Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1879

March 3
First Town Hall design competition. But building costs were too high and the project was abandoned in March 1882.
March 25
New Zealand’s first telephones in operation in City.
April
Pioneer Bicycle Club formed. It later became the Pioneer Sports Club. A gift of $230,000 from the club assisted the construction of Pioneer Stadium in 1978.
July 11
Post Office building in Cathedral Square completed.
July 26
Canterbury Rugby Football Association (New Zealand’s first) formed.
September 3
Canterbury Industrial Association formed (now the Canterbury Manufacturers Association).
September
Permanent sewer construction under way.
December 26
Serious Catholic/Protestant riot in Manchester Street.

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