A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.
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This week in history
- April 20, 1849
- Captain Thomas (in a letter to Sir George Grey) reveals that he has chosen the present site of Christchurch for the new settlement - in spite of the fact that both the Nelson and Otago colonists had rejected it in 1841 and 1844 respectively.
- April 20, 1938
- First Inter-Dominion trotting in New Zealand held at Addington Raceway. Originally scheduled for Easter, the contest was postponed by flooding throughout the city. Further flooding after the first races delayed the finals until May 4.
- April 21, 1971
- Court Theatres first production, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie".
- April 22, 1869
- Visit of the Duke of Edinburgh (New Zealands first royal visitor).
- April 22, 1970
- New Teachers College opens at Ilam. Secondary division only. The completed complex was opened on October 26, 1978.
- April 23-24, 1966
- Visit by Queen Mother.
- April 23, 1895
- Regular Lyttelton - Wellington Cook Strait ferry service inaugurated by "Penguin".
- April 24, 1858
- Contract let for fortnightly mail service between Christchurch and Timaru.
- April 25, 1850
- Canterbury Association settlers meet in London.
- April 25, 1854
- Coal from the Malvern Hills on sale in Christchurch at £5-10s a ton.
- April 25, 1864
- Canterbury Horticultural and Acclimatisation Society formed. This group introduced many animals, birds and fish to Canterbury, and helped to establish the Government Gardens, which eventually became the Botanic Gardens.
- April 25, 1977
- Bridge of Remembrance becomes a pedestrian precinct.
- April 25, 1981
- New $16 million postal centre in Hereford Street in operation. A determined fight by civic groups had failed to prevent its siting next to the old Public Library.
- April 26, 1852
- Christs College moves from Lyttelton to Christchurch.
- 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.