Geraldine, New Zealand
Talbot St (New Zealand State Highway 79) in Geraldine
|Territorial authority||Timaru District|
|Time zone||New Zealand Standard Time (UTC+12)|
|• Summer (DST)||New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+13)|
|Local iwi||Ngāi Tahu|
The Geraldine area was settled by Europeans in the 1840s and it was in 1854 that Samuel Hewlings built the first bark hut in Talbot Street. He married a Māori woman, Nga Hei, and the totara tree that he planted to mark the birth of their daughter still stands. Sheep runs were quickly established in the area together with pit saw milling of the native bush. When the bush had been cleared, wheat crops were grown across the plains.
Originally called Talbot Forest, Geraldine was renamed FitzGerald in 1857 after the first superintendent of Canterbury, the Irishman James Edward FitzGerald. The name was finally changed to Geraldine, which was the FitzGeralds' family name in Ireland.
Geraldine became a Town Board in 1884 and a Borough in 1905. It was incorporated in the Ashburton electorate in 1908, when its hotels were closed. It remained "dry" until 1950, when the Geraldine Licensing Trust Hotel opened.
Peel Forest is a podocarp forest with abundant birdlife.
Geraldine has two schools.
Entertainment and media
Movies are shown at the Geraldine Cinema (est. 1924), located on Talbot St. Geraldine's first radio station, Z100FM, operated in 1999-2000. This changed to Four Peaks FM in 2001. Just Country FM currently broadcasts from the town.
- John Badcock, artist
- Jordan Luck, musician
- Hayden Paddon, rally driver
- Annabel Ritchie, rower
- Gus Spillane, former All Black
- Peter Williams, broadcaster
- Years 1-6
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- "Radio Heritage Foundation". Radio Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
- "Hayden". New Zealand World Rally Team. Archived from the original on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
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