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St Mark’s church, Remuera, Auckland, NZ ~ Wordless Wednesday

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Arohanui, Christchurch

On February 22nd 2011 at 12.51pm (NZDT), an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit Christchurch, New Zealand, causing the deaths of 185 people. These postcards are from the album of my grandmother, Agnes Majella (Burke) Gaffaney, who was born, raised and buried in Christchurch.  

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St Patrick’s church, Waimate, South Canterbury, NZ

St Patrick’s church in Waimate was opened on October 24th, 1909, replacing the original church that had been built in 1876 of local heart timber.  It was renovated in 1954. ( The original church was moved to Washdyke in 1934, where it remains today.)1 Waimate District Council, “Waimate Churches [archived version]“, (http://www.waimatedc.govt.nz/Waimate/Community/waimatechurches.htm : accessed 19…

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A Temuka wedding ~ 1896

This entry is part 8 of 18 in the series The Brosnahans of Temuka

As it’s St Valentine’s Day, we’re off to 1896 Temuka, South Canterbury, for a wedding – the nuptials of Mr Patrick Dennis Hoare and Miss Mary Brosnahan. A WEDDIGN AT TEMUKA. (From an occasional Correspondent.) Temuka, May 2, 1896. One of the nicest weddings that has been celebrated in Temuka for many years took place…

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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand ~ Follow Friday

A great resource from the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre – a searchable full-text edition of all six volumes of The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. The Cyclopedia of New Zealand was published in six volumes between 1897 and 1908 by the Cyclopedia Company Ltd. Each volume deals with a region of New Zealand and includes…

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St Bede’s College Sports, 1928

This entry is part 4 of 18 in the series The Brosnahans of Temuka

My grandfather Dominic Gaffaney was a boarder at St Bede’s College, Christchurch, NZ for two years – from 1927 to 1928.  The college is the oldest Roman Catholic Boys’ College in the South Island, founded by Marist priests in 1911, and the only Catholic day and boarding college for boys in the South Island.1 Also…

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The old homestead, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ

This is the original home of Michael Gaffaney and Margaret Brosnahan, and I’ve posted this photo in an earlier post.  I’m not sure when it was taken, but at the recent family gathering in Temuka, the photo was displayed with the following note: Michael and Margaret Gaffaney with, probably, their five eldest daughters, Susan, Annie,…

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Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ ~ Those Places Thursday

Temuka. I finally got to visit this very special place last month. My grandfather’s cousin was celebrating 50 years of life as a nun, having a jubilee Mass and lunch afterwards, with many family members invited.  I was pretty keen to attend, despite having to travel halfway round the world, and when I found out…

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St Joseph’s church, Temuka, South Canterbury, NZ ~ Wordless Wednesday

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Travelling

Hmmm… I don’t seem to be doing so well on my blogging resolutions so far this year.  But!  I have an excellent excuse.  I have just spent 13 days in New Zealand – primarily a genealogical excursion – and have been too busy, and too far from a wifi connection, to  post.  I have met…

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