Story: Government and agriculture

Opening of the first railway

Opening of the first railway

In 1863 the Canterbury Provincial Council built the first railway in New Zealand. This illustration is of the opening, on 1 December 1863, of the line between Christchurch and Ferrymead. In 1867 the line was extended to the port of Lyttelton.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0033-1864-241
Wood engraving by R. S. Kelly

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How to cite this page:

Tony Nightingale, 'Government and agriculture - Land purchase and early farming regulations, 1840–1876', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/18048/opening-of-the-first-railway (accessed 27 June 2019)

Story by Tony Nightingale, published 24 Nov 2008