- European population of Banks Peninsula approximately 80, mostly at whaling stations.
- February 15
- Chiefs Tairoa, Tuhawaiki and Karetai
sell the South Islandto John Jones and W. C. Wentworth for 500.
- April 12
- Sarah and Elizabeth lands Herriot, McGillivray, Ellis, Shaw (and wife) and McKinnon (with his wife and child) who try to establish a farm at Riccarton. They are the first European settlers on the plains. (see 1841)
- May 28
- Major Bunbury on HMS Herald visits Akaroa collecting signatures of Māori chiefs for the Treaty of Waitangi.
- August 9
- Captain Langlois in the Compte de Paris arrives in Pigeon Bay with 63 French settlers.
- August 10
- Captain Owen Stanley in HMS Britomart dashes to Akaroa and raises the British flag to proclaim sovereignty over the South Island.
- August 19
- French settlers land at Akaroa.
- 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.
More about the Christchurch Chronology.
- 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.