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Christchurch Governors Bay

Christchurch Governors Bay

Ōhinetahi (Governors Bay) means The Place of One Daughter - named for the only daughter of  Manuhiri a son of Te Rakiwhakaputa of Ngāi Tahu. It is from this area that the whole of the harbour derives its name; Whakaraupo means Harbour of the Raupō Reed, and at the head of the harbour at Ōhinetahi there was once a swamp filled with a thick and high growth of raupō (flax).

Before the “first four ships” arrived in Lyttelton in December 1850 there were European settlers at the head of Governors Bay (now Teddington). Broader settlement began in the Governors Bay-Allandale area in about 1851. It is understood that Governors Bay owes its name to Governor, Sir George Grey. He was at Lyttelton to welcome the colonists on their arrival on the 16th December 1850, and the fact that his vessel was lying at anchor near the Bay suggests the origin of the name. According to early settlers the Bay was a very beautiful place, with its hills and gullies clothed with luxuriant native bush and giant tree ferns. As early as 1856 a bridle track was made as far as Dyer's Pass, and later a road was constructed as far as Gebbie's Flat. Most of this work was done by prison labour, and many contracts were paid for in land.




Below you will find the message written on the back of the postcard. In the event we have duplicates of the same postcard, multiple messages may be found below.

Addressed To:
Mrs A Toothill
44 Glasgow Terrace Fielding
Dear Nanna Just a short note before we take the plane, not a very nice day but perhaps we will get better at Milford, had a lovely day yesterday, and went to Akaroa past this bay, the weather was wonderful. Hope all is going well and the kids are good . Love from us both.
17 Nov 60?
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Governors Bay
New Zealand
Gladys Goodall
Gladys Goodall
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