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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. 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  
old South Canterbury GenWeb link
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.  

New webpage - Four Peaks Track

Webpage of the month - The Macdonald Dictionary project - a crowd sourcing project. In this project you will identify and transcribe the names of people mentioned in the handwritten cards of the G R Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biographies. Sign in, draw box around a name, type out full name, add a year of birth or death and repeat until all names are done on card.

Photos of the month - Strathallan St. 2 p.m. and the public clock. A.A.W. Co. Series postcard. 'The Arthur A. Ware Series'  Early Canterbury postcards. Arthur Albert Ware, Bookseller, Stationer, & Printer, arrived New Zealand c.1901 (was in NZ 12 years) with his wife Amy and he died 25 March 1913 of Chronic Pulmonary Tuberculosis for some years under the care of Dr. W. Unwin. Haemoptysis (coughing up blood) Acute Toxaemia, aged 39, at his residence Roslyn Terrace, Timaru. M.S. Brooker was the undertaker. Buried in the Timaru Cemetery ARTHUR (GHEDE) on headstone.  Alex Montgomery was the Registrar. He was born in born Walthamstone, NE London, England. Married in London in 1898. Arthur was 25 when he married. Amy Hogarth.  Amy Harriett Ware was 42 when Arthur died. Parents: James Ware, carpenter. Isabella Ware formerly Watson
T.J. Teague, Land, Insurance and General Business, Hay's Building, corner of Stafford and Strathallan Streets, Timaru.
Messrs Guinness and LeCren's Buildings, Strathallan Street.

Corner of Stafford, Church and Strathallan Streets.
Store SC Dresden - sold pianos.
The Old Bank Hotel
Robert Bowie, Stafford St., sold pickles.

Timaru Herald 29 November 1886 Page 2
A horseman who had evidently not been to a Good Templars' picnic, created some excitement in the Main Road on Saturday evening. He proceeded along the Main Road all right until getting near the Gladstone Board of Works Office, when his horse, a big upstanding animal, made a desperate plunge and landed on the footpath under Ballantyne's verandah, to the imminent danger of passers-by and the no small consternation of shopkeepers, who expected to see horse and rider take header through the large plate glass windows. However the rider, by dint of much application of a big strap to the most susceptible part of his charger's anatomy got on the high road again, and all went well till the Old Bank corner was reached, when some more horse play of a decidedly dangerous character took place. The horse backed right into the hotel side door, and being lunged from there, got under Mr Bowie's verandah. At this stage a friend volunteered assistance, and taking the horse's head set it once more for home. After a little more skirmishing round in which it was plainly shown that the rider was as much frightened of his horse, as the bystanders were of the latter's heels, he was fairly set going on his homeward journey.

Timaru Herald 15 November 1887 Page 3
All day yesterday rain fell heavily, more especially in the morning, and water soon began to accumulate. The force of water was so great that the culvert at the Old Bank corner could not resist it, and the water damming up soon overran the Main Road, and sent a big stream down Strathallan street. In the afternoon the rain ceased a little, and the culverts getting a " show " very soon carried the water off.

 Timaru Herald 15 May 1917 Page 11
Councillor Raymond, as chairman of the Works Committee, said the machinery was now all in order at the quarry, and the engineer said that he would be able to put metal out on Wai-iti road in the course of a few days. Councillor Murphy said the engineer had told them the same thing about Stafford street, which, had been twice, scarified since then. The Council had passed two resolutions that the first piece of street to be re-metalled was from the Old Bank corner to Cannon street, yet the engineer now wanted to go like a gale of wind to Wai-iti road. He (the speaker) objected to this.

Timaru Herald 28 March 1913 Page 8 Rugby Union
The chairman made suitable reference to the loss football had sustained through the death of the late Mr A A. Ware. Football was Mr. Ware's chief hobby, and the local game owed much to his energy as former secretary of the Referees' Association. A motion expressing the Union's sympathy with Mrs Ware in her sad bereavement was carried.

Ornamental Hawthorn trees (Crataegus laevigata 'Pauls Scarlet'.) can be found in bloom on the Fairlie Golf Course in November.

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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