Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1870

February 9
Opening of Christchurch’s first art exhibition which was held in the recently completed but as yet unoccupied Canterbury Museum. See the digitised catalogue of the exhibition.
October 1
Opening of Canterbury Museum building, designed by B. W. Mountfort.
October 24
Disastrous fire (New Zealand’s most extensive to that date) destroys the centre of Lyttelton.
December 26
First rowing regatta on the Avon.
December
National railway gauge chosen as 3ft 6in. Existing 5ft 3in lines in Canterbury were subsequently re-laid in the New gauge. See 1877.

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