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'Old Kaiapoi' compiled by Charles Brockelbank in 1941, 103 pages online
 Gives names and brief biographies of many early families immigrating to the Kaiapoi region

Online thanks to the Waimakariri District Libraries. Use google to search e.g. copy and paste entire line into the Google search box.
"Cressy" 1850 -"l=mi" site: 
"F. Butt" -"l=mi" site:

Canterbury has never been well supplied with timber like most of the other provinces and settlers realised the value of their timber resources. They found employment in the bush e.g. splitting shingles and firewood. By March 1851 they were required to obtain a license to cut timber. Bush operations provided the only industry other than pastoral. When the province was first settled, the whole of Banks' Peninsula was thickly wooded and the early history of the province is largely connected with saw-milling there and near Kaiapoi. The areas of bush between the Waimakariri (or Courtenay, as it was called) and the Ashley Rivers were Maori Bush, the Church Bush and the Rangiora Bush. The Cam River ran alongside the Church Bush and timber was floated down and landed near Harris Island. The Kaiapoi River was originally called the Cam River, it is a tributary of the Waimakariri River, which it joins at the larger river's estuary. The Kaiapoi bushes were extinct by 1880 and the Peninsula was cleared soon after. Fires were all too common in the bush. At Church Bush a fire swept through in 1859. Bush operations, pit sawing, gave rise to stores and villages soon followed as accomodation was a problem e.g. Waihi Bush gave rise to the village of Woodbury in 1866. Peel Forest became another service centre for the bush milling industry. In 1908 the Government by exchange acquired 520 acres of bush which has remained the scenic reserve.  At Waimate extensive fires swept through the Bush in 1865 and 1866 and on 18th Nov. 1878 fire swept through and that was the end of that bush. Ref. Canterbury's native bush by Arthur F. Clark. Pit sawing was unpleasant work.

My Grandad, SP, in the foreground and his house on the right, 1910, Puaha.
Puaha, Banks Peninsula, SP's house on right, 1910 and in the bush. At Little River saw milling started in 1860.

Part 1 (pages slow to load)
ASHLEY, George
ANDERSON, James arrived on the first four ships
Anderson, Mrs, nee M.A. Alfred arrived on the "Charlotte Jane" as a nurse to Dr. Barker's children
BARKER, James and Mrs with six children arrived in the Cressy
BLACKMORE, Thomas Castle Eden 1851
Wreck of the "Awake Belle", Capt. Ted Mallash
BARNARD, Mrs J.W. d/o David Heney
BLACKBURN, Thomas, arrived in Lyttelton in the 50s
BATE, Edwin
BAKER, Mrs Richard d/o Joseph Keetley. Arrived on theship "Mystery" in March 1859
BROADLEY, George and family arrived "Surat" wrecked in 1873
BUTT, F - ship "Herefordshire" 1879. Mother was a sister of Mrs James Baker (Cressy)
BALL, James, b. Upton, Hampshire
BLACKWELL, Mrs T.G. d/o George Vogeler
BRYDEN, James, b. in Ayrshire, arrived NZ in 1879

