Reminiscences of early days at Brookside, Canterbury, 1863-1939

The memoirs of Thomas Watson, written for his family, in 1939 and 1940, of his early life. Thomas Watson’ parents and family moved to the Canterbury area, Brookside (known as South Selwyn in the 1860s), to farm, in 1864.

Thomas relates anecdotes from home, school and farming life, and records his personal views on diverse events including the impact of refrigeration, the 1890s depression, changes in the landscape, and schooling.

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