Saturday, September 10, 2016

Roberts - Wooding Wedding

Wedding photograph of Robert Charles Edward Trueman Roberts and Amy Maud Wooding at Ward, Marlborough in January 1938.
Pictured from left - Alice Amy Wooding nee Andrews (1881-1938), Robert Charles Edward Trueman Roberts (1913-2013), Amy Maud Roberts nee Wooding (1909-1990) and Arthur Richard Wooding (1882-1950)      

Robert Charles Edward Trueman Roberts was born 14 April 1913 and died 23 April 2013 aged 100 years

The marriage of Amy Maud, second daughter of Mr and Mrs A. R. Wooding ("Te Moana," Ward), to Edward Trueman, only son of Mr E. Roberts ("Riverside," Culverden), and of the late Mrs Roberts, was celebrated recently at St. Peter's Church, Ward, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. G. Barker. Miss Cecily Mills was the organist.

Mr Wooding escorted his daughter to the church, which had been beautifully decorated by friends of the bride. Miss Eileen Wooding, the bride's sister, was bridesmaid, Misses Margaret and Helen Roberts, the bridegroom's sisters, were flower-girls, and Mr William L. Cardwell attended the bridegroom as best man.

The bride's trained frock of cream crepe cavalcade was caught at the slightly cowled neckline with a spray of orange blossom and clusters of similar blossoms, which had been worn by the bridegroom's mother, held in place the veil of embroidered tulle. She carried a bouquet of Madonna lilies and roses.

The bridesmaid's frock was of Margaret Rose pink tree-back crepe, and was made with a fully flared skirt, puffed sleeves, and a round neck with vandyked trimming of narrow black ribbon velvet. A black velvet sash defined the waist Her picture hat to match her frock was trimmed with black velvet and pink rosebuds, and her bouquet was composed of pink roses and blue cornflowers.

Delphinium blue Victorian frocks patterned with pink rosebuds and forget-me-nots were worn by the flower-girls, and their Bo-Peep hats were trimmed with blue and pink flowers and tied with blue ribbons. Their Victorian posies were of flowers to tone.

The bride's mother wore a frock of black silk serge trimmed with gold stitched braid, and a hat of black gramophone straw. Her flowers were mauve sweet peas and statice. Mrs Roberts wore a frock of chocolate brown crepe de chine, a matching bolero having mustard-coloured revers. Her picture hat matched her frock, and she carried a bouquet of abutilons. Miss Roberts, aunt of the bridegroom, wore a frock of navy blue silk crepe trimmed with a faggoted vestee and a jabot of coffee coloured georgette. Her hat was of navy straw with veiled pink flowers inset in the crown, and her shoulder spray was also of pink flowers.

The bride travelled in a tailored suit of almond green linen, a beige silk blouse, and a chip straw hat with accessories to tone. Mr and Mrs E. T. Roberts will make their home at Culverden.
Press, Volume LXXIV, Issue 22291, 4 January 1938, page 3

 Flaxbourne Settlers Association Collection of Objects and Photographs

 Amy Maud Wooding 

 "Te Moana," Ward)

Wooding family portrait with the parents and six children seated outside Back row, left to right: Percy, Amy, Dick, Olive, Alice Front: Reg, Arthur, Muriel (baby) Written on the back in pencil: E. Wooding, c/o F.L.B. Giles, 99 Church Street, Rangiora

 Wedding of Amy Maud Wooding and Edward T. Roberts at the Anglican church, Ward

Wedding of Amy Maud Wooding and Edward T. Roberts at the Anglican church, Ward

Alice and Richard Wooding 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Woolston School

Woolston School 
Standard Two Boys


Lyttelton Harbour Tower Station

Arthur  George Rutter
Lyttelton Harbour Tower Station, 1930.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


near Timaru

Agamemnon stands 16 hands and is 4 years old. 
2nd at Timaru as a Yearling, 2nd at Christchurch as a Yearling; met the same colts at Timaru and Christchurch the following year and was placed 1st before them, meeting at Christchurch a ring of eight others; 1st at Oamaru as a two-year-old, beating the Irish hunter's stock, Wicklow; also 1st at Dunedin, beating Wicklow stock, also Merry Stanton stock, and 1st at Christchurch as a three-year-old; 1st at Timaru as a three- year-old; 1st at Oamaru a three-year-old also 2nd in the All Age Class as a Hackney Entire, at Oamaru.
Timaru Herald, Volume LX, Issue 2827, 4 October 1898, Page 4

reverse inscription - "Matched pair sold to Dr ? for two hundred guineas"

