In the name of God, Amen. We the Church Property Trustees duly appointed, nominated, and elected under and by virtue of an Ordinance passed by the Superintendent and Provincial Council of the Province of Canterbury, Session 2, No 3, entituled
“the Church Property Trust Ordinance”, being desirous of promoting ecclesiastical and educational institutions within the said Province of Canterbury, by virtue and in exercise of the powers vested in us as such Trustees, and of every power and authority enabling us in that behalf, do by this present deed, sealed with our corporate seal, testify and declare that the several lands, tenements, and hereditaments specified and set forth in Schedule 1 hereunder, within, or hereunto annexed, with their respective appurtenances are, and henceforth shall be held by us and our successors and assigns upon, and for the several uses, trusts, intents, and purposes following, and upon or for no other use, trust, intent, or purpose whatsoever, that is to say upon trust for the foundation, endowment, and maintenance of a college, to be henceforth established within the said Province of Canterbury, by the name and style of
“Christ's College, Canterbury”: And we do accordingly hereby found the said College to the honour and glory of the Eternal and ever Blessed Trinity, for the propagation of the most holy Christian religion, as it is now professed and taught by the United Church of England and Ireland, and for the promotion of sound piety and useful learning more especially within the said Province of Canterbury: And we do hereby declare that the said College shall be constituted as follows, that is to say: There shall be a Warden, SubWarden, and Fellows not fewer than 6, nor exceeding 25 in number; subject, however, to increase in the manner provided for by the statute in that behalf in the Second Schedule hereunto annexed. The Bishop of the Church of England for the time being of the Diocese in which the said College shall be situate shall be ex-officio; the Warden of the College provided that if at any time such Bishop should refuse to hold the said office of Warden it shall be competent to the Fellows of the College for the time being to elect a person to such office for such period as shall elapse between the refusal of such Bishop to accept the said office of Warden, and the consecration of his successor to Bishopric held at the time of such refusal by the Bishop so refusing and no longer. The governing body of the said College shall consist of a society formed of the Warden, Sub-Warden, and Fellows, of whom the Sub-warden and Fellows shall be nominated by us in the first instance: And we do hereby accordingly nominate, constitute, and appoint The Reverend Henry Jacobs, Master of Arts, to be Sub-Warden, and the following persons to be the Fellows of the said College, that is to say - The Reverend Robert Bateman Paul, Master of Arts, the Reverend Octavius Mathias, Bachelor of Arts, the Reverend William Wellington Willock, Master of Arts, the Reverend James Wilson, Master of Arts, the Reverend George Cotterill, Bachelor of Arts, James Edward Fitz Gerald, Bachelor of Arts, John Bealey, Master of Arts, Charles Robert Blakiston, Henry Barnes Gresson, Bachelor of Arts, and William John Warburton Hamilton. The Metropolitan Bishop of the Church of England for the time being of the Ecclesiastical Province, within which the said College shall be situate, shall be the Visitor thereof: The Sub-Warden and Fellows shall hold office during life, subject nevertheless to the provisions in the statutes in the Second Schedule, for the determination of such Sub-Wardenship or Fellowship respectively: All future Sub-Wardens shall be elected by the Fellows, subject to a veto to be exercised by the Warden, provided nevertheless that if at any time from the omission of the Fellows of the said College for the time being to exercise their right of election or from any other cause the office of Sub-Warden shall remain vacant for a period of 3 calendar months at any one time, then and so often as the same shall happen, the nomination and appointment of a person to fill such vacant office shall thereupon devolve upon the Warden of the said College for the time being, who is hereby empowered in such event to make such appointment by his own sole authority: The said College shall be governed by the statutes set forth in the said Second Schedule hereunto annexed, together with such other statutes as shall from time to time be made in pursuance of the power vested in the said Society under the statutes in that behalf contained in the said Second Schedule: Immediately upon the passing of an Ordinance granting corporate powers to the said Warden, Sub-Warden and Fellows, the said lands, tenements, and hereditaments set forth in the said First Schedule, with their appurtenances, shall be duly conveyed and assured to the said Warden, Sub-Warden, and Fellows and their successors to be held by them and their successors upon trust for the endowment and maintenance of the said College: It shall be lawful for the Warden, Sub-Warden and Fellows for the said College for the time being, to alienate so much of the said lands, tenements, and hereditaments as may be necessary for payment of a sum of $800, with which the same now stand charged and also of such further sum not exceeding $1,000 as may be required for the erection of such buildings, and making such improvements as may be required for the said College; and it shall be lawful also for the said Sub-Warden and Fellows with the approbation in writing of the Warden of the said College for the time being, but not otherwise, and subject to the proviso for re-investment hereinafter contained, from time to time to sell such further portion or portions of the said lands, tenements, and hereditaments as they shall think proper:
Provided, nevertheless, that immediately, or so soon as conveniently may be after every such sale the proceeds thereof shall be re-invested in lands, tenements, and hereditaments within the said Province of the like tenure to be duly conveyed to and held by the Warden, Sub-Warden and Fellows of the said College for the time being upon and for the like uses and trusts as are in these presents declared concerning the lands, tenements, and hereditaments which shall have been so sold as last aforesaid, or as near thereto as circumstances will admit of, and upon or for no other use or trust whatsoever. But save as aforesaid it shall not be lawful for the said Warden, Sub-Warden, and Fellows to alienate, mortgage, charge, or demise the said lands. tenements, or hereditaments, or any other lands, tenements, or hereditaments, to which the said College may become entitled by grant, purchase or otherwise, unless under the authority of an Ordinance or Ordinances of the Provincial Council of the said Province to be made in that behalf, except by way of lease for a term not exceeding 31 years from the time when such lease shall be made, in and by which lease there shall be reserved and made payable during the whole of the tem thereby granted the best yearly rent that can be reasonably procured for the same without any fine or premium:
IN WITNESS WHEREOF we the said Church Property Trustees, have to this deed and also to the 2 Schedules hereunto annexed, affixed our Corporate Seal, this 21st day of May, in the year of our Lord, 1855.
Schedule 1 (lands vested) and Schedule 2 (governing statutes) narrated details as at the time of foundation, and have been omitted.
Clause 1 of the Christ's College Amendment Ordinance 1858 provided that it shall be lawful for the Body Politic and Corporate , and it was empowered, to alter, vary, break, and renew the said seal at their discretion.