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
- January 29, 1875
- Kaiapoi Woollen Mills founded.
- January 31, 1921
- New Zealands first regular airmail service begins between Christchurch, Ashburton and Timaru.
- February 2, 1960
- Burnside High School opens. For a long time it was the biggest high school in the Southern Hemisphere.
- February 2, 1974
- Commonwealth Games end with "the greatest middle distance race of all time". Tanzanian Filbert Bayi wins the 1500 metres in new world record time. Second was John Walker who also broke the existing record. The national records of five countries Tanzania, Kenya, Australia, Great Britian and New Zealand - were all broken in this race.
- February 2, 1982
- New central Public Library (designed by Warren and Mahoney) opens in Gloucester Street.
- February 3, 1915
- Canterbury Battalion sustains New Zealands first casualties of W.W.I at Suez Canal.
- February 3, 1962
- Peter Snell sets new world records for the half mile and 800 metres at Lancaster Park.
- February 4-14, 1971
- Great Moscow Circus performs in North Hagley Park.
- February 4-5, 1868
- Severe storm and gales. Several ships wrecked, floods throughout Canterbury. Waimakariri River overflows into the Avon causing serious flooding. Water flows a metre deep in Market Square (now Victoria Square).
- February 4, 1876
- Railway south completed to Timaru.
- February 4, 1907
- Serious fire on the Port Hills. Victoria Park plantation destroyed.
- 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.