Jane Free was 1 year old when she arrived in New Zealand. John and Mary Free migrated with seven children. At first they settled on the north side of the Avon between Barbadoes and Madras streets. He had a flagstaff on his section, and Mrs Free used to pull up a flag at noon and five o’clock. Free’s flag was known all over Christchurch − it was visible in the days before the trees grew. John sold that land and the family moved to Cust, where he bought 700 acres, but the flagstaff remained. John died in a work accident in 1866.
Jane Free (1849-1918) married Thomas Bell Howson (1839-1920), who came from Cumberland in 1867. She died at Sedgemere in 1918. He died two years later.