The house of Edwin Trent (1839-1883) on his chicory farm at Templeton: Picturing Canterbury

The house of Edwin Trent (1839-1883) on his chicory farm at Templeton [ca. 1875]. File Reference CCL PhotoCD 10, IMG0036.
The house of Edwin Trent (1839-1883) on his chicory farm at Templeton [ca. 1875]. Trent was the first person to grow and process chicory in Australasia. He was known for supervising his workers by watching them through a telescope from up in the tower. The house was demolished in 1968. His farm is now the site of Trent’s Estate Vineyard on Trents Road.

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Templeton Hotel “studies the comfort of her guests”: 1902

Templeton Hotel (R. T. Day, proprietor), Templeton. This commodious hotel stands immediately opposite the Templeton railway station. The building is of two stories and the bedrooms are lofty and well furnished. A first-class table is kept, and every attention is paid to visitors. The tariff is exceedingly moderate, and there is ample stable accommodation. Situated on the main south road, nine miles west from Christchurch, in the centre of an agricultural village, the Templeton Hotel is a favourite place of call for travellers and visitors. The road from Christchurch is good, and a pleasant drive, or bicycle ride, through Riccarton, Sockburn, and Hornby, brings the visitor to Templton, whence the return journey may be made, either via Prebbleton and Halswell, or through Yaldhurst and Fendalton. Mr. Day is ably assisted in his duties by Mrs Day, who studies the comfort of her guests.

Templeton and Templeton Hotel, The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District], 1903

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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.