Mr Simmons, of Compstall, sold to Dr Townend, of Christchurch, on Saturday last, a pair of the best upstanding carriage horses ever seen in South Canterbury. They were examined by Mr Lillico, the Government veterinary surgeon, who passed them as sound. On account of enquiries regarding the above pair, several would-be purchasers both in Otago and Canterbury will be disappointed. We understand that the price obtained was very satisfactory.
Timaru Herald, Volume LXXV, Issue 11592, 30 October 1901, Page 2

Dr Townend's grand-daughter was Nina Caroline Studley-Herbert, 12th Countess of Seafield, at her death in 1969, she was the second richest woman in Britain after the Queen. Townend's second wife was Annie Quayle Moore the only surviving daughter of George Henry Moore of Glenmark.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

James Fitzgerald

James Fitzgerald

Canterbury Society of Arts, Annual Exhibition, Catalogue 1928, 
  Christchurch Art Gallery

The New Stamp Issue
To the Editor of The Press

Sir,- Are all Englishmen as atrabilious as our friend who criticises New Zealanders and their stamps in your issue of Saturday last? And must we be everlastingly singing "God Save the King" in order to attest our loyalty? 

½d - Fantail. 
 The halfpenny stamp for which I was responsible is not merely a drawing of a bird but a design as well, and if a design has no merit as a pattern then it is not a good design. The pattern is not destroyed by placing the design in any position, and in any case a designer may surely take it for granted that people can read. 

4d - Mitre Peak.

"Englishman" may be gratified to notice that I have placed the Imperial crown in a prominent position in my design for the fourpenny stamp, but New Zealand should not be accused of aggressive nationalism merely because she lays claim to some small individuality of her own. Nor are New Zealanders bound to conform to any type dictated to them by others, either in their art or in any other direction. —Yours, etc., JAS. FITZGERALD. May 4, 1935.

Press, Volume LXXI, Issue 21465, 6 May 1935, Page 18

Friday, January 9, 2015

Heathcote River

Heathcote River at Opawa, Christchurch

Monday, December 8, 2014


The Bailey-Marston Dance Orchestra
Christchurch, New Zealand

 Jack Tomlinson, Harold Bailey, Bill Floyd, Ian Pitcaithly, Lex Marston, Lou Toomer, Frank Squire, Colin Taylor, Bill Bailey and Roy O'Daniels
photograph by Standish and Preece

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grey Day, Cathedral Square

Grey Day, Cathedral Square 30x36
W. Menzies Gibb 1916

Luke Adams' Pottery Works

Study of Luke Adams' Pottery Works 21x14 by Mrs Claude Sawtell - Canterbury Society of Arts, Catalogue 1922

Friday, October 10, 2014


Ohoka showing from left one of the blacksmith's shops, alleyway leading to the Miniature Rifle Club site, the store and P.O. and small houses (the latter two still inhabited by families). Further along Mill Road on the right is a gum tree still standing in the old Eyre Co. Council Office site. Family pictured are facing the Hotel and Baker's shop now the Ohoka Service Station owned by Richard Hamilton and his sons, Edward and John.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Maxwell Bury

Maxwell Bury

born 28 July 1825 
died 9 September 1912 

1860 - General Lunatic Asylum, Nelson, superintended the erection of the building; plans prepared in England, built in the "old English style" [1].
1861 - Girls' and Infants' School, Nelson built by Mr. John Scott [2].
1861 - Nelson Provincial Council Buildings, 162 feet by 87 feet [3].
1863 - 7 May, arrived in Lyttelton on the s.s. Prince Alfred from Nelson [4].
1863 - Orphan Asylum, section 72, Lincoln Road, Christchurch.
1863 - Store and Offices, for Messrs. Walton, Warner & Co., Oxford Terrace, Christchurch. 
1863 - Bank of New South Wales, Hereford Street, Christchurch.
1863 - Parsonage House at Riccarton 1863 - Store and Offices for Messrs. Taylor and Co., Manchester Street, Christchurch.
1863 - Dwelling house for Archibald Thomson, Esq., Fendal Town Road, Christchurch.
1864 - Bonded warehouse for Mr Louisson, Hereford Street, Christchurch.
1864 - Church in Latimer Square, Christchurch, Messrs. Forgan & Sons, contractors.
1870 - Memorial window for Archdeacon Mathias, east end of St John's Church, Latimer Square, Christchurch.
[1] Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XIX, 4 July 1860, Page 3
[2] Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XX, Issue 4, 11 January 1861, Page 1
[3] Colonist, Volume IV, Issue 370, 10 May 1861, Page 1
[4] Lyttelton Times, Volume XIX, Issue 1095, 9 May 1863, Page 4


