Get HSTS headerGet HSTS header CANTERBURY Provincial Council | The Community Archive
Last updated: 2 June 2009

CANTERBURY Provincial Council

What is it?


CANTERBURY Provincial Council



Level of description:




Former NRAM reference number:



Constructed in the 1860ts under the auspices of the Canterbury Provincial Council, the 2.870 yardlong Lyttelton railway tunnel cost £195,000 to complete. Mooted by W.S. Moorhouse after his election as Superintendent of the province in 1857 as part of his policy to improve communications, the tunnel scheme was initially considered so daring as to be unsupportable. The English firm, Smith and Knight, which had undertaken the contract for the tunnel's construction abandoned work after meeting with hard volcanic rock, but after Moorhouse obtained a favourable geological report on the Port Hills from Sir Julius von Haast in 1860, the Superintendent awarded a new contract to the Australian firm Holmes and Richardson. The tunnel was completed without mishap and was opened for traffic on 9 December 1867.

The collection comprises the records of official correspondence of the Provincial Council concerning the tunnel.

Lyttelton railway tunnel records

Dates covered:

1864 - 1874

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Location of original:

Haast, Sir Julius von. 1822-1887; Holmes and

Tell us more

If you have additional information about this Collection please tell us about it by adding comments on the summary tab.

0 comments have been added so far.

Associated with:


Banks Peninsula · Christchurch



We welcome suggestions from the public on these keywords / tags. If you feel some are incorrect or missing please make suggestions here.

Login or register to tag items