Ealing Domain Board

Established: According to the Press, on the 3rd of September 1900, the Ealing domain Board was nominated by the Government to manage Reserve 3112, 10 acres.

Notable history: A social was held in the Ealing goods shed on Friday the 30th of August 1901, proceeds in aid of the Ealing Domain fund.

In 1904 it was proposed by the County Council to plant eight acres of the Ealing Domain.

The Domain was encircled by a thick belt of pine trees, and used for general recreation.

During the First World War, the Ealing Domain was the site of the South Canterbury Territorial encampment from March 1916 onwards.

The Domain was used for the camp, as the trees provided good shelter, and the area around the Domain was used for training grounds.

During the Second World War, when the people of Mid Canterbury feared a coastal invasion by the Japanese, there were large concrete roadblocks standing by ready to be rolled onto the roads in case of attack.

One such concrete roadblock can be found on display at the Ealing Reserve, weighing a whopping 11.6 tonnes, which was unveiled in place with a commemorative plaque in 2009.

Past uses: South Canterbury Territorial encampment WW1, general recreation, Parades of the Ashburton Battalion Home Guard, full day parades in June 1943.