Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1926

March
Radio station 3YA begins transmission. At first, the station was operated by the old Radio Society for the Radio Broadcasting Company of N.Z.
May 29
New Zealand’s first sports broadcast - a rugby match from Lancaster Park. Commentator Allan Allardyce was soon to pioneer broadcasts of racing, cricket and hockey for station 3YA. He also gave live coverage of Kingsford-Smith’s landing at Wigram in 1928.
May
Vertical aerial photos taken of the complete city area for the City Council. This was probably the country’s first aerial mapping.
December
Rewi Alley leaves Christchurch to settle in China.
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Bishopscourt building (designed by Cecil Wood) opens.
G.M. Keys pioneers vocational guidance in New Zealand for the YMCA in Christchurch.
Ballerina Anna Pavlova performs.
South Island’s first railcar (an Edison battery unit) in operation through the Lyttelton tunnel.

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