Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1902

March 24
Professor Bickerton sacked from university. The charismatic and controversial professor of chemistry had been the college’s first appointment in 1874. He was ostensibly fired for mismanagement of his department, but was in fact a brilliant teacher whose star pupil was Ernest Rutherford. The real reason for his sacking seems to have been his socialist politics and his outspoken criticism of that venerable institution - marriage. See also 1929.
June 2
Municipal refuse destructor in operation. The destructor chimney, by the present site of the MED, was a dominant city landmark for many years.
July 4
New Zealand Boxing Association formed in City.
November 16
Antarctic relief ship "Morning' arrives at Lyttelton.
(no date)
New Zealand Hockey Association formed in City.
Plague hospital (which became Burwood Hospital) built at Bottle Lake.
First national boxing championships held in City.

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