Topic: Lincoln and Districts Historical Society

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Welcome to the Lincoln and Districts Historical Society kete of local history, stories and images. We hope you enjoy browsing the images from our photography collections, reading our stories of local characters and places, and using our information in your own research projects.

Lincoln and Districts Historical Society members work to promote interest in and encourage the recording of local history for Lincoln and surrounding districts, including Greenpark, Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Broadfield and Springston in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Society members maintain two historic buildings in Lincoln.
Liffey Cottage is furnished as a late 19th century cottage and Pioneer Hall includes displays of historic photos.Both buildings are open from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm on the first Sunday of each month, except New Year's Day. Visitors are most welcome.

Members also publish a research newletter, organise local field trips, and are happy to assist with family and local history inquiries.

Together with the Selwyn District Council, the Society publishes the Lincoln Historical Walk brochure.

Lincoln and Districts Historical Society Inc. was formed on 30 May 1991 with the merger of the Pioneer and Early Settlers Association, and the Liffey Cottage Action Committee.

Our Patrons We are honoured to have as our Patron,  Mr. Vernon Clark.

Our first distinguished Patron was Mrs Norma Habgood. 

Dr. Neville Moar was our second distinguished Patron and also our founding President in 1991.

Our Projects

Collection of historic photographs

We are making these accessible on Kete Selwyn and would welcome further information on any of the images. Our collections cover Agriculture, Buildings, Business, People, and Events, such as the Lincoln Christmas Pageant and Parade.

Local History Documents Collection

2013 Lincoln 150th Celebrations

2017 Liffey Cottage 40th anniversary of the move from Market Square, to James Street, Lincoln.

2018 Launch of  'Fitzgerald's Town: Lincoln in the 19th Century', by Neville Moar, an online version with additional photos and resources.

A joint project between the Lincoln and Districts Historical Society and the Lincoln University Museum and Documentary Heritage Committee, in conjunction with the Moar Family. View and download the book at

2019 Liffey Cottage and Pioneer Hall are recognised as Learning Destinations for Children's University Australasia programme!

2019 18 August AGM and guest speaker, Dr. Christine Whybrew, Heritage NZ on 'How to research your house: Lincoln

Lincoln Event Centre 2-4pm  All welcome, Gold coin donation appreciated.

Christine is a Lincolnresident and is interested in learning the history of our town and surrounds.

She notes: Every property has a story to tell, particularly private houses.The stories of the designer and builder, but especially the first owner and his or her family can tell us much about the context of life in their time. While the stories of places of heritage significance are often treasured and inherited by subsequent generations, the stories of more ordinary buildings are harder to find. Christine will present methods for researching the history of land and buildings, using a local case study.

8 September Visit to Upper Selwyn Huts and a local homestead.

Contact for further details.

We acknowledge the generous support of the Selwyn Community Fund towards our 2019 events.


Support us by becoming a member - we would love you to join us.

Email the Secretary at

For 2019/20 Individual Subscriptions are $25, Family(at one address) Subscriptions $40

Payments to our Westpac account 03-1588-0010115000. 

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