Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1859

April 7
Canterbury Rifles organised - the first military force in the Province. It was formed as a result of the Taranaki land wars.
May 26
Public Library begins as the Mechanics Institute in Town Hall.
August 19
Chamber of Commerce established in Lyttelton.
December
Canterbury Municipal Ordinance passed. However, it failed to receive the assent of the Governor of New Zealand. A revised ordinance succeeded in March 1861.

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