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. 

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    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.
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
Tools The Wilson Collection
NZ Family History Records
Property Search - historical imagery Retrolens.co.nz, click agree, search, put in road name, on right side a line of photos, double click one, then scroll down to 'large', save to your computer. UK BDM non conformists South Canterbury Genealogy  
Newspapers & News New Zealand Newspapers
Timaru Herald Deaths

Timaru Herald 1864-1945 
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.  

Website of the month:  Cleaning headstones

NZ passenger lists

 Photo of the month: Signpost just past St. David's Church, Raincliff.


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  [email protected] I am looking for three more photos on South Canterbury scenes, buildings, events etc. with similar dimensions.  Images welcomed.

NZGenWeb Regional Projects are dedicated to the free exchange of public - domain records via the internet. Volunteer's are still needed to adopt other NZ regions.



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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.