"THE GRAND OL' LADY ON THE HILL"
A LIVING PIECE OF EDWARDIAN HISTORY
Te Kiteroa Historic Homestead is an iconic Edwardian property built for Mrs Emily Phillips in Waimate, South Canterbury, New Zealand open for self guided tours between October and April.
The story of who Mrs Phillips was, and how she came to build such a grand home has taken over 30 years of research - this wealthy widow started life in the Victorian slums of Mile End, London - voyaged to New Zealand to eventually become Housekeeper to one of the wealthiest men in Australasia, Allan McLean - becoming extremely wealthy and a lady of status and means in her retirement.
Mrs Phillips' fascinating life opens an opportunity to step back in time to imagine what life may have looked like for the grand lady on the hill.
Te Kiteroa is a beautifully cared for Edwardian Homestead, which gives visitors the chance to step into a time capsule reimagining what life may have looked like during Mrs Phillips' retirement years living in luxury.
Mrs Phillips remained a loyal employee of McLean until after his death in 1907 at Holly Lea (also known as McLean’s Mansion) in Christchurch. Bequests were left to his relatives and servants, including Mrs Phillips, who was also given the right to live in Holly Lea for the rest of her life.She was left an annual pension of 3000 pounds by McLean, which allowed her to return to the Waimate district in style. Thanks to McLean’s generosity she too became a lady of money and means, which allowed her in 1913 to leave Holly Lea and build her own home of grandeur - Te Kiteroa Lodge, plus the two detatched cottages for her own Chauffeur and Gardner. Emily Phillips remained at Te Kiteroa until her death in 1921.