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Reproduction of Edward Jollie's 1850 map of the proposed city. Department of Lands and Survey, Christchurch. Historical Maps

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CH 765 item 32

1851 Letter from W G Brittan, Commissioner of Crown Land, to W Patrick ordering his removal from Hagley Park, where he has been squatting. Outward letterbook, Canterbury Association Land Office

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CH 290, item 5/1 (154)

Canterbury Association Reserves Ordinance. Session V, No. 2. 1855 Canterbury Provincial Council

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The Ordinances of the Province of Canterbury, New Zealand, Session 1 to Session XXI, Christchurch 1864

Undated map showing area of Hagley Park. Department of Lands and Survey, Christchurch.

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

File note documenting early 'encroachments' on Hagley Park and Christchurch Domain. Department of Lands and Survey, Christchurch.

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

Draft by laws circa 1931

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CH 134 file 8/3/35 - Reserves - Hagley Park 1929 - 1933

Legal status

Hagley Park's legal status has itself been the cause of some controversy over the years and it has added fuel to the flames of other disputes. There is not enough virtual space to include in this exhibition all the lengthy documents attempting to clarify the issue, but we have included one effort from the 1920s. A copy of Jollie's original plan of the proposed settlement, including the prominent space that was to become Hagley Park, is also shown, along with a copy of a letter from Commissioner of Crown Lands ordering a squatter to remove himself from the Park as early as 1851. Attempts to control activities within the Park date from the earliest days of the settlement, but we have included a draft of a later attempt to regulate its use in the form of by-laws.

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