- January 3
- Graving dock in Lyttelton Harbour officially opens.
- January 26
- New Zealand Shipping Company begins direct steam service to the United Kingdom.
- February 16
- Belfast Freezing Works (the first in the Christchurch area) begin operation.
- March 20
- Sumner Town Board’s first meeting.
- March 30
- Two young boys die of exposure on the Port Hills. Monuments can still be seen near the Rapaki Track.
- April 8
- First shipment of frozen "Canterbury lamb" leaves Lyttelton for the United Kingdom on the "British King".
- Woolston (now Skellerup Woolston) Brass Band formed.
- December 7
- Second Industrial Exhibition opens.
- 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.