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
- December 7, 1883
- Second Industrial Exhibition opens.
- December 8, 1843
- Greenwood brothers (James and Joseph) settle at Purau, Lyttelton Harbour.
- December 9, 1867
- Lyttelton railway tunnel opens, the first in the world to be drilled through a volcano rim. It was New Zealands first tunnel, and at the time was described as one of the longest in the world, yet had been planned and financed by this tiny colonial settlement whose population was just over 9000, (6,647 in Christchurch and 2,510 in Lyttelton.)
- December 10, 1981
- Government announces its intention to preserve the Chief Post Office in Cathedral Square.
- December 10, 1989
- Sunday trading begins in Christchurch.
- December 11, 1979
- Completion of airport international arrivals terminal, stage 1 (arrival hall).
- December 12, 1849
- New Zealand Company agrees to reserve two and a half million acres as a site for the Canterbury settlement.
- December 12, 1941
- Slit trenches dug in Hagley Park and in Cranmer and Latimer Squares.
- December 13, 1942
- Premiere in Christchurch of "Landfall in Unknown Seas" by Douglas Lilburn and Allen Curnow.
- 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.