Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1899

March 11
Railway accident at Rakaia kills 4 and injures 22. The 2 trains which collided were crowded with Islington freezing workers returning from an excursion. The accident led to dramatic immprovements in railway signals, braking systems and safety equipment.
October 5
First Boer War contingent leaves Lyttelton.
October
First car imported to the South Island by Nicholas Oates. See also 1900.
November 2
Balloonist "Captain" Lorraine lost at sea after an ascent from Lancaster Park.
November 6
Addington Raceway holds inaugural meeting.

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