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From the Executive Principal

Staff Garth Wynne

Garth Wynne
Executive Principal

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What an incredible legacy Sir Miles Warren has left Christ’s College!

The entire College community is in mourning as we remember this significant Old Boy, who not only carved an architectural career of excellence throughout New Zealand, but whose tangible contributions to College are evident everywhere on site.

Sir Miles, whose funeral service will take place in the Chapel on Thursday, was one of New Zealand’s most well-known architects and a very proud Old Boy who never lost touch with his educational foundations.

Frederick Miles Warren (5162) joined Christ’s College as a Somes Scholar in 1942, and was in Julius House from 1942-1945. He followed his older brother Derek Hay Warren, 1941-1944. Our records show Miles weighing 5 stone 9 lbs and winning the boxing flyweight final in 1942. He once described himself as “a singularly unathletic boy” whose greatest sporting achievement was to be the captain of an under-14 cricket team.

“It was the lowest possible cricket class in the school. Our great aim was to be bowled out as quickly as possible so that we could go to sleep under the trees,” he once said.

His academic abilities more than compensated, and he continued to be a Somes Scholar throughout his school days.

According to his biography he was nicknamed “Drainlayer Warren” because in a Chemistry class everyone was asked to name their chosen profession. The courses to be taken for a Bachelor of Architecture were cited as history of architecture, construction, sanitation and hygiene.

At a meeting with Headmaster R J Richards, he was asked what he was planning for a career and when he said an architect, Richards reportedly said “Oh, Warren Minor, we had high hopes for you.”

His biography also states:

“I was the usual mis-fit in a sport dominated school. I was small – only two of us were under 6 stone (40kg) – hopeless at games, and quickly dubbed a nasty little swot which was the lowest of the low. I did not work at school and certainly not by today’s standard. The aim was to come somewhere in the upper half of the class, certainly not top…I had the misfortune in my second year to be upgraded to the Removes, where the boys were two years older. Then to matriculate and be in the 6th Form at 14.”

Clearly the buildings at Christ’s College had an influence on the young student.

“One saw them, but I had no idea who the architects were or what the styles were. Obviously the forms did impact on me,” he said.

On leaving school he worked for one of New Zealand’s foremost architects, Cecil Wood, as his sole draftsman earning 30 shillings a week. The rest is history.

Sir Miles qualified as an architect, worked in London and returned to Christchurch where he set up the Warren and Mahoney practice.

He designed the Chapman Block, the extension to Big School, which now functions as the College library, the gymnasium, the Tothill Science Block, the conversion of the Selwyn building, staff housing, the administration building, the swimming pool, Corfe, Condell’s and the car park complex, as well as the Fine Arts building and the Old Boys’ Theatre.

To see Sir Miles talking about the architecture at College, please enjoy this short NZ On Air documentary from 2011 – Brutal Beauty – The Architecture of Sir Miles Warren.

In 2012, for his pivotal influence in College, Sir Miles was presented with the Christ’s College Leadership Medal acknowledging his boundless enthusiasm, passion and talent. You can read the full article in College Magazine.

His long-term association with College was honoured by our naming our newest building The Miles Warren Building.

His drive, his determination, his fearless outspoken opinions, and his lifelong love for the heritage of College and Christchurch itself were an inspiration throughout his long life.

Wouldn’t it be marvellous if every boy who comes to College could emulate a little of Sir Miles’ leadership!

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Boarding Matters

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Ben Vink
Deputy Principal – Student Care


You will be aware from recent communications from the wider school that College had a school-wide lockdown drill last Wednesday, 10 August. The whole school was audited on their lockdown processes and systems. In the Boarding Houses, we have ensured that the same standard of response occurs outside school hours. This has involved an investigation into our crisis leadership, internal and external communications, and our response on the ground.


