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
- March 25, 1879
- New Zealands first telephones in operation in City.
- March 25, 1930
- New Zealands first country library service begins as Canterbury adult rural education scheme under the auspices of the W.E.A.
- March 26, 1891
- New Zealands first agricultural conference held in City.
- March 27, 1848
- Canterbury Association decides to buy land from the New Zealand Company.
- March 27, 1856
- First wool cargo shipped to London from Lyttelton (via Auckland).
- March 28, 1981
- New South Brighton bridge opens.
- March 30, 1883
- Two young boys die of exposure on the Port Hills. Monuments can still be seen near the Rapaki Track.
- March 31, 1854
- Weld and Clifford pioneer the inland stock route to Marlborough.
- March 31, 1863
- 21 Canterbury military volunteers sail north on Phoebe for duty in the Waikato land wars.
- March 31, 1904
- New Zealands first coin-in-the-slot postal franking machine on public trial in 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.
More about the Christchurch Chronology.
- 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.