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Subdividing Cheviot Hills - Roadside Stories

Subdividing Cheviot Hills - Roadside Stories



A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the break-up of the Cheviot Hills pastoral estate. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The vast Cheviot Hills farm, with its grand mansion and exotic gardens, was once one of Canterbury's largest properties. After owner William 'Ready Money' Robinson died in 1889, his daughters sold the estate to the government, and it was divided into 54 small farms and the town of Cheviot.

Cheviot district,

The Liberals and land policy,

Liberals 'burst up' Cheviot Estate,

Tenures on the Cheviot estate,

William Robinson,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-d-00516-01-s1-pm).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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