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
- July 28, 1964
- Rolleston Avenue trees cut down by City Council, at the request of Christs College Board. Intense public protest follows.
- July 28, 1986
- Grenadier Hotel demolished in Oxford Terrace. Formerly The Royal, it was the third hotel on this site since 1851.
- July 29, 1953
- Aviation pioneer Richard W. Pearse dies in Christchurch. Pearse made one of the worlds first powered flights on or about March 31, 1902 in South Canterbury. He moved to Christchurch in 1921, and worked on his astonishing "convertiplane" over many years.
- July 30, 1867
- Great Canterbury snowstorm begins. Although no accurate records are available, this may have been heavier than the record 1945 fall. Over 500,000 sheep and cattle died in Canterbury and Otago.
- July 30, 1911
- Over 40,000 people brave wet, cold weather to attend the funeral of Mayor T. E. Taylor (whose 6 weeks in office is the shortest on record).
- July 30, 1921
- Canterbury becomes the first New Zealand provincial rugby team to defeat the Springboks.
- July 30, 1976
- 7 Canterbury men in gold medal winning hockey team at the Montreal Olympics.
- July 31, 1856
- By Royal Charter, Christchurch becomes New Zealands first city.
- August 1, 1929
- "Lyttelton Times" re-named "Christchurch Times" after being taken over by Auckland interests. In fact, the paper had moved from Lyttelton to Christchurch in 1863.
- August 1, 1975
- Severe nor-west gale causes serious damage throughout city and province. Winds gust to a record 172 kilometres per hour (107 miles per hour). Over 250 injuries in Canterbury, and many forests devastated.
- August 3, 1910
- Canterbury Croquet Association (New Zealands first) formed in City.
- 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.