Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1979

January 8
First women bus drivers on Transport Board buses.
February 20
8.5 metre totara log removed from the Avon near the Barbadoes Street bridge. A remnant of the pre-Polynesian forests, it had been buried beneath the river for centuries.
February 25
Concert by jazzman "Count" Basie and his orchestra.
April 1
Lyttelton road tunnel becomes toll-free.
July 11
First meeting of the Canterbury United Council.
July 15-21
D’oyly Carte Opera Company gives performances.
July 17
Visit by Princess Anne.
August
RNZAF national aviation museum officially established at Wigram.
October 15
Visit by King Tupou IV and the Queen of Tonga.
October 30
University of Canterbury gives old university site to the Arts Centre Trust Board.
October 31
USN Starlifter crash lands at airport - no-one hurt.
November 5
Regent Theatre gutted by fire.
December 11
Completion of airport international arrivals terminal, stage 1 (arrival hall).
December 17
City Council approves Neighbourhood Committee scheme.
December
Christchurch City Council rejects flouridation of the water supply.

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