Part 2
BYRON, George Gordon
BENNETT, Joseph arrived in the "Cressy"
BLAKELEY, B.W. b. March 1861. Arrived in NZ with his parents in July 1880
BLAKELEY, Abraham s/o Reuben
BLAKELEY, R. b. Batley, Yorkshire, May 1834. arrived in April 1880 in the "Mallowdale
BROCKELBANK, Charles, from Lincolnshire, ENG. Arrived in 1874 in the "Rakaia"
BRUNDELL, Alfred Turner, arrived in the "Wm Hyde" in Oct. 1851
BROWN, David
Brown, Reg.
Brown, Geo.
BURNIP, William, arrived in the early fifties, worked in Church Bush
CAPIL, Thomas arrived in the "Castle Eden" in 1851
Capil, John, son
CATTERMORE, William arrived in the "Lady Nugent" in 1851
Cattermore, John, son
CLARK, A.T. came to NZ in 1860. Children: Edith, Fred and A.E.W. Clark
CLARKE, James left N. Ireland. Arrived in Kaiapoi in the 60s.
Clarke, William, father, also came to Kaiapoi
Clothier, Ben, son
COUP, William and family arrived in the "Merchantman"
DUNN, John b. in Porlack, Somerset. A stonemason. Rev. Raven was a fellow passenger.
DUNN, Robert
DRABBLE, Joseph and Thomas arrived in "British Crown"
EDMONDS, Percy s/o George Edmonds who arrived in Lyttelton in 1864
ELLEN, George Alfred b. Baaham, Kent
HARPER, John and Robert arrived in the "Royal Stuart" in 1854
HEALD, Benjamin and Mrs Heald arrived at Wellington in the "Egmont" in 1855
HOLLAND, James arrived on the "Mermaid in 1868
JOHNSON, Mrs arrived in the late 70s on the "Hurunui". Sons -Tom, Cam, Alf, Jim.
HENEY, David left Belfast, Ireland in 1859
JOHNSON, Captain b. Stockholm.
JOHNSTON, Andrew arrived at Pt. Chalmers in 1874 on the "Maria Band."
JONES, William b. in Wales, son, John, b. in Lyttelton in 1862
KEETLEY, Joseph - ship "Mystery" 1859
LOUIS, Charles, deserted his ship, a native of France
LYNSKEY, Michael
McALLISTER, George, arrived in the Herefordshire in 1879
MONK, Benjamin, arrived in NZ in 1858
Monk, James, son
Monk, Ray, son
McRORIE, Daniel, and wife arrived in Nelson during 1879

Part 3
McGREGOR, Alexander - ship Storm Cloud
McINTOSH, Kenneth ship Mystery 1859
McGARRY, Corporal J. Royal Artillery, Crimean medal
McALEER, Robert "Opawa" 1878
MILES, Harry b. at Seven Oaks, Kent, came to NZ in 1871
NORMAN family came out before the first four ships.
Norman, William, his father and mother came out on the "Minerva" in 1852
ORAM, Chas. "Glentanner" 1857
PARNHAM, Edwin "Glentanner" late 50s.
PEARCE, Thomas, bricklayer on the "Maori" 1857 with wife and two sons, Alfred and Frederick
PHILLIPS, Mrs Maurice, d/0 John Barnes came on the "Star of India" in 1874
PUDDLE, William "Rakaia" 1875
REVELL, Thomas "Minerva" arrived Lyttelton 2nd Feb. 1853
RINALDI, Edward, native of Jersey, wife and daughter arrived on the "Egmont" in 1862
SAUNDERS, Isaac, came via Australia to Picton
STILES, Henry, arrived late '70s
STORER, Thomas, with his brother Edward arrived on the first four ships.
Simpson, William - ship Crusader 1883
Stewart, John and James. Parents came on "British Empire" in 1865
STEVENSON, John T. from Ireland with wife and 3 children on the "Mermaid"
TEMPLETON, George c. 1864 from Scotland on the "Canterbury"
THOMPSON, Robert, from Ireland, Tom Balllantyne was his brother-in-law.
THORNE, Fred came to Australia in the ship "Hespigadera" and to NZ in the "Te Anau"
THURLO, William on the "Herefordshire" with Messrs. Butt and McAllister
WAITES, William Walter "Metropolis" 1863
WILSON, Thomas "Merrydale" 1877

Part 4
WINTERBOURNE, J.T. and Mrs. in the "Regina" during 1859
WYLIE, Richard b. in Onehunga in 1866
WRIGHT, William b. Pontefract, Yorkshire
WRIGHT, Robert Marshall s/o William
WYATT, Henry, s/o Alfred Wyatt
Evans, Richard, landed Christmas Day 1870
Blackwell, George Henry b. Leamington, Warkshire, served on the H.M.S. Styx. Arrived in Lyttelton in 1865

Kaiapoi Street names - Know a town's street-names, and you know half its history.
Family Histories of local people in the Waimakariri District Libraries
Kaiapoi War Memorial

