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Last reviewed: Tue, 17 Feb 2015

Godley Statue

Godley Statue.


Cathedral Square on Reserve.


This is a two metre bronze standing figure of John Robert Godley, founder of the Canterbury Settlement. The statue was originally installed in Cathedral Square in August 1867.

The statue has a Group 1 heritage listing in the Christchurch City Plan and is listed as a Category I historic place by Heritage New Zealand. This is the highest possible protection rating.

During the February 2011 earthquake the statue fell of its plinth, suffering damage to the limbs and back of head. The statue was on display in Canterbury Museum and Quake City before being removed for repair on April 28 2014. Advice was sought from international conservation experts on the best restoration method. Restoration work included strengthening and bronze repairs.

The statue was reinstated at Cathedral Square on 18 February 2015.


Authorising Unit: Transport and Greenspace

Last reviewed: Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Next review: Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Keywords: cathedral square, memorial, statue