Lyttelton Times, Volume XX, Issue 1110, 1 July 1863, Page 5 

 Lyttelton Times, Volume XX, Issue 1116, 22 July 1863, Page 6

 Lyttelton Times, Volume XX, Issue 1123, 15 August 1863, Page 6

 Lyttelton Times, Volume XX, Issue 1133, 19 September 1863, Page 8

 "bury architect" 

Press, Volume III, Issue 290, 6 October 1863, Page 1

Press, Volume III, Issue 337, 28 November 1863, Page 4

  Lyttelton Times, Volume XXI, Issue 1242, 28 May 1864, Page 4

Lyttelton Times, Volume XXII, Issue 1262, 12 July 1864, Page 4

 Lyttelton Times, Volume XXII, Issue 1269, 26 July 1864, Page 4

Colonist, Volume X, Issue 710, 15 February 1867, Page 3

The Nelson Provincial Buildings
Architect Maxwell Bury

Designed the memorial window for Archdeacon Mathias at the east end of St John's Church, Latimer Square.
Star, Issue 786, 30 November 1870, Page 2

Saturday, August 9, 2014

George Mallinson

died 5 December 1908 at Filey, Yorkshire

 Press, Volume IV, Issue 433, 21 March 1864, Page 1

The death has occurred at his residence, at Filey, Yorkshire, of Mr. George Mallinson, retired architect and surveyor, at the age of 77 years. Mr. Mallinson, who built the first stone church in New Zealand, at Port Lyttelton, was a native of Dewsbury, and served his articles with the noted firm of Barry and Brown, Liverpool.
Evening Post, Volume LXXVII, Issue 22, 27 January 1909, Page 4

Christchurch Architects:
Benjamin W. Mountfort, Maxwell Bury, Frederick Strouts, Isaac Luck, George Mallison, Charles Edward Fooks

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Governors Bay

Governors Bay about 1862-1864.
  To the far right is St Cuthberts Church designed by architect George Mallison. The foundation stone for the church was laid on 30 January 1860 and built over a period of two years. A stone chancel was added in 1864 which is not present in this photograph.

Monday, August 4, 2014

William Daniel Lawrence

born 1 May 1840 Carmarthen, South Wales,
died 20 November 1933 at his residence, Christchurch

Mr. William Daniel Lawrence. J.P., was born in South Wales, in 1843. He was educated at Kensington Grammar School, and afterwards had a private tutor, the Rev. Piercy Frost, under whom he studied for the Army. In 1864 he came to New Zealand in the ship “Derwentwater,” and went as a cadet on the Hon. Robert Daly's run, Dunsandel, where he remained for four years, when he made a start for himself by purchasing a good-sized block of swamp land near Leeston, which he named “Ravensworth, after his old home in Wales. His property after large sums of money had been spent in draining and other important improvements, became known as the best grazing land in the Ellesmere district. Mr. Lawrence was a large breeder of sheep and shorthorn cattle, and he was instrumental in raising a stud flock of Romney Marsh sheep, so favourably known throughout New Zealand. He retired from farming in 1892, and purchased and settled on a small property near Christchurch. Mr. Lawrence has taken a very prominent part in public affairs, especially in connection with the district where he so long resided. He was created a Justice of the Peace in 1873, and was sworn in under the Hon. C. C. Bowen, when that gentleman was Resident Magistrate of Christchurch. For many years he was a member of the Ellesmere Road Board, and chairman of the local school committee. He has also been president of the Ellesmere Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and chairman of the Ellesmere Licensing Committee. Mr. Lawrence is an enthusiastic angler, and anglers have to thank him for stocking the Rakaia and Selwyn rivers with fish in 1867. He will long be remembered as the popular president of the Ellesmere football and cricket clubs. Mr. Lawrence married a daughter of the late Mr. Charles K. Vigers, of Governor's Bay, who came out in the ship “Canterbury” in 1851 and has a family of five sons.

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District], The Cyclopedia Company, Limited, 1903, Christchurch.

W. D. Lawrence's house, N.Z.

The death occurred at his residence, Christchurch, yesterday of Mr William Daniel Lawrence, who many years ago was a farmer in the Leeston district and intimately associated with the Ellesmere A. and P. Association and all other organisations having the welfare and progress of the district as their objective.

