A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.
Go to a year between 1700 & 1989
This week in history
- September 18, 1980
- Theatre Royal bought by Theatre Royal Charitable Foundation to be renovated and preserved as a theatre.
- September 18, 1989
- Final meeting, (its 4,032nd), of the old Christchurch City Council before amalgamation.
- September 19, 1865
- South Island Separation Bill defeated in Parliament by 31 votes to 17.
- September 19, 1904
- Concert by pianist Jan Paderewski. He later became Prime Minister of Poland.
- September 19, 1977
- Visit by Prince and Princess Prem Purachatra of Thailand.
- September 20, 1916
- Canterbury Aviation Company founded by Henry (later Sir Henry) Wigram.
- September 21, 1867
- Trout introduced from Tasmania. The ova were reared in special covered ponds built in Hagley Park next to the hospital. Salmon were introduced a year later.
- September 23, 1914
- First Canterbury contingent sails on "Tahiti" and "Athenic" from Lyttelton for the war in Europe.
- September 23, 1977
- First Vietnamese refugees arrive in City.
- September 24, 1881
- Telephone exchange (the first in New Zealand) begins operation.
- September 24, 1960
- Jellie Park Pool opens.
- Information for this resource was based on the second edition of John Densem’s Christchurch chronology: a history of settlement. Environmental Policy and Planning Policy Unit, Christchurch City Council, 1990.
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- This resource includes links to various other local history resources on our websites and images from our photographs collection - clicking on the image will take you to a larger version of that image.