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

May 2, 1872
New St Michael’s Anglican Church opens.
May 3, 1851
George Gould opens shop in Christchurch. The business eventually became part of Pyne Gould Guinness and Co.
May 3, 1865
First Catholic school opens in a small cottage in Lichfield Street.
May 3, 1985
6,000 Christchurch citizens rally against the All Black tour of South Africa.
May 4, 1858
Last of the town reserves sold.
May 4, 1932
Christchurch Tramway strike. One of the bitterest in the city’s history, it lasted 16 days. There were many injuries and arrests among the strikers. The tram sheds were barricaded with barbed wire, and trams were fitted with wire mesh screens over their windows to ward off attacks.
May 4, 1981
New southern arterial (Brougham Street to Curletts Road) opens.
May 5, 1863
Christchurch Gas Company formed.
May 5, 1970
Visit by Canadian Premier, Pierre Trudeau.
May 6, 1939
New Municipal Electricity Department building opens.
May 7, 1917
Canterbury Aviation Company makes first flights from Sockburn Aerodrome, New Zealand’s first airport.
May 8, 1885
Strike in boot factories.
May 8, 1945
V.E. (Victory in Europe) day celebrations.
May 8, 1975
New Zealand’s first mini roundabout in operation at the corner of Riccarton Road and Deans Avenue.
May 8, 1981
Go-ahead given for National Sports Training Centre at Q.E.II Park.
May 8, 1987
Sir Neil Isaac, founder of Peacock Springs Conservation Park dies.