From A Far

(Time Ball Station – Lyttleton)


Acrlyic – canvas

125mm x 175mm

Can be viewed and purchased from
Quality Inn Papanui Christchurch

This was another Historical building that I felt I really wanted to paint after the many devastating earthquakes we suffered here in my home town of Christchurch, New Zealand.

A little history about this lovely Historic Lyttelton Time Ball Station: John Peacock a businessman and politician, first came to Lyttleton in 1844. He built the first substantial wharf and was well established by the time large numbers of settlers started arriving six years later in the First Four Ships. Peacock first promoted the erection of a time ball station in Lyttelton as a Member of the House of Representatives, was rejected. He was also a Member of the Canterbury Provincial Council and his suggestion in 1870 for a Lyttelton time ball found support. It was the third time ball in New Zealand, after Wellington (1864) and Dunedin (1868).

The Lyttelton Timeball Station was a heritage-registered Time ball station and prominent local landmark in Lyttelton, New Zealand. The station was significantly damaged by a series of earthquakes and aftershocks in 2010 and 2011, and finally collapsed on the 13 June 2011 after a magnitude 6.4 aftershock.