While College – through the Centre for Teaching Excellence & Research – is investigating the role and effectiveness of prep, it is timely to remind everyone how prep happens in our Boarding Houses. Following the end of the nationwide lockdown last year, the Boarding community changed its approach to prep. Post-lockdown – and while we were coming down through the levels – we brought the tutors into Houses to keep the ‘bubbles’ closer. The unintended benefits were soon obvious, with the relationships between the boys and their prep tutors flourishing. The prep tutor could really get to know the boys. For staff, not only were the boys completing their prep, they were also benefitting from another positive role model in boarding life.

As a result, each evening in all three Houses, the boys begin their prep after roll call at 7.30pm. They have an outside, non-residential prep tutor, plus one – and sometimes two – House staff on duty. Boys can do prep and also seek help when they need it. Our prep tutors study a variety of academic subjects, so if a boy needs help with a subject that the tutors in their own House do not study, they can visit another tutor in another House.

We follow Ministry of Education guidelines which argue that homework is more productive when the boys have time to unwind, have eaten and have a relaxed but quiet work environment and can decide with the staff how long they need to complete prep to make it manageable. The outcome has been more positive for all involved.

Mystery trip

Our boarders have enjoyed a wonderful mystery trip, ending up in Hanmer Springs for a day of fun in the pools, heaps of laughs at mini-golf, and plenty of tasty food.

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What's for dinner?

View the Dining Hall menu produced by the talented team at Spotless.

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Curriculum News

Staff Nicole Billante

Nicole Billante
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning

Moving forward on College’s bicultural journey

I have just returned from some fruitful days spent with my fellow Assistant and Deputy Principals from around Canterbury. We were immersed for two days in a discussion around culturally sustainable leadership and it was a great opportunity to reflect on the bicultural journey of Christ’s College and in fact my own journey as an educational leader.

I look back with great pride at the progress we have made in those few years. Our journey started with the introduction of compulsory Te Reo Māori in Year 9 back in 2017; this year we have our first full time Te Reo kaiako teaching NCEA Te Reo at Level 2 (and moving into Level 3 next year). We have an updated school haka and a beautiful school waiata, both taonga enabled through the support of tangata whenua. The Christ’s College Diploma will ensure that all students are exposed to Te Ao and Mātaraunga Māori through classroom curriculum and co-curricular experiences. We have an active Kapa Haka group and a Biculturalism Prefect and committee. These are all such significant steps forward on our journey to honouring our bicultural obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

But the challenge, or wero, that I was faced with on a personal level over the last few days was ensuring that we are not complacent with these first steps. We have built the structures; now it is moving to everyday cultural inclusivity. My hope is that every boy who walks through our gates feels seen and heard for who he is – knowing the value that his unique story and whakapapa brings with him – and I am confident that is the hope of my colleagues, as well. There are actions that our teachers and leaders can undertake to make this explicit but sometimes we lack the knowledge and/or self-confidence to do so. These last few days have re-energised me to overcome these and use our professional learning opportunities to keep our journey moving forward.

And this is a wero to our wider community to join us on this waka, celebrating your son’s engagement and helping us to keep the momentum going. I welcome your help, advice, and guidance to ensure that all boys love their own cultures, and they support others in loving theirs, too.

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Health Centre

Nicky Taylor IBW

Nicky Taylor
Health Centre Nurse

Rachel Trengrove IBW

Rachel Trengrove
Health Centre Nurse

Immune system support

We are seeing more boys at the Health Centre with ongoing viral illnesses.

Evidence suggests that the immune system can be significantly impaired for up to – and perhaps even longer than – six months post-Covid-19 infection. If you are concerned about your son’s immunity, taking a multivitamin and probiotic may help to boost it. Seek advice from your local pharmacist. Plenty of fruit and vegetables and a good sleep are also important.

As always, please keep any unwell boy at home, and continue to report Covid-19 cases via

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From the Chaplain

Staff Cameron Pickering 1608 SQ

The Rev'd Canon Cameron Pickering

Much in common at Chapel

Tēnā koutou katoa,
Peace to you all in the name of God.

