Story: Local and regional government

County boundaries, 1881: South Island (2nd of 2)

Zoom in to read details of this 1881 map showing the boundaries of the 31 South Island counties. When provincial government was abolished in 1876 these counties were created, based on the boundaries of existing roads boards. In later years the number of counties increased and by 1921 there were 52. Most of the increase took place in Canterbury, where eight counties had become 26.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: NZ Map 189

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Mark Derby, 'Local and regional government - Local authorities multiply', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/36098/county-boundaries-1881-south-island (accessed 25 August 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 17 Feb 2015