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
- March 10, 1907
- Foundation stone laid for the Cashmere sanitorium. Poet James K. Baxter was an undistinguished employee in the 1940s.
- March 11, 1899
- Railway accident at Rakaia kills 4 and injures 22. The 2 trains which collided were crowded with Islington freezing workers returning from an excursion. The accident led to dramatic immprovements in railway signals, braking systems and safety equipment.
- March 12-15, 1927
- Visit of Duke of York (later King George VI).
- March 14, 1987
- Te Maori exhibition opens at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery. Over a nine week period, 147,012 people visited Te Maori, the largest number to a single exhibition at the Gallery
- March 15, 1854
- Sheepstealer James McKenzie arrested and imprisoned at Lyttelton. He subsequently escaped and was recaptured several times, and was conditionally pardoned on January 11, 1856.
- March 15, 1856
- Christchurch Club formed.
- March 15, 1982
- City Council resolution declares Christchurch City a nuclear weapons free zone.
- March 15, 1983
- New Zealands first "test-tube" baby born at St Georges Hospital.
- March 16-17, 1970
- Visit by the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Princess Anne.
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