Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1981

February 16
Seattle (Washington, USA), becomes sister city.
February 28
Visit by Mme Simone Veil, President of European Parliament.
March 28
New South Brighton bridge opens.
April 10-12
Visit by Prince of Wales.
April 25
New $16 million postal centre in Hereford Street in operation. A determined fight by civic groups had failed to prevent its siting next to the old Public Library.
April
Death in Christchurch of Mrs Agnes Lucy Whitworth, aged 108.
May 4
New southern arterial (Brougham Street to Curletts Road) opens.
May 8
Go-ahead given for National Sports Training Centre at Q.E.II Park.
June 24
First Metro Refuse transfer station (Sockburn) in operation.
August 15
Massive demonstrations in Christchurch against rugby test between All Blacks and Springboks. See our Springbok Tour online posters collection.
October 12-14
Visit by Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
October
Private developer begins transformation of the old Normal School into residential apartments, ending the city’s most protracted preservation battle.
December 10
Government announces its intention to preserve the Chief Post Office in Cathedral Square.

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