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which may appear to be

which may appear to be beyond the scope of this account. Samuel Dening Glyde provides an example. He was the first clerk and surveyor to both the Springs and Lincoln Road Boards, active in promoting ploughing competitions in the wider district, a member of the Lincoln Fair Company based in the village, and played a leading role in establishing the Broadfield school among other things. The story of the Southbridge railway line is another example of the need to go beyond the town belts to appreciate that Lincoln history is intimately connected to people whose living and interests were not restricted to the village. It was, in any case, an exciting period. Road Boards faced the challenge of building roads and bridges and draining swamps in order to open up the region to settlement. Schools and churches were built, the Southbridge railway line was opened, provincial government was abolished, and in the last decade of the century women were given the right to vote and the district, like the rest of New Zealand, was caught up in the trauma of the Boer War. An aspect of village history that has not received much attention relates to the sale of sections following subdivision: who bought them, what price was paid for them, and what their subsequent history was. These questions were tackled by searching records held by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and in the process details relevant to the general pattern of business activity during the 19 th century were uncovered. Publications such as The Southern Provinces Almanac and Wise’s Post Office Directory, available for reference at the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre, Christchurch City Libraries, were also helpful in this regard. Because there are various accounts discussing the history of the primary and secondary schools, the churches, and the university there has been no attempt to repeat what they have to say; rather, it is hoped that any information offered adds a new dimension to what is already known of them. There is also a surprising amount of information to be found about different aspects of Lincoln life in apparently unrelated publications and these, together with those noted above, are listed in the attached bibliography. There is also much that was new to me, perhaps because of my late arrival in the district, but also because, to some extent at least, some of what is recorded here has been lost to the collective memory. It is this information especially, which I hope provides a better appreciation of the men and women who lived through the beginnings of what is now a thriving township and which was described in such glowing terms in those early advertisements announcing that sales of sections in the new sub-division were about to begin. 2

In this context I acknowledge the help given by staff at LINZ, the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre at Christchurch City Libraries, Canterbury Museum, Archives New Zealand, Selwyn District Council, the Cotter Medical Museum, the Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Methodist archivists, members of the Lincoln and Districts Historical Society, especially Margaret Morrish, the City of Norwood Payneham and St. Peters, South Australia, the local historians at Rockingham, Western Australia, and all those who in their search for their roots discovered facts which they willingly shared. I thank Alison Barwick for her care in editing the manuscript, my daughter Joanne for her comments and suggestions, Wayne Kay for his skill in drawing the maps presented in this work and Maria for her continued patience and support. Nevertheless, any errors or omissions are my responsibility. Neville Moar 3

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