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
- July 24, 1884
- YMCA building opens on the site of the present Police Station.
- July 24, 1983
- New Zealands first "test-tube" twins born at Christchurch Hospital.
- July 25, 1903
- City Council generates Christchurchs first public electricity from a generator driven by the municipal refuse destructor. This eventually led to the formation of the Municipal Electricity Department, which was derived from the City Engineers Department in 1925.
- July 26, 1879
- Canterbury Rugby Football Association (New Zealands first) formed.
- July 26, 1924
- Open air classrooms in use at Fendalton Primary School.
- July 27, 1851
- Storm wrecks 6 ships in Lyttelton Harbour.
- July 27, 1893
- Woolston becomes a Borough.
- July 28, 1964
- Rolleston Avenue trees cut down by City Council, at the request of Christs College Board. Intense public protest follows.
- July 28, 1986
- Grenadier Hotel demolished in Oxford Terrace. Formerly The Royal, it was the third hotel on this site since 1851.
- July 29, 1953
- Aviation pioneer Richard W. Pearse dies in Christchurch. Pearse made one of the worlds first powered flights on or about March 31, 1902 in South Canterbury. He moved to Christchurch in 1921, and worked on his astonishing "convertiplane" over many years.
- July 30, 1867
- Great Canterbury snowstorm begins. Although no accurate records are available, this may have been heavier than the record 1945 fall. Over 500,000 sheep and cattle died in Canterbury and Otago.
- July 30, 1911
- Over 40,000 people brave wet, cold weather to attend the funeral of Mayor T. E. Taylor (whose 6 weeks in office is the shortest on record).
- July 30, 1921
- Canterbury becomes the first New Zealand provincial rugby team to defeat the Springboks.
- July 30, 1976
- 7 Canterbury men in gold medal winning hockey team at the Montreal Olympics.
- 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.