The reality of consequences from our actions and behaviour has occupied some media space this past week. All of us are reminded that what we do and say can revisit us in the future. None of us is perfect, but in Christ and our expression of the good news in Chapel, there is the encouragement to live better and be better than in the past.

Sir Miles Warren

There are also positive consequences of action and behaviour. This past week, the passing of Old Boy Sir Miles Warren – and his legacy to our cityscape, nation, and College community – is one from which we can delight in the good that may come of one’s life. For a certain number of readers, so too the legacy of Olivia Newton-John, especially the work done for others in cancer care initiatives.

On Thursday at 2pm, we are hosting the funeral service for Sir Miles Warren in the Chapel. Please join us online.

The power of kindness

Each of us carries 100 stories of kindness received, support offered by a helping hand and taken up in our life – be it 13 or 90 years. For the most part, those stories are not retweeted or widely broadcast. We each know the power of those who have helped and guided us, simply sharing empathy and showing compassion. When we reflect with gratitude on what we have received – the positive consequences in our lives of the actions and behaviours of others – we ought to feel encouraged to live out a legacy in our life which similarly uplifts and attends to others.

I do not believe in a star chart where the good we do – or do not do – will be accounted for in a climactic audit of life. I do believe God calls us to own and attend to the reconciliation of injustice and uncaring in our world, beginning with the person we ought to know best, and to choose the good and strive so the consequences of our actions and behaviour are positive.

Yours in Christ,
Rev. Cameron Pickering

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Latest News & Events

Berlin Trio finals

Take note of virtuoso recital by Berlin Trio

The Berlin Trio – featuring masterful College musicians Joshua Hooker and Ryan Gu – has won praise for “phenomenal playing of a very virtuosi work” in “a committed and bravura performance” at the NZCT Chamber Music Finale in the Auckland Town Hall.

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All-in approach to Corfe House mural

A colourful new mural featuring the Corfe House performance at the House Music Festival now adorns the main wall of the Years 9 to 10 common room.

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Celebrating Round Square International Week

There were quizzes and a karaoke contest, international foods to sample and plenty to expand the minds of College boys this week, as the school celebrated Round Square International Week from 1-5 August.

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Sean Jang – architect in the making

Term 2 holidays saw Year 12 Sean Jang at Cambridge University, England on a scholarship for the Immerse Education Programme.

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College duo on point at fencing contest

College students William McNeil and Dan Gourley have achieved outstanding results at the 2022 Australian Youth and Cadet Fencing Championships in Sydney.

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Colourful College art centre stage at Round Square UK show

Stunning artworks by College students Oli Aikawa and Eric Liu will feature at a special UK exhibition held in conjunction with the 2022 Round Square International Conference.

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Isaac Heap gains Biology Silver Award

Year 13 student Isaac Heap has been presented with a New Zealand International Biology Olympiad (NZIBO) Silver Award at Assembly.

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College dances away with top awards

College dancers have rocked the stage at DanceNZmade, picking up the runner-up award in the Years 11–13 section and scoring top marks for their choreography in 'Greased Lightning'.

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Double gold for Oli Aikawa

College Head of Character & Leadership Oli Aikawa certainly lives up to his school title, having been awarded Gold for both the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (DoE) and the Student Volunteer Army Service Award.

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Finding your way to wellbeing

Ways to wellbeing – that’s the theme of our 2022 Year 11 Wellbeing Conference.

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Upcoming Events


Thursday 18 August, 5.30pmCombined Boarding Houses Parents' Function.

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Thursday 18 August, 6.30–9pmREACTION House Plays Festival – night two, Assembly Hall.

Flower's, Somes, Jacobs, School, Richards.
No registration required, everyone's welcome.

Thursday 18 August, 6pmWellington Community Visit combined with CCOBA Young Old Boys (YOBs) Gathering.

