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
- July 31, 1856
- By Royal Charter, Christchurch becomes New Zealands first city.
- August 1, 1929
- "Lyttelton Times" re-named "Christchurch Times" after being taken over by Auckland interests. In fact, the paper had moved from Lyttelton to Christchurch in 1863.
- August 1, 1975
- Severe nor-west gale causes serious damage throughout city and province. Winds gust to a record 172 kilometres per hour (107 miles per hour). Over 250 injuries in Canterbury, and many forests devastated.
- August 3, 1910
- Canterbury Croquet Association (New Zealands first) formed in City.
- August 4, 1878
- Severe snowstorm over the South Island.
- August 4, 1923
- Railway to the West Coast opens. The much delayed opening of the Otira tunnel on June 18, 1918, had prevented earlier completion of the line.
- August 6, 1867
- Unveiling of the Godley statue in Cathedral Square New Zealands first public statue. However, the statues inscription acclaiming him founder of Canterbury is possibly over generous. Wakefield should at least share the title.
- 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.