Bush Advocate, 30 May 1904, Page 3 Golden Wedding.
A pleasant family gathering took place yesterday, at the residence of Mr and Mrs Crallan, senr., the occasion being the celebration of Mr and Mrs Crallan's golden wedding. Mr Crallan came to New Zealand in the year 1859, in the good ship "Regina," landing at Lyttelton on December 16th, that day being the 9th anniversary of the Canterbury Province.; Mrs Crallan joined her husband three years later, having come to the colony in the ship "Chariot of Fame." They spent about three years at the Church Bush, near Kaiapoi, Mr Crallan being at that time engaged in pit sawing. Some time afterwards be shifted to Oxford, in North Canterbury, where he remained for twenty years. Mr Crallan's next shift was to Dannevirke, where he and his son are well known in sawmilling circles. We regret to say that Mrs Crallan's health has not been good for some years, but fortunately Mr Crallan is still hale and hearty. Mr and Mrs Crallan's descendants at present-living are one son, three daughters, and twelve grandchildren.

Lyttelton Times, 19 October 1859, Page 4
The strong north-west winds of last week were the cause of a fearful destruction of property at Kaiapoi, the whole of the valuable bush known as the "Native Bush," having been destroyed by fire, as well as a large portion of the Church Bush; in addition to which, nearly all the houses in and near the bush have been destroyed, as well as both of the Maori pahs, and an immense quantity of sawn and split timber. The fire commenced on Wednesday, at the northeast end of the bush—in what manner has not; been clearly ascertained—and by Thursday morning had burnt right through the bush to the south-west end. At this time the wind increased to a perfect storm, and the fire appeared to leap at one bound a distance of nearly a mile, to the Maori pah nearest to Kaiapoi. Five, houses were instantly in flames, and speedily reduced to ashes,-with nearly all they contained at the same time the hush and homestead belonging to Mr. Harrison, one of our earliest settlers, was ignited, and the whole speedily consumed. Several very large stacks of timber and firewood lying on the banks of the river at the head of the navigation were also destroyed. On Friday the wind to the southward for a few hours, and drove the fire through the remaining portion of the bush lying towards Wood-end. A more sad picture of desolation than is presented by the scene of this disaster can scarcely be conceived. What was a few days ago one of the most attractive and pleasing districts on the plains, is now a charred and blackened waste. But the most distressing sight is to see the number of hard-working, industrious men, with their families, reduced to a state of destitution, without a roof to cover them. A surprising number of bush houses had sprung up lately, many of them tenanted by large families but the sites of those houses can now be discovered only by an occasional heap of iron utensils, or tools, or perhaps some slight signs of a chimney; all else has disappeared. Two children had been put into a canoe, and had drifted down the river; but even the water was not a safe refuge, for at one spot might be seen a canoe which had been burnt to the water's edge. Some commiseration has been expressed for the Maoris who have lost their houses and whares, as well an their bush; but they seem quite happy—the usual remark from them being "Oh! now we sell bush to white man, and we go away to Port Levy, or somewhere else!'' And really this seems the best thing that can be done for it the white man's energy be not at once employed in sawing up the scorched trees which are loft standing, in a few months' time they will be utterly worthless. Amongst so many sufferers it is difficult to distinguish particular cases, but I cannot help mentioning a few whose losses have come under my own observation—such as Mr Harrison, whose beautiful and well known bush property, together with large stores of timber are destroyed, the three Heywood brothers, who had accumulated a great quantity of timber, all of which is gone, as well as their household goods also Mr. A. Weston, who had large stacks of firewood burnt; Bryan, Horrell, Mayhew, Waring, and others, who have all suffered severely. Two or three of the bullock drivers had barely time to unhitch, their bullocks from the drays and leave them to take care of themselves. Whilst the fire was thus raging in the Maori bush, the sparks were carried by the gale over 30 chains of cultivated land to Harrison's bush, which instantaneously ignited. In this bush there were upwards of 50,000 feet of sawn timber, in two stacks, besides a large quantity of slabs, all lying, close to one sawpit.

The Big Tree at Peel Forest, Nov. 2009   Nov. 2009, the Big Tree at Peel Forest and me.