Topic: Elsie Locke Park, Christchurch

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The park in Oxford Terrace was decommissioned and subsumed into the new Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

Elsie Locke (1912-2001) moved to Christchurch with her husband Jack (John Gibson Locke) during World War II and lived in the same cottage in the Avon Loop for over 40 years.

Elsie wrote extensively for children, about New Zealand history and about the peace movement. She was a lifelong political activist, peace campaigner and feminist. She was active at community level in the Avon Loop, as well as campaigning to retain and improve Christchurch’s Centennial Pool adjacent to the neighbouring park.

The park was named after her in 1997,  in recognition of her as a peace activist and her voluntary work for the wellbeing of urban communities and the preservation and enhancement of city heritage.

The park was decommissioned and subsumed into the new Margaret Mahy Family Playground.

 

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Elsie Locke Park, Christchurch


City:Christchurch