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
- December 3, 1867
- Canterbury Museum (New Zealands first) opened to public in an upstairs room in the Canterbury Provincial Government Buildings The collection had been assembled by Julius (later Sir Julius) Von Haast. See 1872
- December 3, 1924
- Childrens Library opens in Hereford Street.
- December 3, 1972
- First jumbo jet lands at airport.
- December 5, 1881
- Earthquake damages Cathedral spire.
- December 5, 1987
- Rev Margaret Wood elected the first female Archdeacon in the Christchurch Anglican Diocese.
- December 6, 1983
- 16 year old Christchurch student David Tan completes B.Sc Honours degree at Canterbury University to become New Zealands youngest ever university graduate.
- December 7, 1883
- Second Industrial Exhibition opens.
- December 8, 1843
- Greenwood brothers (James and Joseph) settle at Purau, Lyttelton Harbour.
- December 9, 1867
- Lyttelton railway tunnel opens, the first in the world to be drilled through a volcano rim. It was New Zealands first tunnel, and at the time was described as one of the longest in the world, yet had been planned and financed by this tiny colonial settlement whose population was just over 9000, (6,647 in Christchurch and 2,510 in Lyttelton.)
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