Life at Swannanoa

‘LARUNDEL’ The man who gave Swannanoa its distinctive name was John Evans ‘Yankee’ Brown, who was on the Canterbury Provincial Council, the Hospital and Charitable Aid Board and was a founder of the Canterbury Tramway Company. Brown was from Pennsylvania and owned a large tract of land between between  Springbank and Eyrewell. Perhaps feeling a twinge of homesickness, he gave the broad plains country the Cherokee Indian name, ‘Swannanoa’, a

Straight off the Tussock – Racing

  Soon after stepping down as president of the North Canterbury Jockey Club in 1964, Jack became a steward for its big brother, the Canterbury Jockey Club. The stewards helped the CJC committee, but almost seemed to be on probation. The five stewards didn’t have official roles and didn’t attend committee meetings, but were there to work on race day and gradually get involved. If you were successful you were

Straight off the Tussock – a reader’s experience

DearTim, I wanted to share with you a story about your book, Straight Off The Tussock. [Fraser Books, 2005] I thought you might like to know that, over the last few weeks, this book has had an extraordinary impact on an elderly man and his wife in the last stages of their lives.   An elderly man that I knew, Mr L, had been a member of the crew of

Kiwi Farmers Guide to Life

  Take the road less travelled, they say. Kiwi Farmers Guide to Life does just that, telling stories of New Zealand farmers, agribusiness entrepreneurs and even a couple of scientists. Each one knows about sweat, quick-thinking and the importance of a sense of humour in battling agricultural elements.From a dive into farming history to a probe of modern agri issues, Kiwi Farmers Guide to Life shows farmers at their finest

West Eyreton School 150 Years Celebration

    I am looking forward to writing an updated West Eyreton school and social history coinciding with the school’s 150th celebrations in 2022. With this, I would love to look at existing family memoirs, notes and pictures showing ties to the school (longstanding or otherwise) It’s going to be a busy exercise so the more information I can gather over these next 3-6/months, the better the read will be.

Canterbury water Q&A

Freshwater management policies rolled out by central and local government may be critical to your livelihood. Here’s a Q&A from Environment Canterbury on Canterbury policy. https://www.ecan.govt.nz/your-region/your-environment/water/essential-freshwater-package/essential-freshwater-package-and-canterbury-rules-faqs/

Making NZ meat safe – industry change in the ’60s and ’70s

MEAT POLITICS John (Jack) Fulton’s great-grandfather, John Macfarlane, was a CFM founder, his father had been a director and sister Mary had a large shareholding in a family trust. The company had plants at Belfast, 8km north of Ashburton at Fairton and Pareora, about 15 km south of Timaru. The head office was in Christchurch and the company also had a trading office in London. Typically, Jack found himself equally