the Oamaru, arriving at Port Chalmers in February 1875.
Otago Witness 15 September 1877, Page 11 Shipping Port Chalmers.
Arrivals. Sept. 6 — Timaru, ship, 1806 tons, Taylor, from Glasgow, June 18th. Passengers : Mr and Mrs McCaw, Miss McCaw, Dr McCaw.
Otago Witness 20 February 1875, Page 12
Oamaru, ship, 1305 tons, Stuart, from Glasgow Nov. 30th. Passengers: Misses S. McCaw and Mr M'Caw.
North Otago Times, 3 January 1879, Page 2 Marriage
Webb - McCaw. On the 31st December, at Reed street, by the Rev. A. B. Todd, Herbert Webb, solicitor, Lawrence, to Sarah, eldest daughter of Alex. M'Caw, Esq., formerly of Greysouthen, Cumberland, England.
McCaw homestead to be sold -567 Milne Road,
By KATARINA FILIPE - The Timaru Herald 25/06/2010
The last link to Richie McCaw's rural childhood is on the market.
Viewfield, the last remaining North Otago farm in the All Blacks captain's family, is being sold for the first time in 84 years. It is a 925-hectare mixed-use farm 14 kilometres north east of Kurow and 80km north west of Oamaru. The McCaw family have farmed in the Hakataramea Valley since 1893 and the family has owned the original part of Viewfield since 1926. There is now a five-bedroom homestead on the land, as well as two other homes and two woolsheds. It also has a different owner, Gavin McCaw. Gavin and his partner Kaye Jenkins bought Viewfield off his parents in 1998. In the 1950s and 1960s the McCaws owned four farms in the area, following Gavin's great-grandfather's move from Scotland to New Zealand 117 years ago. Richie McCaw's parents, Donald and Margaret, sold their farm about six years ago and moved to Christchurch, Gavin said. That was the farm the rugby star grew up on, before he left home for a Dunedin boarding school. If Gavin receives an offer before July 22, he too will be leaving the home he was brought up in. But it hasn't been a decision he's taken lightly – he and Ms Jenkins have been thinking about it for a couple of years and they now felt it was the right time to move on. "We have what we call our `bucket list'," he said. "Instead of putting things into it, it's time to start taking things out." The couple, who have four children, would love to travel and work overseas. Mr McCaw said it was sad to put such a big piece of family history up for sale, but he had to ask himself, "are we living because of the past or because of the future?" "If you're hanging onto it just for that sake, you're possibly doing it for the wrong reasons." If the farm doesn't sell, the family are happy to "carry on" as they are.
Otago Witness, 6 December 1894, Page 41
THE VALLEY OF THE HAKATERAMEA. By Edith Seable Grossmann.
This little valley presents one of the characteristic scenes of the South Island. Here as elsewhere the surrounding hills have been stripped of bush ; and this fact has to some extent increased its aspect of rugged barrenness ; although on the other hand the original picturesque wildness has been modified by the distant fields of corn, the store and hotel, the managers' cottages, the line of the railway, and the big bridge. It is in the early stage of transition from nature to civilisation, and one cannot help wishing it might stay be — accessible and yet not tame.
The valley is formed by an opening in one of the off-ranges from the Alps, and has the barren grandeur that we find even in the approaches to those mountains. After passing the Kurow you enter the ancient riverbed of the Waitaki — a strip of flat land, grey shingle walled in by steep hills of rock and earth, whose bareness is broken only by the kauka palm, a waving plume of toi grass, or wild bush brambles with roots clinging to the scanty soil. If you drive up the valley these walls seem close upon you on one side, while on the other you see the slopes of farther hills, where the sunlight falls on patches of green cornfield or red sorrel terraces.
In still further distance the eye catches gleams of snow above ridges of purple and grey. The barren valley of stones with its rivers and its lonely palms is not unlike pictures of Oriental scenery. Of these two rivers that cross it, the deep Waitaki (Waitangi: river of mourning, they say the name means) is broken by grey shingle island. Its waters have the opaque intense turquoise blue of our alpine streams ; by night and day can be heard their murmuring along the course. The other stream is the clear, shallow Hakateramea, which shows every " dreaming pool," every pebble, every leaping fish within it. Its path is marked by coarse, green vegetation until it is lost to sight up a narrow gully. Except where the sides are steep and broken, the hills are mostly covered with yellow tussock. A few wild berries — white snowberries and pink— and the common but delicate bluebell are almost all than can be found among the coarse grass. Rocks of all shapes jut out above the surface and break the monotony of the tussocks. A few years back the settlement consisted only of a hotel, frequented chiefly by shearers, and a few station houses at wide intervals of distance. Driving amongst the hills, we, might occasionally meet some shepherd I with his flock of sheep ; their bleating filled the valley as evening came on. My most distinct impression of the place is of one summer twilight, when I watched from the hotel balcony the blue of the sky growing fainter and fainter. A rose- flush spread upward like a pale ethereal fire above the clear - cut edges of the mountain peak ; the evening star was shining above the dark Kurow, at whose foot clustered the white houses of the infant settlement. The valley itself was in colour a deep subdued brown, through which the two rivers wound like silver in the reflected light of the sky. A "solitary figure on horseback," indistinct among piles of half-hewn white stone, gave that suggestion of human interest which a novelist would find indispensable. Around the hotel verandah stood a rough group of shearers talking and smoking— a typical colonial scene. Such spots as Hakateramea are familiar enough to most New Zealanders, and yet they are so distinctly local in character as to merit some description. We find nothing like them in Australia. It is in the ranges of North and West Canterbury and of Otago, before the full grandeur of the Alps is reached, that they are most frequent. They are not such scenes as the foreign tourist visits ; guide books do not mention them— they are, in fact, the property of colonials alone.
