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KENNAWAY brothers

Collection | Ref # MICRO Arch KEN | Held by Christchurch City Libraries

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KENNAWAY brothers


KENNAWAY brothers

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15m negative microfilm

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These papers consist of two diaries and shipboard journals, genealogical notes and family trees, and letters between Ernest L. Kennaway and Rex de C. Nan Kivell, 1954-1955, relating to the Kennaway family records. Some family portraits are included.

One journal was kept jointly by the eldest brother, William (1832-1918), and Laurence James Kennaway during their voyage to New Zealand on the 'Canterbury' between 23 June and 21 October 1851.

The brothers took up the 20,000 acre 'Alford' run in mid-Canterbury in 1854 but in 1860 moved to runs in the Burkes Pass area and returned to England about 1874. The second journal was kept by Walter Kennaway on his voyage from Plymouth to Lyttelton in the 'Tasmania', 4 November 1852 - 15 March 1853.

Walter Kennaway entered provincial politics in 1867 and in 1874 became Secretary for Public Works but later in the same year he accepted the post of secretary to the Agent-General in London which he occupied for the next thirty-one years. In 1909 he was knighted and retired the same year. He died on 24 August 1920 aged 85.

Laurence Kennaway (1834-1904) wrote 'Crusts; a settler's fare due south', published in 1874, and in 1973 an edited version of his journal jointly written with William was published as 'Biscuit and butter; a colonist's shipboard fare'.

Personal papers

Dates covered:

1851 - 1853

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Format if not original:

Negative microfilm

Location of original:

Nan Kivell collection, National Library of Australia, Canberra

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Banks Peninsula · Christchurch · Canterbury Region



'Canterbury' (Ship) · Tasmania (Ship)

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