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OUR ORIGINS

Oxford has come a long way since it was first settled in the mid-1800s. In April 1861, there were only 25 residents in the electoral role, but farming and forestry-related industries boosted the population to 513 eligible voters by 1881. We are now at 2,200 people and welcome new and old friends to come and visit.


The naming of Oxford is after, as with other Canterbury towns, the Bishop of Oxford. It seems it was proposed as a suitable university site. He is said to have suggested, "The Bishop is also desirous that the college should be placed at one of the inland towns to remove the youth from the society of a seaport"! 

The Oxford Museum is a treasure for those interested in history. For example, if you want to learn about the great Oxford fire of January 14, 1898, that's the place to go.  They also have extensive searchable land, school and grave records for the settlers from early times.

The large carpark and proximity to cafes and shops make the museum an attractive option for a weekend visit.

Find the Oxford Museum at 70 Main Street, Oxford. 

Summer Opening Hours:   From September 1 to May 31
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 1 pm – 3.30 pm,   Sundays 11 pm to 4 pm

Winter  Opening Hours: From 1 June to Aug 31
Sundays 11pm to 4.00pm

Entry is free, but as a volunteer group, they appreciate donations.

Group visits can be arranged at other times. 

Discovering Oxford's History
Discovering Oxford's History
Discovering Oxford's History
Discovering Oxford's History
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