Geraldine Racecourse Reserve Act 1881

Geraldine Racecourse Reserve Act 1881

Local Act1881 No 19
Date of assent23 September 1881

An Act to constitute a Board of Trustees, and to vest in it a certain Public Reserve in the County of Geraldine, in the Provincial District of Canterbury, for the purpose of a Racecourse.

  • Preamble


    The Preamble was repealed, as from 19 November 1907, by section 2 Statutes Repeal Act 1907 (1907 No 40).

BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by the General Assembly of New Zealand in Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Short Title
  • The Short Title of this Act is The Geraldine Racecourse Reserve Act 1881.

2 Board of Trustees
  • On the passing of this Act, the land described in the Schedule hereto shall, without any conveyance, be vested in a Board of Trustees (hereinafter called the Board,) consisting of the following persons: Robert Henry Pearpoint, David McKenzie, John Kennedy, Thomas Wareing Corbett, David Denoon, all of Geraldine; and William De Renzy, of Winchester, all in the County of Geraldine.

3 Board incorporated
  • The Board shall be a corporate body by the name of The Trustees of the Geraldine Racecourse, with perpetual succession and a common seal, and with full power and authority by that name to sue and be sued in all Courts whatsoever, and shall be capable in law for the purposes and subject to this Act to do and suffer all such acts and things as bodies corporate may do and suffer, with power to take and hold all such lands, tenements, or hereditaments as may be in any manner vested in the Board, either as a site for a racecourse, or for any other purpose in connection therewith.

4 Vacancies
  • If any member of the Board shall be directly or indirectly concerned in any contract with the Board, or shall receive or be entitled to receive any money or emolument for any work done or to be done for the Board, or shall be absent from the colony for the space of twelve consecutive calendar months, or shall be adjudicated a bankrupt or insolvent, or take the benefit of or be brought under the operation of any Act relating to bankrupt or insolvent debtors, or shall become a public defaulter, or shall become convicted of felony, his seat in such Board shall become vacant.

5 Resignations
  • It shall be lawful for any member, by writing under his hand addressed to the Governor, to resign his seat upon the Board, and upon the acknowledgment of the receipt by the Governor of such writing the seat of such member shall become vacant.

6 Vacancies filled up by Governor
  • If a vacancy occurs in the Board through death, or through any of the reasons aforesaid, it shall be lawful for the Governor to appoint a fit and proper person to fill the vacancy.

7 Board may set apart portion of land as a site for a racecourse
  • It shall be lawful for the Board to set apart a sufficient portion of the said parcel of land as and for the purposes of a racecourse, and from time to time to vary and alter the portion which may for the time being be so set apart, and to set apart another portion of the said parcel of land as a racecourse in lieu thereof.

8 Board may lease land
  • [Repealed]

    Sections 8 and 9 were repealed, as from 16 September 1889, by section 2 Geraldine Racecourse Reserve Act 1881 Amendment Act 1889 (1889 No 23(L)).

9 Proceeds of land to be expended in improvements
  • [Repealed]

    Sections 8 and 9 were repealed, as from 16 September 1889, by section 2 Geraldine Racecourse Reserve Act 1881 Amendment Act 1889 (1889 No 23(L)).

10 Board to keep accounts
  • The Board shall keep accurate accounts of all sums of money received for rents, issues, and profits on account of the said land, and of all costs, charges, and disbursements in connection with the management and maintenance thereof, and on the thirty-first day of March in every year, or within one week there-after, the Board shall prepare accounts and a balance-sheet, showing the receipts and disbursements of the Board during the previous year, and the actual financial state of the Board on the thirty-first day of March in that year; and such accounts and balance-sheet shall be forwarded to the Governor, who may, if he think fit, order such accounts and balance-sheet to be published in any local paper circulated within the district.

11 Board may make rules
  • It shall be lawful for the Board, and they are hereby authorized and empowered, from time to time to make and alter rules for regulating their own proceedings, for prescribing the conditions on which the public shall be permitted to have access to the said racecourse upon any day when the same shall be used for racing purposes, and for regulating the price for admission on such occasions, for excluding the public from such parts of the said parcel of land as it may be found necessary and desirable to improve or lay down in artificial grasses, for regulating the charges that may be made for the occupation of the said racecourse for the erection of booths or stalls for the sale of refreshments, merchandise, goods, or chattels, and for the admission of horses and vehicles to the said racecourse.


ALL that area in the Provincial District of Canterbury, in the Geraldine Survey District, being Sections Nos 2 and 3 on the plan of the subdivision of Reserve No 389, containing by admeasurement 87 acres 2 roods 35 perches, more or less, and bounded towards the North-west by Section No 1 of said subdivision; towards the North-east, South-east, and South-west by public roads: as the same is delineated on the plan deposited in the District Survey Office, Christchurch.