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Selwyn Times: February 07, 2018

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8 Wednesday February 7 2018 Latest Christchurch news at SELWYN TIMES History of the district: Homebush Due to strong public interest after the Rolleston 150 th celebrations in 2015, Selwyn District councillor Jeff Bland and Wayne Stack, a historian who also works for the district council, recognised that continuing to promote local history would have long-term social and economic benefits within the district. Although both hail from the West Coast, they have previously served as policemen in the Selwyn District and have gained an affinity with its people and heritage. Mr Bland currently holds the arts and heritage portfolio within the district council. One initiative taken by the pair, with support from Selwyn Times, is to provide a series of monthly features focusing on various historic places and people who have stories that add value to the district’s heritage. The first feature relates to early industry in the area. Anyone with suggestions for future features can contact Wayne on 021 119 9107 THE SELWYN District is rich in human history, dating back to the migration of Maori and colonial settlement, through to the present day. With the recent rapid growth within the district resulting in increased urban and industrial development and an influx of permanent residents, many coming from overseas, there is now a greater need to identify and promote features of historic significance before they are lost. Promoting an understanding of our local history and how the district has developed over the years will help strengthen a sense of identity and belonging within communities. The Homebush Brick, Pipe and Terra-Cotta Works, Glentunnel Since the time of colonial settlement the area that the Selwyn District now covers was primarily developed through an Our Great history WITH WAYNE STACK HISTORY: The Homebush Brick, Pipe and Terra-Cotta Works in 1984. PHOTO: GLENTUNNEL MUSEUM agricultural economy. However, there was also opportunity for industry to thrive through investment from prominent local landholders and through the extraction of natural resources within the area. In the late 1900s, the prime example of this was the establishment of the Homebush Brick, Pipe and Terra-Cotta Works at Glentunnel, which played an important role in the overall development of Canterbury and especially Christchurch. Homebush Station, west of Darfield, was established by William and John Deans in 1851. After emigrating from Scotland in 1843, the brothers were some of the earliest European settlers in Canterbury and had originally farmed a large holding at Riccarton on the current site of Riccarton House and Bush. When the Canterbury Association subsequently planned the settlement of Christchurch, the Deans’ brothers exchanged some of their land at Riccarton for the 33,000 acre (13354ha) run in the Malvern Hills. Originally the domestic and out buildings on the property were built using red bricks that were first made from kiln-firing on site and later from the family-owned local brickworks. The Homebush Brick and Tile Works was first established at Glentunnel by John Deans in 1870. There was an abundance of suitable clay in the area and the coal used for manufacturing was sourced from the Homebush Colliery (which Deans also owned) located in the hills on the north side of the Glentunnel Valley. Valentine’s Day FIRST HOME BUYER PRE-APPROVAL KIWISAVER AND HOME GRANT FOR DEPOSIT REFINANCE TOP UP BUILD LOANS Involved in the flower industry for over 27 years. My service is free and I come to you, call me today to discuss your property ownership dreams. Make 2018 the year you take advantage of great interest rates and get on the property ladder. email: cell: 0274 339 752 broadfieldflowers P 325 2621 | 3 Gerald Street, Lincoln Order on line or at our new Lincoln shop Arts Culture & HeritageSELWYN Need funding for your creative project? Creative Communities Selwyn can help! Funding is available to groups or individuals with community-based creative projects that promote arts or culture in Selwyn. Applications for this funding round close at 5pm, Friday 23 February. Visit for more information and to apply.

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday February 7 2018 9 Local News Now Fire rages, homes at risk Brick, Pipe and Terra-Cotta Works This was about 3km from the railway line that went through Glentunnel. The clay and coal was brought from the surrounding hills by railway wagons to the Brick and Tile Works situated in the village, on the north side of the branch line to Whitecliffs. For about 16 years, production at the works was confined to the manufacture of bricks, but in 1886 this was extended to making drain pipes for agricultural and domestic purposes, followed two years later by producing pottery and terra-cotta goods. Apart from providing bricks for the now well-known historic buildings at Homebush and for numerous other stately homesteads in the district, the prosperous business also supplied the growing domestic and industrial building market in Christchurch, where the company had established a distribution depot at 81 South Belt (now known as Moorhouse Ave). In 1903, the brick works was described as “a commodious brick building with an iron roof, and contains three drying sheds, two machine sheds, and engine and boiler house, and a repairing shop. It possesses two kilns CHANGES: Several buildings which still stand today can be seen behind the Homebush Brick, Pipe and Terra-Cotta Works in the early 1900s. PHOTO: GLENTUNNEL MUSEUM capable, respectively, of holding 16,000 and 24, 000 bricks, and new machinery of a modern make is being introduced. With an abundance of buff, red and fire clays of high-quality near at hand, machinery of a most efficient and up-to-date order, good coal supplied by the Homebush Colliery, and railway communications, the Homebush Brick, Pipe and Terra-Cotta Works are in a particularly favourable position to compete successfully with other works in the colony. All the classes of goods manufactured are known for the fine finish and durability, and find a ready sale in the market.” At this time, the factory employed 15 men and had an annual output of about £3,000 – around $530,000 today. The factory remained a long-standing employer and important contributor to the local economy. By 1926 the business had been purchased by McSkimming & Sons Ltd, with production continuing until 1983. The buildings were later taken down and the site is now a residential property. However, clay brick making has remained an important component of the district’s economy for almost 150 years, with Canterbury Clay Bricks, of Darfield, continuing to produce quality bricks which are supplied nationwide. •Anyone interested in knowing more of the history of brick, tile and pottery making within the district should visit the Glentunnel Museum on Phillip St, Glentunnel, where there is an impressive collection of historical photographs and items from the factory on display. The museum is open Sundays, 1-4pm, during the daylight-saving period or by appointment with Tony Airs on 318 2423. Enjoy the Romance At Terrace Downs Resort Valentine’s Day DINNER $ 100pp Valid 14 February A glass of Sparkling Wine, 4 Course Set Menu, Live Music High Country High Tea A Finest Slice of High Country! What better way to spend an afternoon with friends or family than in the tranquil setting of Terrace Downs Resort. Available everyday 11am - 3pm $29 per person or $39 per person with a glass of bubbles Booking essential Minimum 2 people, Gluten free available. Indulge with our special package for Couples Accommodation, 2 course dinner, Breakfast. Available all of February. Make your Sunday extra special with our popular Sunday Buffet Come and enjoy a delicious menu of classic and International flavours, accompanied by live music. Every Sunday 12:30pm Adults $45pp, Kids u12 only $20 $ 490 per couple Phone 03 318 6943 Terrace Downs Resort 623 Coleridge Road, Windwhistle, Canterbury Email: NEW DISCOUNTS ONLINE MORE CHOICE THAN EVER BEFORE!