290 Riverlaw Terrace, Opawa, Christchurch

  • Original image submitted at time of registration.
    Copyright: NZHPT Field Record Form Collection. Taken By: C Cochran. Date: 9/06/1984.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 3730 Date Entered 6th September 1984


City/District Council

Christchurch City


Canterbury Region

Legal description

Lot 1 DP 28141


This two-storey villa situated near the Heathcote River in Christchurch is associated with Aaron Ayers. Ayers arrived in New Zealand in 1860 and worked as a barber/tobacconist for twenty years. He then became a senior partner in the auctioneering firm of Ayers, Beauchamp & Co. Ayers was on the Christchurch City Council in 1878 and was the Mayor of Christchurch from 1886-7 . His house 'Springbank' was later owned by the Trist family, which owned Trist & Small Saddlerly Company. The house is built from matai with a slate roof and is locally significant as an early villa and because of its association with a former Mayor of Christchurch.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1860 -

Completion Date

15th August 2001

Report Written By

Melanie Lovell-Smith

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.