From the Publisher

The Sponsors

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 Jane has gathered an outstanding collection of previously unpublished photos and illustrations.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

Karen Radcliffe

Nola Stechmann (nee Radcliffe)

Paul Ensor

Gavin Bain

Tony Ussher & Anne McKay

Graeme & Penny Brady

David Stemmer

Simon & Belinda Mortlock

David & Heather Bundy

Deborah Rhode

Richard & Sally Tripp

Murray & Helen Vanstone

Philip King & Sarah Lovell-Smith

Rex & Janet, Nicole & David Gebbie

Janet O’Loughlin

Min Sarginson

John and Anna Warren

Alasdair and Bridget Cassels

Michael & Susan Denny

Neil & Jill Pattinson – Whistling Buoy winery

R M (Dick) Brown

Walter (Wally) Radford

Anonymous sponsors