Christchurch: a chronology

A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

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This week in history

June 30, 1849
Canterbury’s first “industrial action” - Maori road workers in Evans Pass (constructing a road across the Port Hills) go on strike as a reaction to verbal abuse and dismissals.
June 30, 1849
New Zealand Company buys the remaining French interests at Akaroa from the Nanto-Bordelaise Company.
June 30, 1975
TV2 transmission starts.
July 1, 1862
New Zealand’s first telegraph in operation between Christchurch and Lyttelton.
July 1, 1865
Lyttelton Harbour breakwaters begun.
July 1, 1865
Severe thunderstorm. Man killed by lightning at Avonside.
July 1, 1935
Evening papers "Star" and "Sun" merge to become the "Star Sun", ending a 6 year newspaper war, the longest and most bitter in New Zealand’s history. The "peace" agreement between the 3 companies concerned also saw the demise of the "Christchurch Times" (once the "Lyttelton Times"), the oldest daily paper in the country.
July 1, 1985
Open road speed limit raised from 80 kph to 100 kph.
July 4, 1902
New Zealand Boxing Association formed in City.
July 4, 1977
Hundreds evacuated as serious flooding affects City.
July 6, 1887
Heavy floods. 3 young men drown in the Avon River as a result of a boating mishap.