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Memorandum from Commissioner of Crown Lands, Christchurch to Secretary for Lands about proposal to acquire additional Park land for a Nurses' Home, 27 August 1926. Department of Lands and Survey, Christchurch.

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CH 134 file 8/3/35 - Reserves - Hagley Park 1894 - 1928

1920s map of Park area affected by proposed Nurses' Home. Department of Lands and Survey, Christchurch.

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CH 134 file 8/3/35 - Reserves - Hagley Park 1894 - 1928

1944 plan showing Christchurch Public Hospital and more proposed changes. Department of Lands and Survey, Christchurch.

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CH 134 file 8/3/35 - Reserves - Hagley Park 1944 - 1962

Hospital on the Avon

Agitation for a public hospital for the town in the 1850s turned into agitation against the proposed site, when it was revealed that a corner paddock between Riccarton Avenue and the river had been chosen. There was a good deal of loud opposition to the choice in the Provincial Council debates over the matter, but the Christchurch Public Hospital Bill was passed on 20 October 1859 and buildings began to appear over the next decade.

The controversy was renewed in the 1920s when it was proposed to build a nurses' Home in the area used by the Acclimatisation Society called 'the horse paddock'. Parliament was required to pass the Christchurch Hospital Act Amendment Bill in 1928 to settle the issue. The Hospital received its land, the Acclimatisation Society received compensation, and the Domains Board regained some land lost from its control the previous century. In the 1990s the matter became a public issue again with the proposed sale of the Home.

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