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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.. 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.

    Why did the settlers select South Canterbury to settle? Hint: Construct your entry off line, do spell check, then cut and paste.


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

Mailing Lists
, Boards & Archives etc. 

NZ Mailing List: A closed mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in New Zealand. All subject lines include "[NZ]" and so easily filtered to a special folder  for reading.  Usually I am not subscribed but do browse the Archives daily and subscribe when I want to contribute.  Approx. 15 messages daily. Replies may be made in the public forum or in private, depending on the nature (public interest) of the reply.  email for posting, only use if you are subscribed. 

Message Board: GEDCOM files and pictures can be attached, .JPG or .GIF format to a message. Maybe you have unidentified photos you would like to upload so that others might view and possibly identify or decipher the place, people, medal, signature, passenger list, etc. If you have a photo of an ancestor's headstone upload it when posting an obituary for that individual. New Zealand mailing lists

Genealogy sites NZ BDMs online. Look under stillbirths for DOB. Some of them are late registrations and others probably reregistrations in the name of the adoptive parents for adopted children, not ordinary late registrations.
Australian BMD Index
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
more genealogy sites
World Connect


New Zealand GenForum + Cemeteries Photographers database
Search sites ebay New Zealand ebay time

If a link is broken  
Tools Map NZ Top Wises 1912 Everyplace in NZ   Artist database Te Papa
Tools Matapihi - digital collections of different NZ organisations  

Community newspapers
One News
Newspapers & News New Zealand Newspapers
Timaru Herald Deaths

Timaru Herald 1864 -1920 
Temuka Leader Aug. 1878-1932
Waimate Advertiser 1898 -1919

  Trove, AUS   Beverley's site
Pictorial Collection South Canterbury Museum online database - rate rolls. Pioneer Hall was built in 1966.  
Heritage Images
AKL Libraries
Christchurch City Libraries Hocken Snapshot
Archives &
Combined Collections of Unpublished manuscripts and pictures collections in the ATL
1854 to 1950
1940 Vol. 2. Ka Kohika 
Dictionary of NZ Biography Index    

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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.  

Video of the month - Te Manahuna Aoraki Goal to have 310,000 hectares predator free.
New webpage -
The Fairlie Cottage Hospital.
Photos of the month -
Almost certainly S. H. Andrew PHOTO
Stanley Herbert ANDREW (1880-1965).
1880: Born at Great Torrington, Devon, England (Son of Oliver Bray ANDREW & his wife Isabella Kate FULFORD)
1891: UK Census shows Stanley & his family (parents & siblings) living in Wales
1901: UK Census, Stanley was boarding in Caerleon, Monmouthshire, Wales, occupation = photographer
1911: NZ Electoral Roll, Timaru Electorate - Supplementary Roll, 25 Maori Hill, Timaru, photographer
1914: Enlisted 21 Oct 1914 at Blenheim to serve in WW1, Reg No 6/1232A. Occupation = Photographer (self-employed), Last NZ Address = Kaikoura, NOK = Mrs I K Andrew (mother), Wiveliscombe, Somerset, England. 6ft. 170lbs. Hair fair. Presbyterian.
5/10/1916 Boarded. Disability: 1. Chronic rheumatism. 2. Malaria. Finding. Return to NZ by Hospital Ship for discharge as permanently unfit.
1917: Returned to NZ by Tainui in late 1916 & was finally discharged on 22 Jan 1917 as "no longer fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service", Intended address = Taumarunui

A 1914 pre war territorial photo - 2nd South Canterbury territorials, Melville Raynham Smith 61055 of Ashburton, probably front and centre. The photo would have been taken at a camp near Timaru. Most pre war territorials went with the Main Body or early reinforcements, but Melville for some unknown reason didnít sail to the 30th reinforcements


Geraldine Campground, in the center of town, with beautiful specimens of trees and a sign Visit Our Museum. What a good way to advertise the other museum in town, the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum. The campground is so nice and tidy, a well laid out motor camp, quite, you rarely hear traffic, has two shower blocks, cabins full up fast and motor homes arrive in the evening. Many come back year after year to stay here.
Press 15 October 1938 Page 15 "The motor camp is certainly an asset to the town," said the Mayor (Mr J. R. Lack).

May 1955. Geraldine Motor Camp. Whites Aviation photo.

An old rake.

An old mower.

Horse drawn plough.

An old drill. Photos taken early in the morning around 7 am in January 2018.

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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