Local History

Find Selwyn History in our catalogue.

History and Heritage on the Selwyn Council website: includes books for sale about local history.

Township Trails Selwyn - download the app nowDownload this free app from the Google or App store for self guided trails for Lincoln and Prebbleton townships.

Selwyn Heritage Collection

This is a small reference collection of Selwyn historical books and pamphlets. In many cases we also have borrowing copies of these publications.

We also hold small collections of files and archives which contain personal and organisational records and memorabilia, and a collection of oral history transcriptions.


The following papers are archived at Leeston Library.

Canterbury Times 2002-2009
Central Canterbury News 1985-86, 2001-2006, 2008, 2010-2011
Ellesmere Echo 1996-2009
Malvern News 1999, 2001-2011
The Malvern Record 1966-1969, 1978-1990
The New Record 1957-1965
The Record 1951
Rolleston News 2005-2008
Rolleston Review 1996-2007

The Ellesmere Guardian 1891-1945 is available on Papers Past.

Digital images

Items in our Digital Content Collections have been donated to Selwyn District Libraries for private study use (such as school projects, family and local history research). Any use should acknowledge the sources of the material and the original creator of the item where known. If you wish to use images for commercial purposes or to publish the image, please contact us to discuss the intended use and request a high resolution file.

Selwyn Kete

Created to record and preserve the heritage of the Selwyn District of New Zealand. There are two main collections as well as more than 1500 other images:

  • Soldiers of Selwyn - 329 images and 305 entries commemorating the soldiers from Selwyn who lost their lives during the course of World War I.
  • School Days - 85 images and 23 entries about schools in the area.

Selwyn photos at Christchurch City Libraries.

Find more Selwyn, Canterbury images at Digital NZ.