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Saturday 20 August, 6–11.40pm

College Hoops Big Night Out at the Commodore Hotel.
Fundraising for tiered retractable seating in the Upper West sports centre. Ticket price includes welcome drink, three-course dinner with wine, guest speaker, fundraising auction, and plenty of dancing. Cash bar available. Semi-formal attire.

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Thursday 1 September, 6pmCCOBA Melbourne Event.

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Saturday 10 September, 8.15–9.30amYear 9 Father & Son Breakfast, Dining Hall – NEW DATE.

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Friday 30 September, 12 noonCCOBA Golf Tournament.

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Wednesday 19 October, 10amCCOBA 65, 66, 75 & 76 Years On Reunion and Gentlemen's Lunch.

Book now – 65 & 66 Years On; 75 & 76 Years On; Gentlemen's Lunch

Thursday 27 October, 10.30–11.30amBoarding Mothers' Morning Tea.

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Monday 31 October, 5pmNelson Community Visit, The Boathouse.

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Tuesday 1 November, 6pmBlenheim Community Visit, Raupo Cafe.

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Monday 7 November, 6pmAshburton Community Visit, Somerset Grocer.

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Tuesday 15 November, 6pmWanaka Community Visit, Bistro Gentil.

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Tuesday 10 January, 6pmLondon Community Visit, The Gherkin.

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Thursday 27 October, 12–2pm

Parents’ Association Pink Lunch

Friday 28 October, 4–5.30pm

Years 12–13 Prize-giving
Friday 28 October, 6pmLeavers’ Chapel Service
Saturday 29 October, 7.30–10.30pmYear 11 Semi-Formal
Thursday 1 December, 4–5.30pmYears 9–11 Prize-giving
Thursday 1 December, 6pmCarols on the Quad
Friday 18 November, 12pmCCOBA Christchurch Long Lunch, The Christchurch Club
Friday 17 – Sunday 19 February 2023CCOBA Reunion Weekend
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Sunday 26 February 2023, 10amCCOBA Joe Studholme Car Rally

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Saturday 4 March 2023CCOBA Yacht Race


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Staff Chris Sellars

Chris Sellars
Careers Advisor

Upcoming careers dates

AugustUniversity Scholarships still open for all universities
18 AugustVictoria University of Wellington, course planning, 8.30am
18 AugustUniversity of Otago, course planning, 8.30am, W102
23 AugustUniversity of Auckland, Novotel, Cathedral Square, 6.30-8.00pm
25 AugustLincoln University, course planning, 8.30am
26 AugustMassey University Open Day, Wellington
27 AugustUniversity of Auckland Open Day
27 AugustAUT (Auckland University of Technology) Open Day
1 SeptemberUC course planning, 8.30am, Miles Warren Building
1 SeptemberVictoria University of Wellington, closing date for Scholarships
5 SeptemberMassey University Information Evening, Rydges Latimer Sq, 5.30pm
7 SeptemberHall applications and CCRF applications to be completed
9 SeptemberUC Open Day
15 SeptemberAccommodation applications due

Christ's College CareerWise – new format

All Years 12–13 boys should subscribe to the College CareerWise site. Regular posts are put up for News and Events. Click here to subscribe. Hopefully, parents are subscribing to this as well.

School subject selection – Term 3

Boys choosing their 2023 subjects this term can check out these best preparation links to aid their decisions regarding university and polytechnic study. Recently, Ara has been added to the list.

University of Canterbury – Best prep
Lincoln University – Best prep
University of Otago – Best prep
University of Victoria of Wellington – Best prep
University of Auckland – Best prep
Massey University – Best prep
University of Waikato – Best prep
Ara – Best prep

UC Arts Careers Evening – 24 August

Students can explore where a degree in humanities, social and political sciences or languages can lead them in their careers.
Time: 5.30–7.30pm. Location: Undercroft 101, Puaka James Hight Building, University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Christchurch

AUT Health Sciences application changes

For 2023, students can apply directly for their chosen major or study pathway within AUT’s Bachelor of Health Sciences.

