Heritage

Christchurch - a chronology

1988

January
Construction begins on Christchurch’s tallest building to date, the 76.3m Price Waterhouse building.
February 16
Mr William Burton, the last surviving member of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s "Terra Nova" expedition of 1910-1913, dies in Christchurch, aged 99. See 1910.
April 19
Proposal for 152 metre tower in Victoria Square abandoned after much public debate.
May 22-25
Snow falls in Central City for first time in 10 years.
June 22
Visit by Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos of Spain.
July 19
Jock Orr, nicknamed "The Birdman" after befriending birds in Cathedral Square, dies in Christchurch.
September 5
Stanley Reid, New Zealand’s longest serving prisoner (43 years) dies in Christchurch.
September 9
8.5o frost coldest in September since records began at Airport 25 years ago.
September
Record 400 births for month at Christchurch Womens’ Hospital.
October 3
Park Royal Hotel opens in Victoria Square.
October 11
"The Wizard" wages war against the Tasteless tyrants of Telecom by repainting the New blue telephone boxes traditional red.
October 16
Victoria Square Amphitheatre opens.
October 22
Announcement of the appointment of Patricia Costigan as Christchurch’s first female District Court Judge.
November 12
Richard Hadlee takes his 374th test wicket at Bangalore, India setting a new world record.
November 23
Human remains dating back to pre-European Māori settlement found while excavating for YMCA building on the corner of Hereford Street and Rolleston Avenue. Area declared tapu for 24 hours until remains removed.
November 21
Visit by Chinese Premier Li Peng.
November 29
Visit by Chinese delegates from Sister City of Gansu Province.
December 1
125th anniversary of the opening of New Zealand’s first steam passenger railway from Christchurch to Ferrymead. (Commemorated Labour Weekend with a steam train cavalcade. See 1863)
December 30
Water restrictions in force for first time in City’s history as water tables dropped to record low levels.
December
Scimitar horned oryx born at Orana Park by artificial insemination. First in world and claimed as a milestone in animal park management.

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