Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1883

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".
May
Woolston (now Skellerup Woolston) Brass Band formed.
December 7
Second Industrial Exhibition opens.

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