as I mentioned
famous NZ legends where born and raised in Timaru....amongst them: Jack Lovelock, the Goldmedal winner over 1500m at the Berlin Olympic Games 1936.
in the Maori Language Timaru means...Place of Shelter....as it was one of the few havens for sea going canoes.A whaling Station was set up in 1839 at the Bay, called Caroline, after the ship who picked up the whale oil. today Caroline Bay is Timaru's main attraction and draws many visitors..anual Carnival does no harm the City and Country Music competition sparks the whole place up
the Aircraft of Aviation Pioneer Richard Pearse from 1903 can be seen..it is said, he made the first flight before the Brothers Wright even had an Aircraft build....well if I am the judge, I give it to Pearse on second thoughts, Santos Dumont, the brasilian aviator might have a say in that as well^..^
Always take warm gear, woolen sweeter, Gloves and hat in winter. In summer always have a sweeter JUST IN CASE, good pair of walking shoes, as you can walk most places within the hour. and there are a couple of good tramping trips within an hours drive away. Most easy to buy
This is a small beach walk around the coast from Caroline bay.
My friends and I used to go here on the odd weekend to have 'Bonfire Parties'
I'm pretty sure these were illegal back then (drinking in a public place, Open Fires) But this is a nice place just to walk out to. it is called Dashing rocks because the Water washes up against the cliff and crashes (looking like its Dashing up against the rocks then leaving again) Very Spectacular and something just a little different. There are also rock pools, that you can look at starfish, crabs and other little creatures, Depending on the Tide. Good for keeping small minds occupied on wintery afternoons (those clear sunny winter afternoons) Keep an eye on your kids especailly around the cliffs, that are easy to climb, but because of erosion there isnt always a top to the cliff face.
I shall try and put some photos up in the next couple of months!
Phar Lap Memorial for the greatest Race Horse
You will not just drive past this memorial even if you visit Timaru. I did not even seen the sign that leads to it for several years – if the sign has always been there… ;-)
It is located 5 km east of SH 1. You have to turn off the highway at the northern end of Timaru into Seadown Rd and follow the (yellow) sign, saying “Phar Lap Memorial”.
You can also turn off SH 1 further north at a big sign to the "Ravensdown Fertilizer" plant.
The memorial that honours the most famous race horse New Zealand and Australia have ever seen, stands at the intersection of two narrow country roads, surrounded by shrubs, at the corner of a property where Phar Lap was born on 4 October 1926. The a little smaller than life-sized statue is made of white Oamaru stone, and was unveiled on 30 October 1988.
BTW Timaru's racecourse near the turn off on SH 1 is named after Phar Lap, and in November 2009 they have unveiled a life size Phar Lap sculpture on the grounds of the racecourse.
Let’s make one thing clear from the start: Although Australia hails Phar Lap as its wonder horse of all times, and they celebrate him as a national icon, this chestnut coloured gelding is a New Zealander. But like so many New Zealanders nowadays who want to pay less taxes and earn more he went to Australia – however not on his own accord, of course ;-)
At least the Aussies admit this fact, and when Phar Lap died after a mystery illness – or after being poisoned by arsenic, as Australian researches claimed in 2006 - on 5 April 1932 in California, his remains were shared between the two countries:
The heart went to the National Institute of Anatomy in Canberra (now the National Museum). The skeleton went to the Dominion Museum (now Te Papa in Wellington). The hide, now mounted, went to the National Museum of Victoria in Melbourne, where Phar Lap won many of his richest races. In total Phar Lap won 37 of his 51 races, got three second and two third places – and won 36 of his last 41 starts. He became the Aussie’s hero during the Great Depression when they needed it most. The National Museum of Victoria has dedicated many pages on its website to Phar Lap. This reflects how big a hero he was and in their hearts still is.
Anyway. Phar lap was foaled in Timaru on 4 October 1926. A Sydney trainer named Harry Telford who passionately studied thoroughbred bloodlines, and so discovered the horse that was going for sale in New Zealand. He was sure the horse was a future champion. But as he was broke he talked an American businessman living in Sydney – David J. Davis - into buying the horse. Harry Telford’s brother Hugh who lived in New Zealand, won the bid for the horse at the Trentham Sales in 1927. It sold at 160 guineas. Nobody had seen Phar Lap until then – and when the new owner saw the big, gangly animal, the face covered in warts, he did not want anything to do with it. But again Telford could strike a deal with Davis: He agreed to cover the costs of training and would in return keep two thirds of the winnings…
After having dominated the local racing scene and won every national race, some even twice, and being the third highest stake-winner in the world, Phar Lap was set to conquer the USA. The trip included a six week break in Auckland, his home country. By then he was called The Red Terror and Big Red. Then the gelding won North America’s richest race, the Agua Caliente Handicap, near Tijuana in Mexico. Two weeks later he was dead.
Links to museums' websites and Wikipedia article:
Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden, Timaru's Pride
This is Timaru’s biggest pride, located at the foot of the Timaru Piazza, just a stonethrow from the shores of Caroline Bay. From the Piazza on Bay Hill you have a great aerial view of the garden which has been architecturally designed by Sir Miles Warren, and has strictly geometrical shapes. It features nearly 1200 roses, arbors, a lych gate, gazebo, a central pergola, a pool, and a fountain. You find a representative plant from every main rose family in the world. The old Roses are planted in a sequence of colours: soft, mid and deep pink, burgundy, crimson, cream, white, peach, apricot, yellow, golden yellow.
The name-sake Trevor Griffiths was a renowned South Canterbury rosarian and author whose collection of genuine old roses once was the third largest in the world. It comprised about 600 roses. Another 600 modern roses from English breeder David Austin were added to the garden which was opened on 10 December 2001.
Trevor Griffiths, born in 1928, was already fascinated by roses as a young boy. From the age of eight years when his mother took him to a florist shop he spent more than 50 years creating his fantastic collection of old roses in his nursery near the neighbouring township of Temuka. He wrote several books about roses. The National Rose Society of New Zealand says without Trevor Griffiths many old roses would be extinct. David Austin honoured him by naming a dusky pink bloom after him.
Update 2 March 2010
Trevor Griffiths died last week, aged 82. (In our paper they wrote he was 83 - but I wonder how this should be if he was born in 1928.)
Photo 2 gives an unobstructed aerial view of the Rose Garden.