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
- September 1, 1888
- Earthquake causes damage throughout City. Cathedral spire badly damaged.
- September 1, 1906
- First Timaru to Christchurch cycle race.
- September 1, 1924
- New City Council offices in Manchester Street open. The first of the Councils 2 recycled office buildings, this had been the Canterbury Exhibition Hall, gutted by fire in 1917.
- September 1, 1940
- New Zealand Railways railcar sets a speed record of 125 kilometres per hour (78 miles per hour) near Rolleston. This is still the highest speed officially acknowledged on the New Zealand rail system.
- September 2, 1885
- Public meeting of 25,000 (possibly the countrys biggest to that time) in Hagley Park in support of the proposal to build a railway to the West Coast (the Midland Line).
- September 3, 1879
- Canterbury Industrial Association formed (now the Canterbury Manufacturers Association).
- September 4, 1903
- Canterbury Automobile Association formed.
- September 5, 1985
- French agent Dominique Prieur convicted over the bombing of the Greenpeace ship "Rainbow Warrior", transferred from Mt Eden Jail to Christchurch Womens Prison.
- September 5, 1987
- Canterbury Rowing Club 125th anniversary - believed to be the oldest sports club in New Zealand. See 1861.
- September 5, 1988
- Stanley Reid, New Zealand's longest serving prisoner (43 years) dies in Christchurch.
- September 6, 1878
- Railway to Dunedin officially opens.
- September 6, 1980
- $9.5 million Icon exhibition opens at Robert McDougall Art Gallery.
- September 7, 1850
- First Canterbury Association settlers sail from Plymouth, England on the Charlotte Jane, Randolph and Cressy.
- September 7, 1863
- Citys first murder trial. G. Lumley convicted.
- 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.