The following article appeared in the school’s Quadrangle Magazine on 7th December 2017:
A 2007 Limited Edition publication – Godley Gifts – brings together these two collegian founder names, spectacularly. It consists of one hundred copies only, each comprising three smallish volumes, hand-finished to the highest standards of craftsmanship. The star performer in this trio is the middle book of the set, an exact replica of New Zealand’s first illustrated children’s book about a boat called Seadrift.
The writing and illustrating of Seadrift took seven years to complete and it was only finally ready to be sent to the boy for whom it was written, in time for his Christmas box of 1858. The boy recipient of Seadrift was Arthur Godley. The recipient of the watercolours (the third volume of Godley Gifts) was his father, John Robert, and the author-cum-watercolourist of both Seadrift and the watercolour collection was James Edward FitzGerald.
To read the complete article, as published in Quadrangle, contact:
Christ’s College Old Boys Association
Lizzie Dyer, Secretary
Phone: +64-3-379 6738
Fax: +64-3-379 6717