Mr Lawrence was in his ninety-fourth year, and was born at Carmarthen, South Wales, in 1840. He was the third son of Dr. Henry Lawrence. He was educated at Kensington Grammar School, and afterwards studied for the army, but, abandoning that intention, came to New Zealand, arriving at Lyttelton in 1863 in the ship Derwentwater.

He was first of all a cadet on Mr R. J. S. Harman's run, and was later appointed manager for the Hon. Robert Daly on "Camla," Dunsandel. Afterwards he took up land at Dunsandel and at Sedgemere, finally purchasing a property near Leeston, which he named "Ravensworth," after his old home in Wales.

Mr Lawrence effected great improvements by drainage and in other ways, the farm becoming one of the best known in Ellesmere. He was a large breeder of sheep and Shorthorn cattle, and was instrumental in raising a flock of stud Romney Marsh sheep which became very widely known.

A very prominent part was taken in public affairs by Mr Lawrence during his residence in this district. He was created a Justice of the Peace in 1873, and was the oldest member of the commission in New Zealand; for many years he was a member of the Ellesmere Road Board, and chairman of the School Committee, and chairman of the Ellesmere Licensing Committee.

But he will be best known for his association with the Ellesmere A. and P. Association, of which he was a foundation member in 1870, and was its first secretary. He was afterwards president of the association. It was he and Mr Bluett who addressed the first meeting of farmers at Southbridge regarding the formation of the association, and he took a keen interest in its' formation and subsequent career. Mr Lawrence retired from his Leeston activities in 1891 to reside in Christchurch, but his interest in the district and, in its show did not languish, and he was a frequent visitor to the annual shows, his last appearance being made at the recent show held in October.

Mr Lawrence took an active part in sport. He was one of the early members of the Canterbury Hunt Club, and when he lived at "Ravensworth" it was his custom to walk two or three pairs of hounds in the summer, while two or three meets were held there each hunting season. Mr Lawrence was also a keen fisherman and shooter, and was a life member of the North Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. He was one of a body of fishing enthusiasts who were responsible for the liberation of trout in the Selwyn, Hall's Creek and other streams in the Ellesmere district.

Mr Lawrence is survived by a widow and five sons, Messrs J. W. K., H. S., C. H. and L. V. Lawrence, of Christchurch, and Mr C. W. Lawrence, who at present lives in Mesopotamia.

Ellesmere Guardian, Volume LIV, Issue 91, 21 November 1933, Page 4

MR. W. D. LAWRENCE The death occurred in Christchurch last week, at the age of 93, of Mr. William Daniel Lawrence, a well-known Canterbury pastoralist, who was closely connected with early farming practice in the Leeston district.

He was born at  Carmarthen, South Wales, on May 1, 1840, the third son of Dr. Henry Lawrence. He was educated for the Army, but gave up the intention of following a military career and came to New Zealand. arriving at Lyttelton by the ship Derwentwater in 1863.

Mr. Lawrence was first of all a cadet on Mr. R. J. S. Harman's run, and was later manager of the "Camila" station for the Hon. Robert Daly. Subsequently he took up land on his own account at Dunsandel and Sedgemere, finally taking up the "Ravensworth" property at Leeston, which he farmed until he retired and went to live in Christchurch in 1891.

He was a well-known breeder of Romney Marsh sheep. He was appointed a justice of the peace  in 1877 and at his death was the oldest holder of the commission of the peace in New Zealand. He took an active part in sport. He was one of the early members of the Canterbury Hunt Club. He was also a keen fisherman and shooter and was a life member of the North Canterbury Acclimatisation Society. He was one of a body of fishing enthusiasts who were responsible for the liberation of trout in many Canterbury streams. He leaves a widow and five sons.

New Zealand Herald, Volume LXX, Issue 21659, 27 November 1933, Page 11

Saturday, November 21, 1891.
The sale of Mr W. D. Lawrence's property at Leeston to Mr Henry Chamberlain, of Ellesmere was announced. The price was £29 2s 6d per acre for 455 acres and buildings and the sale was regarded as approximately a record for New Zealand. Higher prices per acre had been paid for small blocks and larger sums for greater areas of land, but a sale of 455 acres at £29 2s 6d per acre was not heard of every day in this colony. 

Ellesmere Guardian, Volume LVII, Issue 90, 20 November 1936, Page 4


Mr Worthy's House, Christ's College

Interior and Exterior Views of Mr Worthy's House, Christ's College, Christchurch, N.Z.
 designed and built in 1860 by Mountfort and Luck

As the house aged ivy climbed its walls.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Croslegh Dampier-Crossley

Croslegh Dampier-Crossley
photographed by John Robert Hanna, Auckland.

