A New History of Canterbury

The social history of a New Zealand province from its colonial beginnings to the late twentieth century. Canterbury has been a lively and changeable society. At first defined by many as ‘a very aristocratic province,’ it evolved into a focus for radicalism, socialism and religious millenarianism while at the same time maintaining the traditions of a conservative landed gentry. This book looks at life and death, work and play, home and wilderness, law and leisure – growth, change, and constant themes through several generations of history.


John Kennedy: ‘It is an absorbing work, and is obviously the fruit of remarkably thorough research … There is such a gusto about the whole thing that the reader is caught up and swept along.’

Gordon McLauchlan: ‘flashes of phraseology that catch the eye, succinct and expressive passages.’



John McIndoe, Dunedin 1982

ISBN 0-86868-039-7