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
- January 22, 1903
- Christchurch Tramway Board (now the Christchurch Transport Board) holds its first meeting.
- January 22, 1929
- Death of Professor Bickerton in England. Since his sacking by the university - see 1902 - he had operated the extraordinary Pleasure Gardens at Wainoni, made fireworks, promoted patent medicines and then travelled to England to promote his "partial impact" astronomical theory.
- January 24, 1865
- Steam fire engine arrives, (the first in New Zealand) and is named Extinguisher.
- January 24, 1941
- Civic reception for playwright/composer Noel Coward.
- January 24, 1974
- 10th Commonwealth Games open at Queen Elizabeth II Park, one of the greatest sporting events in New Zealands history. Visitors include the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne. Highlight of the opening ceremony was the New Zealand Army Bands spectacular novelty marching routine. Seen on international live TV, the idea was soon copied by bandsmen throughout the Commonwealth.
- January 25, 1892
- African explorer H.M. Stanley visits.
- January 25, 1974
- Cantabrian Richard Tayler wins 10,000 metres in games record time. This was the first live colour TV coverage of a major race. Tayler was honoured as 1974 "Sportsman of the Year', but his sports career was cut tragically short by the onset of crippling arthritis.
- January 26, 1883
- New Zealand Shipping Company begins direct steam service to the United Kingdom.
- January 26, 1974
- Christchurch students Mark Treffers and Janie Parkhouse win gold medals in Commonwealth Games swimming events.
- January 27, 1860
- Writer Samuel Butler arrives at Lyttelton on Roman Emperor. He is best remembered for the novel Erewhon, published after his return to England several years later.
- January 27, 1873
- Christchurch Domains Board constituted.
- January 28, 1851
- Fire destroys a large part of Riccarton (Deans) Bush.
- 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.