Story: Canterbury region

Early Canterbury

Early Canterbury

Canterbury is a region of extensive views, as artists soon recognised. This 1851 etching, ‘Part of the great plain, Canterbury settlement’, is from a drawing by future premier William Fox. The vista stretches from the Bridle Path, at the top of the Port Hills, and across the Canterbury Plains, where the Heathcote River winds to the coast. The hills of North Canterbury are in the distance.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Etching by Thomas Allom

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Overview', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 February 2024)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015