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This resource was created by Selwyn Libraries to record and preserve the heritage of the Selwyn District of New Zealand.
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Please note that Selwyn Kete will be closed down on September 30 2021.  In the months before this time, the content will be moved to a new Selwyn Libraries Heritage site.  The new site will be available before the kete site is closed down.  We will post further details here as they become available.

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Greenpark Bibliography 

History of Greenpark 

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Canterbury Provincial District)


Greenpark. Includes general description, information about the Creamery and Manager, H. Mangles. Also information about farmers, Thomas Robertson Barnett, Richard Dulieu, Frederick Hubbard, James Kimber, John McDonald, John Avis Pannett, Thomas Quayle, as well as Old Colonists, Stephen Kimber and Paul McColl.

 Ellesmere: The Jewel in the Canterbury Crown, George Singleton, 2007.

Chapter 42 Greenpark



Francis Eggleston: born 1923, [oral history recorded by

Welcome to Lincoln and Districts Historical Society Kete of local history, stories and images.


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The Springston Library by M.E. Cottom, nee Mounce

There is an empty section of land beside the Dairy, which in the 1920's used to house the Springston Public Library.

It was a small two-roomed place, and must have been built about 1900, as when I was a very small girl I can remember it, as we lived opposite.

The first room you went into had a billiard table in with all the balls and cues. The men in the township used to go down at nights to have a game.

In the next room all the shelves of books, and

Mr. Parrett's Bakehouse, by M. E. Cottom, nee Mounce

It was about 1930/31 that Mr. William Parrett arrived in Springston to start building a Bakehouse.

The first one was built of opened kerosene and petrol tins and had a big oven fired by wood and coal. It was very inconvenient to work in. A year or two went by and a new Bakehouse was built with all the modern things like a huge oven that really had two or three ovens together. The top oven could take two large trays holding about 10 dozen cakes or savouries at a time

Springston Dairy

The Springston Dairy was opened in 1916 by a gentleman called Peter Tod. The shop was just a one roomed little wooden building with a small room at the back, which served as his living quarters. He was a very large man by any standard, and when we were small we were quite in awe of him. He used to churn his own ice-cream, and you could get a penny one in those days. He stayed there for 10 years, and the shop was bought by an English immigrant and his wife. They built other rooms on and

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