15th May 2023

University of Canterbury, Christchurch NZ

The fleece symbolises the pastoral, the plough the agricultural of the region. The bishops’s pall and the cross represent Canterbury’s ecclesiastical connections. The open book denoted scholarship.

Founded in 1873 as Canterbury College, with the main campus in the suburb of Ilam. The name was changed in 1933 to Canterbury University  College, then in 1957 to University of Canterbury. Women were allowed to be admitted to the college from its inspection. It was part of the University of New Zealand until 1961, then became an independent university in its own right.

The University gradually moved from the centre of Canterbury to Ilam from 1961-1974. The original neo-gothic buildings are now used as the Christchurch Arts Centre. 

The Argus (Melbourne), 16th February 1874 page 5.

Otago Witness, 5th June 1901 page 38.

Press, 11th December 1957 page 9.

Press, 6th February 1960 page 14. The circular theatre of the new school of engineering at the University.

Press, 5th April 1960 page 14.

Press, 12th January 1965 page 12.

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