The Association was formed in 1972 as the Avon Loop Protection Association, changing to its present name in 1976. Its main achievement has been to secure the residential character of the Avon Loop, an attractive and historically interesting part of the city, and it continues to focus on community and environmental issues in that area.
In about 1920 Miss Eanice Peters started helping her father in his newly established boot repair business in Papanui Road. She continued the business for 50 years until her retirement in 1970, when the shop closed.
John March arrived in Lyttelton on the John Taylor in 1853, aged 17. He at first worked on farms, and tried his hand at gold mining. He was befriended, in Christchurch, by Edward Jerningham Wakefield. He became a civil servant, at first for the Provincial and subsequently for the central Government, becoming in time Chief Immigration Officer for the South Island. In 1886 he was appointed Steward of Village Settlements in Canterbury, and in 1891 for the whole colony.
Pauline O'Regan grew up in Cronadun, on the West Coast. In 1942, at the age of 21, she joined the Sisters of Mercy. She taught for 25 years in Catholic secondary schools, becoming headmistress of Villa Maria in Christchurch. In February 1973 she and two other nuns, Teresa O'Connor and Helen Goggin, left the convent to live in a state house in Aranui, intent upon living with the people they wished to help.
The architect Henry Cridland was born in Somerset. With his wife and child he arrived in Wellington in 1843 on the Ursula. In 1849 the family moved to Canterbury, as Henry was appointed Superintendent of Public Works to the Canterbury Association. With Torlesse and others he surveyed roads etc. for the establishment of Christchurch and district. He bought land at Hoon Hay. Perhaps his main architectural achievement was St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Christchurch, which was opened in 1857, the first Presbyterian church in Christchurch. Henry Cridland died at his home in Colombo Street, aged 46.
J.D. McKenzie was educated at Dannevirke High School and at Otago University, where he was Senior Scholar for New Zealand in mathematics and physics when he graduated B. Sc. in 1929. In 1930 he gained an M. Sc. with Honours in mathematics, and the same in physics the following year. He taught at Christchurch Boys' High School and at Canterbury Technical College, then joined the New Zealand Technical Correspondence Institute, where he taught for about 28 years, retiring as Deputy Principal in 1975.