A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.
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This week in history
- February 6, 1866
- Telegraph to the West Coast (Hokitika) opens.
- February 6, 1908
- Stranges fire destroys buildings in High, Cashel and Lichfield Streets. Stranges Department Store was New Zealands biggest in the early days of this century. The early morning blaze spread to the DIC, Ashby Berghs and the White Hart Hotel. Damage was over £300,000, New Zealands worst to that date.
- February 6, 1914
- New evening paper, the "Sun" appears. This independent paper caused a sensation in the newspaper industry because of its modern style and lavish use of illustrations.
- February 7, 1851
- Castle Eden arrives with settlers. There had been trouble on the voyage, and her crew was arrested and imprisoned for mutiny.
- February 8, 1857
- St Andrews Presbyterian Church opens.
- February 8, 1864
- George Parrs All England cricket team defeats a Canterbury side.
- February 8, 1870
- Opening of Christchurchs first art exhibition.
- February 9, 1898
- "Black Wednesday" - Canterbury skies darkened by smoke from Australian bush fires.
- February 9, 1917
- Scott statue, sculpted by his widow, unveiled opposite the (then) Municipal Offices in Oxford Terrace.
- February 10, 1863
- First sitting of the Court of Appeal.
- February 10, 1864
- First Council artesian well drilled at the corner of Tuam and High Streets. It gushed to a height of 3 or 4 metres above ground level.
- February 10, 1913
- News reaches Christchurch of the Scott expeditions fate. The citys special relationship with the expedition caused deep mourning over the tragedy.
- February 11, 1843
- Deans, Gebbie and Manson families sail from Wellington on the Richmond to settle at Riccarton.
- February 11, 1851
- Land Office opens in Christchurch on the site now occupied by the Chamber of Commerce building.
- February 11, 1928
- Opening of St Georges private hospital.
- February 11, 1960
- Mrs H.L. Garrett appointed New Zealands first jury forewoman.
- 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.