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
- May 2, 1872
- New St Michaels Anglican Church opens.
- May 3, 1851
- George Gould opens shop in Christchurch. The business eventually became part of Pyne Gould Guinness and Co.
- May 3, 1865
- First Catholic school opens in a small cottage in Lichfield Street.
- May 3, 1985
- 6,000 Christchurch citizens rally against the All Black tour of South Africa.
- May 4, 1858
- Last of the town reserves sold.
- May 4, 1932
- Christchurch Tramway strike. One of the bitterest in the citys history, it lasted 16 days. There were many injuries and arrests among the strikers. The tram sheds were barricaded with barbed wire, and trams were fitted with wire mesh screens over their windows to ward off attacks.
- May 4, 1981
- New southern arterial (Brougham Street to Curletts Road) opens.
- May 5, 1863
- Christchurch Gas Company formed.
- May 5, 1970
- Visit by Canadian Premier, Pierre Trudeau.
- May 6, 1939
- New Municipal Electricity Department building opens.
- May 7, 1917
- Canterbury Aviation Company makes first flights from Sockburn Aerodrome, New Zealands first airport.
- May 8, 1885
- Strike in boot factories.
- May 8, 1945
- V.E. (Victory in Europe) day celebrations.
- May 8, 1975
- New Zealands first mini roundabout in operation at the corner of Riccarton Road and Deans Avenue.
- May 8, 1981
- Go-ahead given for National Sports Training Centre at Q.E.II Park.
- May 8, 1987
- Sir Neil Isaac, founder of Peacock Springs Conservation Park dies.
- 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.