Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1903

January 22
Christchurch Tramway Board (now the Christchurch Transport Board) holds its first meeting.
February 20
Singer Madam (later Dame) Nellie Melba gives concert.
April 1
Sydenham, Linwood and St Albans amalgamate with City to form greater Christchurch. Henry F. Wigram becomes Mayor.
May 25
Statue of Queen Victoria unveiled in Market Square, and the area is renamed Victoria Square.
July 18
Heavy snow in Canterbury.
July 25
City Council generates Christchurch’s first public electricity from a generator driven by the municipal refuse destructor. This eventually led to the formation of the Municipal Electricity Department, which was derived from the City Engineer’s Department in 1925.
August 17
City abattoir opens at Sockburn.
September 4
Canterbury Automobile Association formed.
November 1
Christchurch to Invercargill rail express service begins.

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