Topic: Halswell - Christchurch Suburb

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The Christchurch suburb of Halswell lies at the foot of the Port Hills in the south-west of the city.

The Christchurch suburb of Halswell lies at the foot of the Port Hills in the south-west of the city.  Following the abolition of Provincial Government in it became part of Selwyn County in 1887 and subsequently Paparua County until in 1989 it was amalgamated into Christchurch City.

The area is named after Edmund Storr Halswell, Q.C. (1790-1874) who was for a short time a government officer in New Zealand  and also a member of the management committee of the Canterbury Association.  He arrived in New Zealand in 1841.

Currently the area is experiencing significant growth and in 2009 the Christchurch City Council adopted the South-West Christchurch Area Plan to guide development in the greater Halswell area.  Halswell is an active community with many clubs, sports groups and other organisations.   Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre incorporating a new library, pool and community centre will open in November 2015.

Related resources:

Publications on Halswell in the Christchurch City Libraries collection.

Images of Halswell in the Christchurch City Libraries collection.

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand, v. 3, 1903: Canterbury Provincial District  has informaiton on the European settlement of Halswell.

Halswell Community website

Halswell/Wigram Community Profilecompiled by the Christchurch City Council from Data from 2013 Census, Statistics NZ

South-West Christchurch Area Plan. Christchurch City Council, 2009  which sets out the goals and future planning for the area and    

South-West Christchurch Area Plan: Phase 1 Report - European Heritage.  Christchurch City Council, March 2008.  This report contains a great deal of historical informaiton, images and maps





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