Lyttelton Times, Volume IX, Issue 559, 13 March 1858, Page 4


Press, Volume XII, Issue 1587, 7 December 1867, Page 2

Mr. Croslegh Dampier-Crossley, J.P., Proprietor of Esk Head Station, was born in Hertfordshire, England, in 1839. He was educated at Sedburgh, and brought up to farming by his uncle, Mr John Crossley, of Scaitcliffe, Lancashire, who left his estates to him, on condition that in addition to his own name, he took the name of Crossley, and coat of arms. Mr. Christopher Edward Dampier, his father, emigrated to New Zealand, where he arrived on the 8th of November, 1850, in the “PhÅ“be Dunbar,” and, as solicitor to the Canterbury Association, he brought the documents of the Association with him [he died  9 November 1871 at the Hollies, Sway, Hants aged 70 years]. Mr Dampier-Crossley came to Lyttelton in 1858 in the ship “Roehampton” and went to the Hurunui, where he afterwards became manager of his father's sheep run, Esk Head. In 1870 he took over the property. He has a shearing ground and shed at Stoneyroyd, Waitohi Gorge. His residence is at Waituna, Waikari. Mr. Dampier-Crossley was the first to take sheep to Hokitika in 1868. He was at one time a member of the Rangiora and Mandeville Road Board, and is a member of the Agricultural and Pastoral Association, Christchurch. He was also a member of the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry, and resigned the lieutenancy after serving about nine years.

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]
The Cyclopedia Company, Limited, 1903, Christchurch

[From our Correspondent.] AMBERLEY, October 12.
Mr Croslegh Dampier-Crossley, of Stonyroyd, Waikari, died at four o'clock this morning. At the end of last week he underwent an operation for appendicitis, and he made fair progress until yesterday, when a change came which rendered his case hopeless. Mr Crossley, who had been in North Canterbury since 1858, was very popular, and his death will be deplored by a wide circle of friends.

Star, Issue 8444, 12 October 1905, Page 3


The death of Mr Crosleigh Dampier-Crossley of Waikari, will be heard of with much regret. The late Mr Dampier-Crossley was born in Hertfordshire in 1839, was educated at Sedburgh, and brought up to farming by his uncle, who left him his estate on condition that ho took the name of Crossley in addition to his own. His father, Mr C. E. Dampier, who was the solicitor to the Canterbury Association, arrived in Canterbury by the shop Phoebe Dunbar on the 8th of November, 1850, prior to the first four ships, Mr Dampier-Crossley coming in the Rockhampton in 1858. He went to the Hurunui, and became manager of his father's property, Esk Head Station, and in 1870 took over the property. He was the first to take sheep over to Hokitika in 1868.

He was at one time a member of the Rangiora and Mandeville Road Board, and was also a member of the first North Canterbury Jockey Club, the Canterbury A. and P. Association, and a member and past president of the Northern A. and P. Society.

For nine years he was a lieutenant of the C.V.C., having joined that corps as a private.

Mr Dampier-Crossley was twice married, his first wife dying some years ago. He was married a second time to the widow of. the late Mr Edward Chapman.

Since his resignation of the lieutenancy of the C.V.C. Mr Crossley has not taken much interest in public matters. He was suffering from an attack of appendicitis in an aggravated form, which necessitated on operation about a fortnight ago. He was only taken ill two days previous to the operation. Dr. Volckman attended the case most assiduously, and hopes were entertained at the beginning of the week that he might pull through, but these were not verified, and he died at 5 a.m. yesterday. Mr Crossley leaves a widow and one son and two daughters, all grown up and married.

The flag at Messrs Dalgety and Co.'s office was at half-mast yesterday, as a mark of respect. The funeral will take place to-morrow from the Rangiora station, after the arrival of the mid-day train from Christchurch.

Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12323, 13 October 1905, Page 5

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Memorial Hall

The Memorial Hall
Christchurch Technical College
A memorial for those Old Boys killed in World War I

The Memorial Hall Ceremony
the Governor-General, Lord Bledisloe, laying the Foundation Stone

Inspection of the Guard

Crossing the Tennis Court before the Ceremony. His Excellency carrying the Mallet.

photographed 20 July 2014

Demolition by Shilton and Brown

 Another project managed by Pace Project Management

Hawkins Construction site