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 2, 1970
- Amid mounting controversy, City Council begins construction of road deviation through Hagley Park. The work was stopped by March 7 for legal reasons, and the project was eventually scrapped.
- March 2, 1974
- Re-built Centennial Pool opens.
- March 3-7, 1977
- Visit by Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
- March 3, 1862
- First meeting of the Christchurch Municipal Council, which became the Christchurch City Council in November. John Hall elected Chairman, G. Gordon first Town Clerk.
- March 3, 1879
- First Town Hall design competition. But building costs were too high and the project was abandoned in March 1882.
- March 3, 1939
- Statue of J. E. FitzGerald in Rolleston Avenue 'unveiled' as a student prank. The statue, a gift from R. E. Green, had been offered to the City Council in 1934 and to the Beautifying Association in 1936, but had been declined by both because of legal diputes between Mr Green and his family. The statue was finally accepted by the Domains Board in 1938, but was never officially unveiled.
- March 4, 1909
- Te Wai Pounamu Maori Girls College established at Ohoka. The college moved to Christchurch in 1921.
- March 4, 1977
- Museum Antarctic wing opens.
- March 5, 1863
- Samuel Bealey elected third Superintendent of Canterbury.
- March 6, 1856
- Riccarton race course established.
- March 6, 1914
- First point to point flight in Canterbury by J. W. H. Scotland from Timaru to Christchurch. In the same year, Scotland had the dubious privilege of becoming the first pilot to crash in New Zealand.
- March 6, 1989
- Visit by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.
- March 7-8, 1964
- Air exposition at airport marks opening of runway extensions (to 2400 metres) and 50th anniversary of Scotlands Timaru to Christchurch flight.
- March 7, 1925
- Cholmondeley Home for children (a gift of Hugh Heber Cholmondeley) opens at Governors Bay.
- March 8, 1958
- Christchurch athlete Marise Chamberlain breaks world record for 440 yards.
- 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.