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
- August 19, 1840
- French settlers land at Akaroa.
- August 19, 1859
- Chamber of Commerce established in Lyttelton.
- August 20, 1860
- Canterbury Vocal Society formed. After several changes of name, it became the Royal Christchurch Musical Society in 1920. It is the oldest continually operating choral group in New Zealand.
- August 20, 1984
- A longterm aim of banning open fires is approved by the Christchurch City Council.
- August 21, 1989
- Sir Hamish Hay announces he will not stand for position of Mayor after 15 years in Local Body politics.
- August 22, 1910
- Ilam homestead (on the site of the present university staff club) destroyed by fire.
- August 22, 1925
- Radio Broadcasting Company of N.Z. incorporated in Christchurch - the countrys first public radio company. The company became the major force in early radio, eventually owning and operating a chain of YA stations throughout the country. See 1932
- August 24, 1857
- Evans Pass road over the Port Hills opens.
- August 24, 1914
- Large patriotic procession boosts war fever.
- August 25, 1920
- First flight over Cook Strait (Christchurch to Trentham) by Captain Euan Dickson in a Canterbury Aviation Company plane.
- 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.