The Land of Munros, Merinos & Matagouri. Its Kirk, Pioneers & Descendants - published privately by Erskine [1895- ] and Mabel NEAVE, a good book on the Kurow and Upper Waitaki regions. 1980, reprint. 1981, 125 pages published by David E. and M. Neave, P.O. Box 95, Kurow, N.Z.
Robbie Deans, coach for the Wallabies, at the Rugby World Cup 2011, was b. in Cheviot in 1959 and lived up on Kilmarnock station, the family farm, up the Blythe Valley. He and halfback brother, Bruce, 14 months younger, practised backline moves in their home paddock. Their parents, Tony and Joy, put up goalposts on the farm. "They were the tallest in New Zealand mate," says Deans. They played their junior rugby for Glenmark, the country club that has produced 10 All Blacks since 1970. Deans' early schooling was at Cheviot School until he left for Waihi Preparatory School in South Canterbury before becoming a boarder at Christ's College, where he earned First XV fame alongside Bruce and their future brother-in-law, former All Blacks flanker and recent NZRU chairman Jock Hobbs. Deans, played five tests for the All Blacks at fullback. "A smart footie coach" "learns more out of adversity than from success and they faced adversity against Ireland." said Foxie. Sept. 2011. "Obviously, we didn't finish up where we'd have liked to but not many do in their first outing" said Deans after loosing the bruising encounter, the semi final, on 16 Oct. 2011 against the All Blacks at Eden Park. The Wallabies showed good spirit, refused to give up, and applauded the All Blacks as they left the field. "There's no doubt that this whole playing group will be better for the experience they have had. What the All Blacks side have is a group that have suffered on many occasions," Deans said. "The core of their group, the nucleus of their group, this is their third attempt and they've got that burning desire, that fire in the belly for that reason. And they've also got that mental resilience. "I can't see anyone stopping the All Blacks now." The Deans name has been a part of rugby at the Christchurch for more than a century. The CHCH stadium at Lancaster Park is out of action owing to the Feb. 2011 earthquake. The Deans Stand had a seating capacity of 13,000. The stand was severely damaged in the earthquake when the piles it stood on were violently forced up and then down in a wave motion. It is slated for demolition. Robbie also coached the Crusaders from 2000 - 2008. In Dec. 2007 Deans said ‘It’s the people’s game, the game belong to them not the officials or the coaches.’ When questioned about the possibility of losing Deans to Australian rugby in 2007 Steve Tew remarked: ‘We have plenty of good coaches left in NZ.’ But great coaches like Robbie Deans? I think not. "Canterbury was and is everything to him." Deans, epitomises what Cantabrians feel they should be. He's driven to win but is honest and direct. "I'm a great believer in looking forward. You are only as good as your next game." Deans is proud of his deep Canterbury roots, more so as he has aged. "They were the ones who did the hard yards." Deans loves the challenge to to coach the No 2 side in the world.
Tony Deans (Waihi School 1935-39). He was born at Riccarton House in 1926, and grew up on the family farm, Kilmarnock, North Canterbury, where he was home-schooled until attending Waihi School. His Waihi days were very special to him and he could recount most of his cricket and rugby scores. In his final year at Waihi he was Head Boy, and won a Somes Scholarship to Christ’s College where he had 3 years in the cricket 1st XI and 1 year in the rugby 1st XV. Tony was in the Navy during the war then farmed on the family farm. He was married to Joy for 54 years and had 5 children, Jo, Nicky and Sarah and ex All Blacks Robbie and Bruce, fifth generation descendants.
8 July 2013. Robbie Deans resigned as Wallabies coach. He was the Wallabies' first overseas coach, their longest-serving over 74 Tests, with 58% of them won; a former All Black and celebrated Super Rugby coaching guru with five championship titles with the Crusaders between 2000-08. He could manage only three wins from 18 Tests against the All Blacks. at the 2011 World Cup knocked out by the All Blacks in the semis.
Aussie and New Zealand are great traditional rivals, regardless of what is being played, so when you throw the semifinal of the Rugby World Cup into that mix, I don’t think it can get any better. The atmosphere at Eden Park is going to be electric; it’s going to be huge. It should be a classic. wrote Aaron Cruden, 14 Oct. 2011. He was right.
The jersey is pretty important.
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