Story: South Canterbury places

Roadside Stories: Timaru's heroes

Statues in Timaru commemorate several New Zealand heroes with local connections. Bob Fitzsimmons was a world champion boxer; athletics star Jack Lovelock won Olympic gold and broke the world record for the 1500 metres. Racehorse Phar Lap had a glittering career, mostly in Australia, while inventor Richard Pearse developed an early aeroplane.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Timaru and its heroes. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

Using this item

YouTube: Manatu Taonga's channel

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number T4183).

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'South Canterbury places - Timaru', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2021)

Story by John Wilson, updated 17 Aug 2015