William Brassington was one of Canterbury's most notable early stonemasons. He worked on the Canterbury provincial council chamber, built mainly from stone during the 1860s. Brassington was born in Nottingham, England, between 1837 and 1841, and landed at Lyttelton in 1863. A talented headstone carver, he was commissioned to complete the decorative stonework which is most ornate in the building’s interior. The stone chamber collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake.
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