Subdividing Cheviot Hills - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Cheviot Hills

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Cheviot in the Video tab.

The vast Cheviot Hills farm, with its grand mansion and exotic gardens, was once one of Canterbury’s largest properties. After owner William ‘Ready Money’ Robinson died in 1889, his daughters sold the estate to the government, and it was divided into 54 small farms and the town of Cheviot.

Related web links:
Cheviot district
The Liberals and land policy
Liberals ‘burst up’ Cheviot Estate
Tenures on the Cheviot estate
William Robinson

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-d-00516-01-s1-pm).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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