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
- November 22, 1986
- Visit by Pope John Paul II (the first head of the Catholic Church to visit New Zealand).
- November 22, 1987
- "Trans Alpine" express train designed specifically for the tourist trade, begins its daily run from Christchurch to Greymouth.
- November 23, 1984
- The first woman to head the Methodist Church is Rev Dr Phyllis Guthardt a Christchurch Minister from Riccarton Parish. See 1959
- November 23, 1988
- Human remains dating back to pre-European Maori settlement found while excavating for YMCA building on the corner of Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue. Area declared tapu for 24 hours until remains removed.
- November 24, 1881
- St Albans Borough formed.
- November 25, 1913
- 700 "specials" (special constables enlisted mainly from farming districts) occupy Lyttelton to allow "free labour to work the wharves. In spite of this provocative action, there was no serious violence in Christchurch or Lyttelton throughout the strike.
- November 25, 1940
- Holmwood, en route from the Chathams to Lyttelton, sunk by German raiders. Passengers and crew were taken aboard the German ships, and eventually made their way home 2 months later.
- November 25, 1956
- Richard Pearses
convertiplanetaken to Auckland. It is now on display in Aucklands Museum of Transport and Technology.
- November 25, 1980
- Totem Pole placed in new location at Christchurch Airport.
- November 26, 1857
- Opening of the first building (long since demolished) on the present Christs College site. The schools original planned site was in Cathedral Square, but the land had been exchanged for the present Hagley Park site to allow room for expansion.
- November 26, 1910
- The ill-fated second Scott expedition leaves Lyttelton on the "Terra Nova", bound for Antarctica. See 1988.
- November 26, 1959
- Memorial Avenue (a memorial to airmen killed in W.W.II) officially opens.
- November 27, 1985
- Remains of swimming pool uncovered when excavating behind No 1 stand at Lancaster Park. Pool used as venue for 1907 Australian and New Zealand Swimming Championships. See 1894.
- November 27, 1989
- TV3 transmission starts.
- November 28, 1893
- Women vote for the first time in parliamentary elections.
- November 28, 1908
- Work begins on the Summit Road, the first part of Harry Ells obsessional dream.
- November 28, 1964
- Opening of Cashin Quay, Lyttelton Harbour. The engineering techniques used in reclaiming this area were unique in the world.
- 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.