Descendants of Jessie Roberta Hodges (nee Shanks) will recall that Jessie was born at Mount Peel Station on 14 September 1896. Mount Peel is located 30kms north of the inland South Canterbury town of Geraldine.
Below is a recent photo taken at Scotsburn Road, near Peel Forest. The photo looks north towards the summit of Mount Peel. Overlaid on the image is a photo taken during the 1890s, understood to be of Robert Johnston Morrow Shanks, Jessie’s father.
Note the ridge-lines in both photos appear to be identical. This suggests the photo of Robert was taken at or near the same location, at the northwestern end of Scotsburn Road.
Other photos of Mount Peel Station and nearby Peel Forest, taken in September 2016, are reproduced below. These help to show the character of the environment where Jessie Hodges spent the first few days of her life and where her birth parents, Robert Shanks and Jessie Whetton, lived and worked.
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