john mckenzie

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  • 6 Oct 18396 Aug 1901

McKenzie's early memory of evicted crofters shaped his whole life's philosophy and his land-reform work in the Liberal government of the 1890s.

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Events In History

  • 19 April 1893
    State buys Cheviot Estate

    In the 1890s the Liberal government, and especially Minister of Lands John McKenzie, was determined to ‘burst up’ large landholdings for settlement by prospective small farmers, who were among its key supporters. The first property purchased under this policy was the 34,300-ha Cheviot Estate in North Canterbury. Read more...

  • Main image: John McKenzie

    Portrait of John McKenzie, circa 1889