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Meeting Allan McLean - The start of a legacy in Waimate

- Join us for part two in our blog series taking you on a journey to finding Mrs Phillips, a path that took more than 20 years to put together -How Mrs Emily Phillips came to build her impressive residence Te Kiteroa is a story that begins in the late 1800’s. Somewhere between the high country of Canterbury and Christchurch when wealthy station owner Allan McLean first employed Mrs Emily Phillips as his housekeeper for his Waikakahi estate. This estate was centred not far from Waimate and his ...

October 4, 2019

The Mystery of Mrs Philips

- Join us for our blog series taking you on a journey to finding Mrs Phillips, a path that took more than 20 years to put together -This phrase echoed out to silence for the best part of 20 years. Like a private detective... Sleuthing with a handful of leads, some rather abrupt dead ends, and only fragments of detail about the woman who had commissioned and built one of the grandest homes in the district. How was it possible that for a woman of such incredible wealth there were no photos, no tra...

September 27, 2019

THE HOUSEKEEPER - WHO WAS MRS EMILY PHILLIPS?

How did a daughter of a humble clay pipe maker born into the fringes of Victorian London's slums come to be a lady of incredible wealth, building one of the grandest Edwardian homes in Waimate, South Canterbury? Book a ticket to "The Housekeeper - Who was Mrs Phillips?" and hear more of this incredible story, rags to riches in Edwardian New Zealand!Tickets are limited to this special series of events, running exclusively from late November through December 2019. Experience an intimate after...

September 20, 2019

History of Te Kiteroa

The Te Kiteroa Lodge story begins in the late 1800’s somewhere in the high country of Canterbury when wealthy station owner Allan McLean employed Mrs Emily Phillips as his housekeeper for his Waikakahi estate. Allan McLean was known for being a rather eccentric figure. He came from humble beginnings in the Isle of Coll in Scotland, never married and frequently wore a plum-coloured suit, bow-tie and white socks. A well to do bachelor, he was also known for his philanthropy, his generosity to th...

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