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
- April 23-24, 1966
- Visit by Queen Mother.
- April 23, 1895
- Regular Lyttelton - Wellington Cook Strait ferry service inaugurated by "Penguin".
- April 24, 1858
- Contract let for fortnightly mail service between Christchurch and Timaru.
- April 25, 1850
- Canterbury Association settlers meet in London.
- April 25, 1854
- Coal from the Malvern Hills on sale in Christchurch at £5-10s a ton.
- April 25, 1864
- Canterbury Horticultural and Acclimatisation Society formed. This group introduced many animals, birds and fish to Canterbury, and helped to establish the Government Gardens, which eventually became the Botanic Gardens.
- April 25, 1977
- Bridge of Remembrance becomes a pedestrian precinct.
- April 25, 1981
- New $16 million postal centre in Hereford Street in operation. A determined fight by civic groups had failed to prevent its siting next to the old Public Library.
- April 26, 1852
- Christs College moves from Lyttelton to Christchurch.
- April 27, 1872
- Railway north open to Kaiapoi.
- April 28-29, 1983
- Visit of Prince and Princess of Wales.
- April 29, 1925
- Rev J.K. Archer becomes Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealands first Labour mayor.
- April 29, 1974
- Cr. David Caygill, aged 25, becomes the citys youngest ever acting Mayor (for 5 days).
- 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.
More about the Christchurch Chronology.
- 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.