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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District]


Islington is on the main south line, about seven miles from Christchurch. The Christchurch Meat Company has works at Islington, which has, in consequence of that fact, moved ahead rapidly as a settlement within recent years. It now (1903) has a population of about 300 persons, and there is a steady increase in that respect. Many of the residents are employed directly or indirectly in connection with the meat factory. The Islington works cover several acres of land; they are amongst the largest of their kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and give employment to about two hundred men. About two miles from the works, on the main road between Islington and Templeton, there is the nucleus of a township, with a large State school, a post and telegraph office, and a hotel.