The first house on the Canterbury Plains, Riccarton

Circa 1890

The first house on the Canterbury Plains, Riccarton

Circa 1890

In 1843 the Deans brothers built this house using wooden pegs as nails were not available. At first it housed the families of both John Gebbie and Samuel Manson. Primitive as the structure was, the work was sufficiently sound to keep the building standing until some time in the late 1890s when it was taken down, as by then it was considered unsafe.

Area: West / Riccarton

Source: Canterbury times, 16 December 1900, p. 10

Reference ID: CCL-KPCD04-0081

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