Godley Gifts


  • Dorothee Jansen-Rawstron and Haydn Rawstron, on behalf of the trustees of the JRGMT, presented copy no 66  of 'Godley Gifts' to Dame Helen Ghosh, Master of Balliol College, Oxford, for the 'distinguished Alumni' section of the Balliol College Library.

  • Presentation of Godley Gifts to Her Majesty The Queen by Lord Kilbracken.

  • Presentation of Godley Gifts to Christ Church, Oxford, England, after which Christchurch, New Zealand is named.

  • Launch of the contents of Godley Gifts online. Lord Kilbracken's Letter to the Editor, The Press

  • The Rt. Hon. Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand presents in person a set of Godley Gifts to the 'Alexander Turnbull Library' within the National Library of New Zealand.



  • Godley Gifts wins three gold medals at the New Zealand national book awards, Pride in Print 2008.


D McPhail

David McPhail

Had Christchurch become New Zealand's capital in 1856, when it became New Zealand's first city, New Zealanders might today likely have adopted Canterbury's and Christchurch's founder, John Robert Godley, as its George Washington or Thomas Jefferson since Godley, perhaps alone among New Zealand's early founders possessed comparable stature. Britain's great 19th century Prime Minister, William Gladstone, went further, describing Godley as a 'king among men', thus likening him to Agamemnon.

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