Exam preparation

Check out the NCEA resources to help attain the best grades and prepare for upcoming internals and externals – resources for NCEA.

University of Auckland – Engineering Information Evenings

View the recent Engineering Information Evenings online.

University of Auckland – Fast-track offers

The University of Auckland now makes fast-track offers to students. To assist you, check out the frequently asked questions at AskAuckland.

Victoria University – new BSc major in Space Science

From 2023, Victoria will offer Space Science as a major in the BSc programme. No extra Mathematics or Physics will be included. The major themes include Astrophysics, Māori Studies, Ethics, Physics, Data Science, Remote Sensing.

Physics – From 2023, Physics courses at Victoria include Novice-entry Physics, Experimental Physics, Calculus-based Physics.

Chemistry – From 2023, Chemistry courses at Victoria include Novice-entry Chemistry, Intermediate Chemistry, Chemistry of Life (includes Biology) (new course), Chemistry of Matter, Energy and Environment (new course).

Ara closing dates

The application closing dates for Ara programmes are detailed below. For other courses, students need to apply as soon as possible.

University of Otago – new degrees

Bachelor of Entrepreneurship
Enterprises that develop new products and services across every sector of the economy require skills of critical evaluation, communication, and fresh ideas. This degree will suit students who have ideas for new ventures, enjoy flexibility, and have a wide range of interests. Learn more about the Bachelor of Entrepreneurship.

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science
There is a global demand for students to be trained to discover and develop new medicines. This degree prepares students for a career in pharmaceutical and related industries and health-related research careers. Learn more about the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science .

School of Landscape Architecture

The School of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University offers a range of specialised programmes. Landscape architecture encompasses urban and rural landscapes, operating at the interface between people and natural systems. Landscape architects create landscapes within urban, rural, residential, or public environments and are involved in the management and conservation of natural and heritage landscapes. A career in landscape architecture may suit those with an interest in the environment, science, culture, art, technology and the wellbeing of people.

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    From the Archives

    Jane Teal

    Rolleston House

    It has always been a puzzle that neither Heritage New Zealand nor the Christchurch City Council is quite sure when Rolleston House was built.

    Heritage New Zealand believes it is in the 1890si and the Christchurch City Council is more specific and date it to about 1893.ii It turns out that both organisations are nearly correct. However, first a little history about the origin of the land.

    This area was originally part of Raven’s Paddock, the land where early football matches were played, and horses tethered. Rev. John Raven, his wife Sarah and family arrived on board the Minerva in February 1853 and purchased various sections in both the city of Christchurch, and in the Woodend area.iii

    Extract from CT6/228iv

    Following Rev. Raven’s death, the trustees of the estate gradually sold off the land. A subsequent Certificate of Title shows that on 23 January 1893, Jessie Helen Bennett, wife of Arthur William Bennett of Christchurch, Gentleman, was “seized of an estate in fee simple” of an area that included portions of Town Sections 365, 367 and 369.v

    Extract from CT154/86

    So now it is clear where the Christchurch City Council obtained their 1893 date. However, it takes a while to build a house, so where to next? The answer was Papers Past and the search for a tender notice for the erection of a house in Antigua Street. The Bennetts had obviously been pre-empting the actual transfer of title and planning for the house was already in hand. There it was, in the Press of 16 January 1893, and with an architectural firm that Heritage New Zealand had already linked to the house.

    I remembered a request that I had received from a University of Canterbury student about this building. I had been unable to help her as it was immediately post-earthquake when access to everything was extremely limited. Had this research ever been completed? Yes, it Would the Bennett house be included? Yes, on pages 19 and 67 was the specific information that I had been searching for. Not only that, but a plan was available, held at the Macmillan Brown Library, at the University of Canterbury.

