Road boards, borough councils, county councils and district councils have amalgamated with Christchurch City Council over the years. The Council Archive holds records created by a number of these superseded entities.

records of former local authoritiesChristchurch City Council was established in 1862. Road boards, borough councils, county councils and district councils, existed in the Greater Christchurch area. Many amalgamated with the city in 1903 and others in 1989. Banks Peninsula became part of Christchurch city in 2005.

Some local authorities were the Avon Road Board (later Waimairi County Council), Heathcote Road Board (later Heathcote County Council) and Riccarton Road Board (later Riccarton Borough Council). There were borough councils at New Brighton (amalgamated with Christchurch city in 1941), St Albans, Linwood and Sydenham (amalgamated in 1903), Spreydon and Woolston (amalgamated in 1921).

Waimairi District Council, Paparua County Council, Riccarton Borough Council, Heathcote County Council, Christchurch Drainage Board and Christchurch Transport Board amalgamated with Christchurch City Council in November 1989; Banks Peninsula District Council in 2005.

Due to this process of amalgamation and re-structuring Christchurch City Council Archives holds records created by a number of these superseded local authorities. These include:


Christchurch Drainage Board


Christchurch Tramway Board


Municipal Electricity Department (MED) Southpower

Please note: Some Borough Council material continues to be held by other organisations (e.g. Akaroa Museum and the Sumner-Redcliffs Historical Society). We may refer you on to these organisations if we do not hold the resources you need.