A letter from the publisher
This book is principally about Lyttelton Harbour, and will take its place in the forefront of previous publications about the early settlement of Banks Peninsula. It is a book for all those with connections to the harbour and those with an interest in the history of the peninsula, Canterbury and New Zealand. At no stage in the creation of this book were production standards or quality compromised. Some might say that we have followed our hearts rather than our financial heads with such high publication standards.
Jane Robertson has spent many years assiduously researching this book. I was captivated by her writing style and her recognition of other Peninsula historians. She has captured a sense of time and place within the social history of the area.
She was researching and writing at a time of intense physical upheaval with the Canterbury earthquakes – history in the making. Jane has gathered an outstanding collection of previously unpublished photos and illustrations. This book is a testimony to her skill as a researcher and writer.
Philip King Publisher for
The Governors Bay Heritage Trust
Sponsorship support for
Head of the Harbour
The Governors Bay Heritage Trust is extremely grateful to the following sponsors who have generously supported the publication of this important book.
Without their financial contributions this book could not have been published. They have done so because of their long association with the Head of the Harbour and their desire to see history recorded for existing and future residents.
In recognition of their positive support of this project we list their names and, where appropriate, their families and businesses.
Sir Miles Warren
The Rod Donald Trust
Andrew & Joanne Macgregor
Murray & Lynne Radcliffe
Nola Stechmann (nee Radcliffe)
Tony Ussher & Anne McKay
Graeme & Penny Brady
Simon & Belinda Mortlock
David & Heather Bundy
Richard & Sally Tripp
Murray & Helen Vanstone
Philip King & Sarah Lovell-Smith
Rex & Janet, Nicole & David Gebbie
John and Anna Warren
Alasdair and Bridget Cassels
Michael & Susan Denny
Neil & Jill Pattinson – Whistling Buoy winery
R M (Dick) Brown
Walter (Wally) Radford