    AW Bennett Esq – house – No 1
    Ref: 159908. Cabinet 1 Drawer 12 Folder 2
    Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
    Used with permission.

    There is a more detailed description of the interior of the house in the Press of 2 September 1916 at the time the Bennetts placed the house and land up for auction.vii

    Following a search of both electoral rolls and street directories,viii it was established that the Bennetts were resident in Macmillan Avenue on the Cashmere Hills by 1911. Researching the next occupant is complicated by the fact that Antigua Street becomes Rolleston Avenue and 114 Antigua Street becomes 58 Rolleston Avenue. Both the above sources suggested that Judge John Edward Denniston resided in the house following the Bennetts’ departure. Again, electoral rolls and street directories provided the answer. Denniston and his sister, Helen Walker Denniston, and his son, John Geoffrey Denniston, were resident in the house from at least 1913, if not before, until about 1916, but they did not purchase it.ix

    In 1917, the name on the Certificate of Title is Francis Oakley Shacklock, who trained as a marine engineer.x Shacklock was a director, and later General Manager of H E Shacklock Ltd of Dunedin, the maker of coal and electric ranges, most notably the Orion, that graced many kitchens throughout the country.xi

    Just over two years later in 1919, the house was purchased by Canterbury College.xii It became Rolleston House Number 4, a male hostel for the university.xiii In 1939, an empty room was equipped as a billiards room. This proved to be a valuable acquisition, “as those members who would boast about it in later years that their skill at the table was due to an ill-spent youth”.xiv During World War II, houses 3 and 4 were taken over by the RNZAF to accommodate the Electrical and Wireless School and, in 1940, the Army Radio Physics Group.

    The University of Canterbury moved its campus to Ilam and so, in 1975, it was purchased by Christ’s College. Initially, it was converted into a flat, three classrooms and the Clothing Pool, and was used by Harper House in 1981. In 1983, it became College’s fifth dayboy House with three seniors and 18 third formers and became a full House in 1984. The retention of the name not only provided a link with its previous use but also with one of College’s early Fellows, William Rolleston, who was a member of the Board from 1860–1903, and Canterbury’s fourth and last Superintendent from 1868–1876. He was also a Member of Parliament for the electorates for Avon, Geraldine, Halswell, and Riccarton at various times from 1868–1899.

    William Rolleston. Christ’s College Archives, Fellows Collection.

    iii The Woodend land is now part of the Ravenswood subdivision. Raven was a Fellow of Christ’s College 1873–1874. Rolleston Avenue was known as Antigua Street at this time.
    iv Plan from CT rotated 360 degrees to provide perspective.
    v Certificate of Title 154/86. Plan rotated 360 degrees. Jessie Helen Bennett was the daughter of Dr JWS Coward.
    vi Dunham, LG 2013 The Domestic Architecture of Collins and Harman in Canterbury, 1883–1927. MA (Art History) University of Canterbury.
    vii Press 2 September 1916. The address in the advertisement, i.e. 55 Rolleston Avenue, is incorrect.
    ix It is difficult to be more precise than this due to the dates of publication of electoral rolls and street directories. John Geoffrey Denniston was a member of the Christ’s College staff January–July 1912, 1919–1926.
    x Press 25 September 1916 records that the bidding at the auction began at £1400 and progressed in £50 bids until it was passed in at £2100, when it would be offered privately.
    xi Angus, JH 1973. The Iron masters. The First 100 Years of H E Shacklock Ltd. H E Shacklock Ltd. FO Shacklock was a director 1900–1956 and General Manager from 1935. His move to Christchurch may have coincided with the death of his wife, Barbara, in 1913. He ultimately returned to Dunedin.
    xii Canterbury College was, at this time, one of the constitute parts of the University of New Zealand. In 1957, it became a university in its own right.
    xiii Over time, there were seven houses that together made up the hostel that was known as Rolleston House.
    xiv Slatter, G. 1977. The Story of Rolleston House 1919-1974. Pegasus Press.

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