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CHRISTCHURCH Tramway Board

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Title:

CHRISTCHURCH Tramway Board

Creator:

CHRISTCHURCH Tramway Board

Level of description:

Collection

Extent:

22m

Former NRAM reference number:

A335

Description:

The Christchurch Tramway Board was established by statute in 1902, the Bill also providing for a loan of up to £250,000 for electrification of the obsolete horsedrawn system. Tenders for the work were called in 1904 and the contract granted to a Christchurch organized syndicate funded by the formation of the New Zealand Electrical Construction Company.

The Board secured the stock of the Christchurch Tramway Company and on 14 May 1905 when the Company handed over to the Boaxd horsedrawn trams disappeared. On 6 June 1905 the changeover to electric trams was celebrated with free rides and due ceremony.

The service was later extended to New Brighton, St Albans, Riccarton, Lancaster Park, Sumner, Fendalton and Opawa.

During the thirties patronage was affected by the depression and in particular by the increased use of private motorcars and trolley and petrol buses.

Notices of dismissal in 1932 were met by a strike in May of that year in which strikers clashed with 'specials'.

The records comprise Minutes, 1909-1912 and 1914- 1938; Staff Committee Minutes, 1906-1911; reports, 1915-1944; Works and Traffic Committee Minutes, 1911- 1938; traffic returns, 1906-1909; cashbook, 1903-1909; loan account, 1920-1922; Sinking Fund Commission, 1906-1929; ledger books 1906-1925, Depreciation Reserve Fund Minutes, 1909-1929; and newspaper clippings.

Records

Dates covered:

1903 - 1944

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Inventory available

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Places:

Banks Peninsula · Christchurch

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