STEVENTON HOMESTEAD AND LADY BARKER: HISTORY BUS TOUR
The historic Steventon Homestead is in the process of reopening in early 2017 after earthquake repairs and so this is a very timely visit. The current name reflects the childhood home of Jane Austen in Steventon Vicarage, 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 will take a picnic lunch. Enrolment is limited to a 40-seater bus and the bus tour is being run in conjunction with the Canterbury History Foundation. Early enrolment is recommended.