Welcome to the South Canterbury GenWeb, the place to be. 
 A NZ GenWeb Project.
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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
& Archives etc. 

NZ Mailing List: A mailing list for anyone with a family history (genealogy) and local history interest in New Zealand. Include "[NZ]" and so easily filtered to a special folder  for reading. To search. Online, go to messages on the left.

  Search the old RootsWeb 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   19th cent N.Z. Artist by U. Platts
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 -1928 
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    

Search billions of records on Ancestry.com

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.  

Event: A weekend of celebrations of the fire bridge Sept. 25th to 28th 2020 with a parade through Stafford St starting at 1 pm Saturday, September 26 2020. The South Canterbury Museum also has an exhibit marking the 150 years of the Timaru Fire Brigade.

Webpage of the month -  A jigsaw puzzle from the Aigantighe -"Reproach" time to beat 15 minutes.

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 - August 2020.  The Irishman Creek mailbox in the Mackenzie, between Tekapo and Twizel, now the most photographed mail box in NZ. Try for the perfect shot with lupins blooming, snow on the Southern Alps and Mt Cook over the back of the mailbox. That will be December with not a cloud in the sky. The photo reminds me of the Nor'west arch, a Canterbury weather phenomenon.

Nor'wester: A strong hot wind at times a gale in the early part of the summer. Can be mild. From due north to the west. A strong southerly buster comes from the south west laid in thick with rain or hail over 2-3 days. The Nor-west Arch is a fohn cloud with fohn winds. Sometimes there's nothing that can match the sheer beauty of a setting sun on the clouds in South Canterbury.

 Below, the Northwest arch taken from "Holmwood", Te Moana, Geraldine, looking SE one November, during sunset.
Sunset up the Te Moana Rd with a cabbage tree on the lawn.

Please email me any photographs and old postcard images of South Canterbury for the site! Thanks.   Adopt A Cemetery in South Canterbury

forecast & tides

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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