Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1947

February 26
First ticketed airline flight from New Zealand - Lancastrian City of London flies from Harewood to Sydney.
March
First issue of literary magazine Landfall published by Caxton Press.
May 14
Mabel Howard (Sydenham) becomes Minister of Health, the country’s first woman Cabinet Minister.
July 22
Visit by Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery.
November 18
Disastrous fire in Ballantynes Department store. 41 lives lost in New Zealand’s worst fire tragedy. The fire led to drastic revisions of fire safety codes throughout the country.
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Municipal tepid baths close (opened 1908).
First women’s pipe band in New Zealand formed in City.

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