Ilam, New Zealand

Ilam, New Zealand

Infobox Settlement
name = Ilam
area_total_km2 = 1.4596
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 4338
population_density_km2 = auto

: "for the electorate, see Ilam (NZ electorate)"Ilam is a leafy suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand, about five kilometres west of the city centre. It is the location of the University of Canterbury.

Located between State Highway 1 and the Christchurch International Airport, it is handily placed for transportation. It is also located close to the major retail area of Riccarton.

The suburb was named after the ancestral home of the Hon. John Charles Watts-Russell (1825-1874), who hailed from Ilam Hall in Staffordshire, England. He settled in Canterbury in 1850 and named his property "Ilam".


Cobham Intermediate School is a coeducational school located on Ilam Road, that educates in grades 7 and 8. It is the largest intermediate school in South Island. Notable alumni include John Key and Hayley Westenra.

Ilam Primary School, also located on Ilam Road, is a primary school situated next to Canterbury University whose facilities the school uses. The school educates many children from overseas. [ [ "A Unique School"] , Ilam Primary School, "accessed 22 June 2008"]


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