History in Our Countryside: Terrace Station gardens, Hororata; Glentunnel Museum; and Steventon Homestead
Steventon Homestead, Whitecliffs and the adventures of Lady Barker
The historic Steventon Homestead reopened in early 2017 after earthquake repairs. The current name reflects the childhood home of Jane Austen in Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England, but the homestead's first name was Broomielaw. Overlooking the 'Whitecliffs' of the Selwyn River valley, this colonial house was home to Lady Barker and her husband Frederick Broome for three years in the 1860s. On her return to England, Mary Lady Barker wrote two informative and captivating books about her adventurous life on their colonial sheep farm in Canterbury, New Zealand.
This full day bus trip aims to illustrate some of Lady Barker's anecdotes and explore the homestead and nearby heritage locations. Participants may purchase lunch (approx. $10) and tea/coffee at the Glenkirk Café, Glentunnel, to assist fundraising for church quake repairs, or bring a picnic lunch.