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 21, 1987
- St Michaels Church Day School - 136th anniversary.
- July 22, 1918
- After heavy snow - 175mm (7inches) - Christchurch experiences its coldest day on record. The temperature did not rise above 1 deg C.
- July 22, 1947
- Visit by Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery.
- July 23, 1851
- Pioneer William Deans among 28 lost in the wreck of the Maria in Cook Strait. Godley had tried to deprive the Deans and Hay families of their farms because he wanted only Anglicans to own land in the new settlement. The Deans brothers had sold sheep to pay the legal costs of fighting Godleys high handed action, and William Deans was travelling to Sydney to buy replacement stock.
- July 23, 1857
- First dramatic presentation in Canterbury, which featured Mrs Foley in The Loan of a Lover and Betsy Baker at the Lyttelton Town Hall.
- July 23, 1935
- 2nd concert by violinist Yehudi Menuhin (already famous at only 17).
- July 23, 1987
- Lotto sales start.
- July 24, 1884
- YMCA building opens on the site of the present Police Station.
- July 24, 1983
- New Zealands first "test-tube" twins born at Christchurch Hospital.
- July 25, 1903
- City Council generates Christchurchs first public electricity from a generator driven by the municipal refuse destructor. This eventually led to the formation of the Municipal Electricity Department, which was derived from the City Engineers Department in 1925.
- July 26, 1879
- Canterbury Rugby Football Association (New Zealands first) formed.
- July 26, 1924
- Open air classrooms in use at Fendalton Primary School.
- July 27, 1851
- Storm wrecks 6 ships in Lyttelton Harbour.
- July 27, 1893
- Woolston becomes a Borough.
- 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.