Christchurch: a chronology

A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

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This week in history

September 18, 1980
Theatre Royal bought by Theatre Royal Charitable Foundation to be renovated and preserved as a theatre.
September 18, 1989
Final meeting, (its 4,032nd), of the old Christchurch City Council before amalgamation.
September 19, 1865
South Island Separation Bill defeated in Parliament by 31 votes to 17.
September 19, 1904
Concert by pianist Jan Paderewski. He later became Prime Minister of Poland.
September 19, 1977
Visit by Prince and Princess Prem Purachatra of Thailand.
September 20, 1916
Canterbury Aviation Company founded by Henry (later Sir Henry) Wigram.
September 21, 1867
Trout introduced from Tasmania. The ova were reared in special covered ponds built in Hagley Park next to the hospital. Salmon were introduced a year later.
September 23, 1914
First Canterbury contingent sails on "Tahiti" and "Athenic" from Lyttelton for the war in Europe.
September 23, 1977
First Vietnamese refugees arrive in City.