The Ashburton District has had a long history of thriving businesses, of which there have been an impressive number and variety. Coachbuilders, factories, agents, retail stores, and many more enterprises, big and small, have played their role in supporting our local economy and communities. Let's take a look back at a selection of photographs of... Continue Reading →
Gallery: Historic houses big and small
Below you will find a selection of images from the Ashburton Museum & Historical Society Inc. collection, which showcase an interesting variety of houses from our District's past. The architectural styles, sizes, and shapes of these homes say something about the people who built them. Their ambitions, their self-perceptions, access to resources, and of course... Continue Reading →
How the Church of Christ moved to Trott’s
Brantwood Chapel is a beautiful historic building situated at Trott’s Garden on Racecourse Road, which can be hired as a wedding and events venue. At first glance, without knowing the history of the building you may assume that it had always been there. After all, it fits in perfectly amid the pristine scenery of the... Continue Reading →
Library and Council under one roof
Te Pātaka o kā Tuhituhi/Te Waharoa a Hine Paaka, Ashburton's new Library and Civic Centre, will unite the Ashburton Public Library and the Ashburton District Council under one roof - an idea that may give some of you a bit of déjà vu.
Strong and Sturdy Homesteads
Dotted around the old estates and stations lay the homesteads (or what is left of them) that housed many farming families throughout the district’s early history.