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The Early Canterbury Runs: Containing the First, Second and Third (new) Series

Fooks's Run — (Run 131)

Fooks's Run
(Run 131)

There was another run of five thousand acres which lay between Kerr's Run and the Papanui Road. It was taken up by C. E. Fooks, the architect who built the old Avonside Church. Being so near Christchurch the sound land on it was bought up by speculators and settlers almost at once. Fooks bought several hundred acres of it himself and as late as 1863 had six hundred acres of the leasehold left. This leasehold was in such an impracticable swamp that the freeholders were afraid to tackle it.

I do not think Fooks's run was ever worked as a regular station, but simply as a place to turn out stock temporarily.

I have given an account of Fooks in my note on Lochinvar.