Welcome to the South Canterbury GenWeb, the place to be. 
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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

From 11 April 2021 you will not be able to login the NZ BDM site using Internet Explorer as that browser will no longer be supported. Instead use an alternative browser, such as: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge.

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
UK BDM non conformists
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
NZ passenger lists
Google books
more genealogy sites
World Connect


New Zealand GenForum + Cemeteries Photographers database
Search sites
Military postcards
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 1864-1935 
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.  

Webpage of the month:  When the Herald began

Website of the month:  Food cooked in a minute

Photos of the month - Te Reo Hotunui o Te Moana nui a Kiwa, or, The Deep Sigh of the Pacific. Unveiled 27 March 2021.

Pacific soldiers fought alongside New Zealand soldiers and lives were lost. The Pacific Islands Memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington, N.Z. sits above State Highway One, on which traffic crawls through the Arras Tunnel - named after the tunnels from the First World War in France. During WW1 the New Zealand Tunnelling Company completed two vast quarry networks underneath the city of Arras, in northern France. Post-WWII the tunnels were closed, but sometime after they were rediscovered in 1990, a conch shell was found near a pillar inscribed by Private Angene Angene – one of a small group of Cook Islanders who served with New Zealanders on the Western Front alongside Private Isaac Solomona and T Kopunaiti – enlisted in Rarotonga and survived the war. The shell – a Chicoreus Ramosus – is of tropical Indo-Pacific origin and there’s speculation one of the trio took it on their journey and kept it while in Arras as a reminder of their home. The shell location in 2021 is unknown as it is in a private museum somewhere in Europe.

The memorial stands four-and-a-half metres tall, and is intricately engraved, designed by Michael Tuffrey. There's a whole lot of symbolism. The conch is symbol that is used right through the Pacific and reflects the Pacific. A conch shell is used to call our peoples to come together and it is like our last post, when someone blows the bugle. Stones from around the region, - Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Niue Solomon Islands, among others were dropped inside a hole before construction commenced and now buried underneath the conch. Burying a mauri stone is a mark of respect to Papa, the earth mother, and bestows a blessing on the site and the buildings placed there. Poppies etched with a base of a fired artillery shell in each centre - symbolises the artillery. The memorial, which adds to six other international memorials at Pukeahu, cost $450,000 and was funded by the Government.

Beautiful -see the poppies.

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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