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Notes on the Geography of New Zealand: Christchurch: Photo 23

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Perhaps the figures represent Edward Gibbon Wakefield and John Robert Godley. Wakefield was the man behind the New Zealand Company, which had already established four other colonies; he drew in Godley to help create a colony under Church of England sponsorship. The colony was named Canterbury for the archbishop, and its chief town was named after Godley's Oxford college. (When did it become one word instead of two? One of Life's Little Mysteries.)

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