Christchurch: a chronology

A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

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This week in history

March 25, 1879
New Zealand’s first telephones in operation in City.
March 25, 1930
New Zealand’s first country library service begins as Canterbury adult rural education scheme under the auspices of the W.E.A.
March 26, 1891
New Zealand’s 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 Zealand’s first coin-in-the-slot postal franking machine on public trial in Christchurch.