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Records & Archives

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An old book

The records system of the Selwyn District Council includes such records as property files, resource consents, cemetery records, liquor licences and archives.

Property files and resource consents can be viewed in the viewing room adjacent to the Records area.

The archives of the Selwyn District Council are a significant collection, comprising records of local government administration from as far back as the mid-1860s, right up to 1989. These records are chiefly in the form of books, files, documents, maps, plans and photographs. Our focus now is to preserve and make accessible this collection as required by the Public Records Act 2005. For researchers and those delving into their family history, it is definitely worth checking out the Council's archives, along with other repositories in the Central Canterbury area.

Our archives are nearly all housed in the Records storage facility at Rolleston and are normally viewable in the Viewing Room adjacent to the Records Department office. If you know what you want to look at, it is best to complete an Archives and Family History request form. Contact us or email us at records.management@selwyn.govt.nz if we can help clarify what you are looking for and how we can help.

To appreciate the scope of our archives, a brief history is available that relates to the evolution of local government within the geographical area that is now Selwyn District.

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